The Olympic legacy continues to be celebrated in many ways across the capital. From Friday 19 October to Thursday 8 November, the public can see what the summer of sport meant for east London's Roma and new migrant children through a distinctive photo and video exhibition.
A dozen children, aged eight to 14, from Roma, Slovak and Polish communities living in Newham, were brought together by The Children's Society and Click Academy artist Marta Kotlarska, with associated artists Karina Bedkowska and Eva Lis, to show what sport means to them.
The youth created 20 pinhole photographs and an animated film (a sample is visible to the right of this paragraph) featuring creative interpretations of Roma dancing and Olympic sports that most captured their imaginations for the three-week exhibition.
Roma children and new European migrants
Roma are among the most excluded minorities in the world and are often from disadvantaged families. As a result of discrimination and social exclusion, these children have limited access to the arts.
'Through the arts, we hoped to raise awareness of the new European migrants and Roma’s cultural background to promote a positive picture of their contribution to London life,' said Kasia Falkiewicz of The Children’s Society New Londoners programme.
Where and when to see the exhibition
There will be a private viewing for media on Thursday 18 October from 6-8pm. To attend, contact our Beth Herzfeld by telephone, 07775 812 357, or via email.
The exhibition will be open to the public from 9am-8pm from Friday 19 October to Thursday 8 November.
For more information and images please contact Beth Herzfeld in our media team. She can be reached by telephone, 020 7841 4422 or 07775 812 357, or via email. For out-of-hours enquiries please call 07810 796 508.
Notes to editors
The Children’s Society wants to create a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy. We are committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including children in care and young runaways. We give a voice to disabled children, help young refugees to rebuild their lives and provide relief for young carers. Through our campaigns and research, we seek to influence policy and perceptions so that young people have a better chance in life.
Our New Londoners programme has been working with young refugees, Roma and migrants since 1996, supporting young people and families in fulfilling their potential and thus reducing the numbers of children with low well-being in those communities.
Click Academy was created in 2004. The art group uses pinhole photography as a means of social change through empowering communities to address the issues they face. Its innovative projects prove that it is possible to 'make something of nothing' and with minimal expenditure.