The Foundling Museum has partnered with the Borough of Barking and Dagenham to present a major new project exploring how artistic and cultural experience can enhance social care services and support the needs of young people in care.
In Your Time will bring together artists, young people, carers and social care staff for a dynamic programme of workshops and courses that will result in new art to be shared widely across the Borough and at the Museum in 2020.
This project is part of New Town Culture, a ground-breaking new programme to be launched by the Borough on 28 February 2019 that aims to embed cultural activity within core social care practice in Barking and Dagenham. The pioneering three-year programme supported by the Mayor of London and the Serpentine Galleries, will take culture into care settings across the Borough, and will enable residents to tell their stories and exhibit work with some of London’s leading cultural institutions. New Town Culture is a Cultural Impact Award winning project, part of London Borough of Culture, a Mayor of London initiative.
Caro Howell, Director of the Foundling Museum, said: ‘The Foundling Museum aims to inspire positive change, and to improve the development and life chances of disadvantaged young people through the arts. We are delighted to be partnering with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham on In Your Time, a really significant cultural programme to support the wellbeing and creativity of looked after and care-experienced young people.’
The Borough of Barking and Dagenham is in the process of becoming one of London’s most rapidly growing and diverse areas, with its population increasing from 186,000 at the 2011 Census to an estimate of over 198,000 just three years later. 28.8% of the Borough’s children were living in families affected by income deprivation in 2014. Between 2016/17 and 2017/18 demand on children’s social care services increased in in the Borough with the number of children in the social care services rising from 732 to 959. In Your Time continues the Museum’s ongoing commitment to enabling marginalised young people to work alongside artists in order to see the world and its possibilities differently. The project extends the Museum’s work with care-experienced young people such as Tracing Our Tales, a three-year bespoke training and mentorship programme launched in 2017, and exhibitions such as Bedrooms of London which builds on the story of the Foundling Hospital, highlighting the situation today for some of London’s most vulnerable children.
Download the full press release for New Town Culture here.