Each project has been commissioned to support children and young people in the borough and directly engage with them as co-creators.

Harrow Club


The Harrow Club is a charity working primarily with young people in the deprived urban neighbourhoods in West London. They provide young people with a place to go, trusted adults, and most importantly opportunities to learn and develop valuable life skills.
The Workshop
Joy also ran workshops for children from the Harrow Club gathering plants they found locally or from parks and sidewalks of West London to create lumen prints and cyanotypes, also referred to as ‘blueprinting’ which is the oldest non-silver photographic printing process. It involves exposing materials which have been treated with a solution of potassium ferricyanide and ferric ammonium citrate to a UV light source such as the sun. She calls it drawing with light. The Learning Team at Kew Gardens Wakehurst introduced the children to the Millennium Seed Bank, a growing collection of seeds from around the world that aims to provide a safety net for species at risk of extinction.

“Working with the community 'is something I  have always done, if I make a piece of work, it's a public artwork - it has to belong to the community.  We are all links in chains of existence and I thought it would be good for the kids to go back into their community and think about biodiversity and the importance of plants to human existence including food, medicine and the air that we breathe.”

With thanks to:
Taffron Foster, Mathilde Glossop and Bruce Evans who assisted the workshops.

Cyanotypes made by:
Adem Dera, Taya Buckingham, Ayman Leach, Sharif Leach, Tyler Mayers, Julius Peart, Pedro Peart, Adam Salami, Isaiah Tesfamichael

Amplify studios

Amplify Studios at Rugby Portobello Trust is a powerful tool for change : a safe haven that removes barriers to entry and allows young people to develop their strengths and nurture their passions. Amplify Studios is a community interest project, and an example of what is possible when culture and community embrace an entrepreneurial approach to enterprise. Music, visual arts, technology and practical business skills are at the heart of the venture. They encourage West London youth to explore and create in a safe and inclusive environment - every minute an at-risk youth spends in Amplify, is a minute they are out of harms way.

Eight young people participated in workshops with Martyn Ware. He gave them three tasks -  to record the whole Curtis Mayfield song To Be Invisible as spoken word or sung or rapped, to record a piece of music and/or spoken word inspired by To Be Invisible and/or the Black Lives Matter campaign and finally, to think about what unusual or typical sounds they could capture in their community. Fragments of their audio contributions are included in Martyn’s soundscape.
Amplify Studios has started a major fundraising drive to facilitate expanded Amplify activities and house additional studios, performance space and an entrepreneurial creative hub. The site at 226 Walmer Road, W11 will be a collaborative space for the community to access professional training and support. Two years in the planning, they are now read to build and need support to reach their £1.5m target.

For further info contact megan@artsalliance.co.uk

Meet the members

Here is what participating in the project meant to them.
Photos courtesy Grace Albertine, 2020
Asia–lei Sidelle

What is your name and tell us about yourself in a few words?
My name is Asia Lei. I’m from West London. I am 16 years old and I sing.
I would describe myself as being quite shy, but when I get to know you I warm up.

What has being involved in this project meant to you?
I think it’s a good opportunity. It feels different because I don’t usually do stuff like this. I’m not very social, so this project is taking me out of my comfort zone, but it is good.

How did you respond specifically to the brief?
I sang something. Then I made a little poem, but you have to hear it with the visuals.

Edward Kau

What is your name and tell us about yourself in a few words?
My name is Edward. I am 19. I have just finished A-Levels, and have been looking into universities. I’m just not quite sure about what I’m gonna do in the future.
What has being involved in this project meant to you?
It actually means quite a lot. Just the fact that I’ve been bullied because I am yellow. In Secondary School, they would start calling me Jackie Chan and stuff like that. I didn’t want to participate in the first instance, but later on I thought this project would be a big mark in my life; I need to stand up for myself because I’ve never  actually said anything about it.

And how did you respond specifically to the brief?
At first, a lot of thoughts were going through me, especially when the words of the song fe

lt really strong. ‘I need to stand up against this!’ ‘This is not right” It encouraged me to think about who I actually am in a way.
Omar Gommari

What is your name and tell us about yourself in a few words?
My name is Omar Gommari. I’ve lived in the area for 25 years. I do a lot of work with kids and community. I am trying to help kids get off the streets and show them that they can have a career, that they can be doing something good for the community. When you go some places there are these kids on the road just selling drugs, and they need someone of their age there to say to them 'You don’t need to do that. You can actually go and work full time and have a good life instead of doing bad stuff.'

