The Roma Support Group took part in the Protection Approaches’ “Our Newham” project funded by the Mayor of London’s Young Londoners Fund. ‘Our Newham’ is a two-year project supporting young people in Newham to identify, explore and tackle marginalisation in their communities.
This publication presents incredible works of art created by young people during the first phase of the project. Over eight months a cohort of young people from Newham’s Youth Zones and the Roma Support Group worked with four wonderful artists: Laila Sumpton, Szymon Glowacki, Becky Warnock, and Heather Gani.
During a series of workshops, they explored issues related to prejudice, community, and identity through photography, poetry, painting and sculpture. The artworks in this publication were first exhibited at a special event at Stratford Old Town Hall and then for more than a month in the atrium of the Newham Council Headquarters.
This publication presents the young people’s art, thoughts, and feelings to the wider Newham and London community. It marks the start of a conversation that will take place over the next phase of the project looking at how we can all work together, whatever our age, background, profession, or belief to develop community approaches to confronting marginalisation and celebrating all our identities.