Youth Art Installation unveiled at leading housing association
Southern Housing Group, one of the largest housing providers in the south east of England, has brightened up its head office in London, thanks to the artistic skills of a number of its young residents.
The Group worked with Empowered Ltd, an organisation that helps young people enhance their personal and professional development, to create ten paintings that will be hung in the Group’s offices.
Empowered Ltd, led a consultation with 32 young people aged 8-19 and 10 adults about their home, their community and their hopes. They then worked with artists to develop the results into ideas for the artworks.
Once the ideas were finalised, members from some of Southern Housing Group’s youth clubs worked with professional artists to turn the concepts into paintings.
Tom Dacey, Chief Executive at Southern Housing Group, said that he supported the work because he wanted to provide a way for the young people to express themselves through art.
“We wanted to involve residents in a project that showed what it’s like living in our communities through art.
“It has been fantastic to see the artworks develop and we’re now proud to say that we will brighten our office space with these paintings.
“Yet these works are not just attractive to look at, they’re a reminder of the hopes and aspirations our young residents have and show what they can do when we invest in their talents.”
Shanaz Begum Ali from Empowered Ltd said:
“Working with Southern Housing Group and the young people who live in its homes is a great example of bringing people together to create something that will have a lasting impact on the Group and leave a legacy for years to come. This gives those involved a sense of pride and achievement and will increase their confidence, benefiting them and their communities.”
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The four youth clubs that took part were: Rock Enterprises at the Stamford Hill Estate in Hackney, Creative Kidz, Vanston Estate in Fulham, Triangoals in Barking Riverside, and Newark Youth Fieldgate Mansions in Tower Hamlets.