Periodic weekly visual art workshops have been run on a voluntary basis by different freelance artists, e.g. Alex Hirtzel, Loraine Leeson from cSPACE, and Emma Roper-Evans.
The main aim of these initiatives is to create an opportunity for Roma and non-Roma children to enhance their artistic creativity and self-expression.
The aim of this Project was for the young participants to draw on their local expertise to identify what is best in their communities, which is also unique, exciting and accessible for 11-19 age group. The Project offered a means for 12 Roma young people to take ownership and demonstrate pride in their neighbourhoods, while creating a real resource for an age group often overlooked in visitor information.
They learned new media skills while playing a collaborative role in the development of an innovative product around a unique event. Professional practitioners aided by university students supported participants in the production of digital photography and text describing what they felt was good and what should be shared about their local area. This ultimately helped young people gain in confidence and self-esteem while becoming further informed about their own locality and the changing local landscape.
The photographs taken by our young people can be seen on the following web pages of the Young People’s Guide 2 East London: