It’s My World 

In 2018 children and their families from areas of high deprivation in Birmingham encountered nature and creativity first hand. 

Photo: Kate Green Photography

We embarked on this project because the groups we have worked with in previous years have identified many problems that arise within families living with urban deprivation. Children struggled to thrive emotionally and creatively within the confines of their everyday lives in which many cultural and economic pressures effect family life. Spending time with their families away from the pressures of everyday life allowed children to relax, to explore and discover the natural world and their own creative ability. 

By providing regular visits to The Rodd during the 2018 spring and summer we encouraged children to find their voice within the family. We ran informal workshops led by inspiring artist-tutors Emma Bowen, Kate Green and Tony Hall with assistant artist Nushin Hussain. The workshops were set in Rodd wood and farmland as well as the Trust’s Grain Barn and Gallery. Participants were free to immerse themselves in the natural environment and express themselves using a range of creative processes. 

 

The Trust delivered the project in conjunction with organisations that support these children and their families:  

Creative Cohesion West Midlands works to enhance cultural relations and cohesion between communities through creative activities and educational opportunities. It aims to address under-representation and accessibility for deprived communities. 

Photo: Kate Green Photography

St Basils is a Birmingham based charity giving immediate and longer-term support to young people affected by homelessness. As well as offering vital accommodation St Basils helps young people develop essential life skills for independent living and supports mothers with babies and toddlers. 

Photo: Nushin Hussain

The Trust commissioned two pieces of work as a legacy of the project:

Researcher Karamat Iqbal of the Forward Partnership carries out research into the value of the project to participants.

Photographer Nushin Hussain created photographic took part in the project as assistant artist in all the workshops and created a photographic record of the whole project.

It’s My World has been generously supported by the Ragdoll Foundation, The Hinzte Family Charitable Foundation and the P.B. Dumbell Charitable Trust.

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