What has being involved in this project meant to you?
I’ve got friends who are black as well. I knew Khadija. She was a very good person. She tried to help a lot of people in the community. She did what I do as well, which is trying to get kids into the universities and actually give them a chance to do what they want to do.

And how did you respond specifically to the brief?
I really liked the idea because the community and people who come around the area, including tourists can actually learn about what has happened in the area, what happened to the Tower and to people inside there, as well as thinking about Black Lives Matter. I looked at some of the words of the song and tried to translate them in Arabic. Then I recorded myself saying it in Arabic in the same poem format so people can understand what I am saying.
Shakirah Nelson

What is your name and tell us about yourself in a few words?
My name is Shakirah. I’m 16 years old. I’m a black young woman living in London. I describe myself as quite expressive and creative. I do things that I feel will impact other people, things that are important and need to be said. I say these things in a creative way to make them more appealing to people.

What has being involved in this project meant to you?
I felt its very important to speak out about Black Lives Matter. I’ve been sharing a lot of information on Social Media, signing petitions, wanting to let people know how important it is. By being on this project, as a Black person, I wanted to say Black Lives do matter!

And how did you respond specifically to the brief?
I am not a song writer at all, but I did write a song about how I feel about the issue. It was sad for me. I am also reading a verse from the song that was close to me.
Shanel Nelson

What is your name and tell us about yourself in a few words?
My name is Chanel. I am a black 17 year old. I am a singer. I also do song writing, and a little bit of acting.

What has being involved in this project meant to you?
It is a big opportunity for me. I feel like it has opened quite a lot of doors for me as well. I am very excited that I could use my singing and song writing skills in this project.

And how did you respond specifically to the brief?
I was eager to do it. I sang the track but not in the tune that the song is in.
Grace Albertine

What is your name and tell us about yourself in a few words?
I’m Grace. I am into fashion styling and photography. I like to skateboard. When I feel sad, I write poems.

What has being involved in this project meant to you?
I think with what’s going on in the world, it was very important for me to speak out. It has been so many many years, and discrimination is still alive today. I just want people to get their voice heard, especially people who live around here, people of colour as well. We all have experienced racism and I feel like it needs to stop. We need to learn to respect each other and to love each other.

And how did you respond specifically to the brief?
I can’t say. It's a secret.
Denis Marian Danescu

What is your name and tell us about yourself in a few words?
My name is Denis. I play basketball. I started making music because I wanted to express myself.  I want people to hear what I’ve got to say because these are important things. At the moment I’m known as ‘Big Thing’.

What has being involved in this project meant to you?
It has made me feel like I can help people who don’t feel like they can fit in just because they have a different skin colour; that I can make them feel better about themselves.

And how did you respond specifically to the brief?
I’ve written a song about equality. We’re all the same, no matter what colour skin we have.

IntoArts programme

You can support the Khadija Saye IntoArts programme by donating to the fund, or by acquiring a portfolio box set of 9 silkscreen prints, titled in this space we breath, by Khadija Saye.

An edition of 50 portfolio box sets containing 9 silkscreen prints are offered with full proceeds being divided between the Estate of Khadija Saye and the Khadija Saye IntoArts Programme.

The British Museum, The British Library, and The Government Art Collection each have a portfolio box set of Khadija Saye’s in this space we breath in their permanent collections.

For more information on Khadija Saye’s silkscreen prints click here.

To enquire about Khadija Saye’s silkscreen print portfolio box set click here.

In memory of Khadija Saye, and inspired by her life, the Khadija Saye IntoArts Programme was launched in 2019. The programme, founded by social historian and visual artist Nicola Green and IntoUniversity, a national education charity, brings together and introduces new, arts-focused activities to young people through IntoUniversity's already established programme.

IntoUniversity serves disadvantaged young people across 31 local community learning centres, working with children from age seven upwards, and opening young people's minds to the power of education by providing ongoing academic support, mentoring and aspiration-raising activities.
From the age of seven, Saye's talent was nurtured by IntoUniversity. She attended IntoUniversity's Carnival Arts Programme, where her instinctive creativity was ignited, nurtured and developed over successive summers. For more than ten years Saye received support with her learning and encouragement for her ambitions.

Through IntoUniversity, she was awarded an Arnold Foundation Scholarship for sixth form at Rugby School where she discovered her talent for photography. IntoUniversity also supported Saye in her journey to the University for the Creative Arts where she studied photography.

In disadvantaged communities across the UK there are many other young people who, like Khadija, could benefit from support in order to achieve their ambitions. The Khadija Saye lntoArts Programme will enable more young people to follow in her footsteps and show the originality of their voice and their talent.

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