Published: 6 September, 2012
by PAVAN AMARA
An art exhibition is challenging perceptions of young people through positive graffiti and installations.
The Seen And Heard project, which runs until September 15 at Gallery Different, Fitzrovia, is working alongside the Youth Offending Service, Camden Detached Project and the Single Homeless Project.
“We wanted to engage young people,” says artist Matt Small. “We want people to have a platform to express their experiences through film, painting, photography and music. I painted their portraits, the desire is to counter negative perceptions and debilitating ideas that are continually placed upon this section of society.”
Small says he wants to promote social change and ran workshops prior to the project in which under-25s in Camden were encouraged to express their views.
Reclaimed car bonnets, fridge doors and metal doors make it into the installations, and graffiti saying “love”, “happy day”, “ambition” and “fearless” is scrawled on planks of wood in a street style.
Small says: “If I can get people to think slightly differently about what they think they know, that would be a success.”
• Matt Small: Seen and Heard is at Gallery Different, 14 Percy Street, W1T 1DR, until September 15. 020 7637 3775, http://gallery different.co.uk/