AN exhibition featuring the hopes and dreams of the Morwell community is on show to the local community for the next two months.

Following successful showings at Switchback Gallery in Churchill last year, and at State Parliament in May this year, the ‘Our hopes for the future of Morwell’ photographic exhibition will be on show at Mid Valley Shopping Centre in Morwell.

The exhibition was developed by the Federation University-led Community Wellbeing research stream of the Hazelwood Health Study in collaboration with Morwell Neighbourhood House and Gippsland Centre for Art and Design at Federation University Australia.

It features 24 photographs of community groups and members holding objects symbolising their hopes for the future of Morwell.

The project came to fruition following extensive consultations with local groups about ways to strengthen community wellbeing and recovery post Hazelwood mine fire and power station closure.

Community groups and members chose to be photographed with images that symbolise their hopes for the future. The resulting photographic images express their contributions to a positive conversation about the future for Morwell.

“This exhibition evolved from research into recovery from the Hazelwood mine fire. We listened and clearly heard that people wanted to do something positive about Morwell and to be a part of the conversations about the future,” Health Study researcher Dr Sue Whyte said.

The photographs, taken by Clive Hutchison, also feature an accompanying caption written by each participating group describing what the object represents for them.

The exhibition will be on show from October through to early December.

“This exhibition is important because it demonstrates that this community, which has suffered a number of setbacks including the Hazelwood mine fire, and the subsequent closure of the mine and Hazelwood power station, is showing resilience and optimism in the face of adversity,” Dr Sue Yell, Community Wellbeing Research Lead and exhibition organiser, said.