This exhibition project was a response to Romuald Hazoumè's exhibition 'All in the Same Boat', which was exhibited at the October Gallery from 7th October- 26th November 2016. The artworks in 'Lost & Found' were created by children and young students aged 4- 18 with the support and contribution of professional artists.
The October Gallery Youth Collective were inspired by the experiences of Adam Hogarth's recent trip to the migrant camp in Calais and Georgina Fay's work exploring the theme of 'Loss of Imagination' in relation to den and shelter building. They then produced a body of work which addresses the current migration crisis happening in the world today.
Dens were exhibited to represent safe spaces in which, instead of escaping from the world, the young people could think and talk more freely about some of the major issues affecting it.
The students created a short film about Romuald Hazoumè's exhibition and made their own art pieces in response to the project. They also received education volunteer training to assist with school and community groups, as well as exhibition training, promotion and curation. This enabled them to develop techniques to talk about their own artwork and the exhibition as a whole, adding to their creative and professional development.
This project could not have happened without the continued commitment, engagement and enthusiasm of all the young people in our collective: Thea, Steven, Manaf, Sabrina, Gwion, Mural, Crystal, Raphaela, Parsa, Nabil, Shaun, Adam, Jaya, Wilma and Emerald.
We would also like to thank St. Andrew Holborn Charities and John Lyon's Charity for their support in this project, and Chocolate Films for their continued collaboration in their filmmaking workshops.