This month sees the launch of an incredible exhibition; a collaboration between Kids Company and the Royal Academy of Arts. Showcasing paintings, soundscapes, sculpture and performance art created by the children and young people living in the most deprived areas of London, the exhibition aims to explore the real challenges and triumphs they face every day.
13 JUNE – 22 JULY CHILD HOOD – THE REAL EVENT, THE ROYAL ACADEMY, LONDON
Kids Company was founded in 1996 by Camila Batmanghelidjh to provide practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children. They currently reach 17,000 children across London, including the most deprived and at risk whose parents are unable to care for them due to their own practical and emotional challenges. For many, the roles of adult and child are reversed and, despite profound love, both struggle to survive.
“During a summer of celebrations in London, there is another kind of heroic triumph which rarely receives recognition, the poignant achievement of children who have overcome unimaginable challenges to survive their childhood. We see this every day at Kids Company. It is a privilege to work with the Royal Academy whose staff have worked tirelessly with our children over the years to encourage them to dream and play in such an iconic part of London. This exhibition is a testimony to their commitment and to the extraordinary courage and talent of our children.” – Camila Batmanghelidjh, Kids Company Founder and CEO.
The ‘Child Hood – The Real Event’ exhibition will include interactive elements and feature a complementary programme of evening events for both adults and families.