We mentioned a range of summer activities for children and young people at our last RTK on Zoom. See links in this post for some details of activities in Wandsworth and Croydon.Continue reading “Summer activities”
Our next RTK gathering will be at 7.30pm on the 9 September. Unless Covid restrictions change once more, we will meet in person in Wandsworth (as well as giving the option to join via Zoom for those who are further away). We want to hear people’s experiences and hopes so that we can use the feedback to shape future plans. Put this date in your diary!
At our last evening on Zoom we welcomed Shaq and Keiron from Big Belly Kitchen and shared reactions about the art installation in Southside (which has since come to the end of its exhibiting period).Continue reading “Big Belly Kitchen and the close of art exhibition in Southside”
You are invited to Southside Shopping Centre, Wandsworth town centre, to see our exhibition – in the unit between Poundland and Accessorize – of our art project created by Francis Barber students, under the direction of artist, Eugene Ankomah. Last day to view is Friday, 2 July.Continue reading “Come to Southside Shopping Centre to see our exhibition!”
At our last RTK evening, we met Nathalie Pownall, part of Penificent and a mentor in a young offenders institution. She told us about a short film she had worked on – created by some of those she mentors. It has been released on Amazon Prime today!Continue reading “Wake – Up”
On Thursday 6 May we heard about two fantastic creative projects. One was by the Penificent team, who use comics and digital art to address knife crime, and the other a visual artist, Eugene Ankomah, who uses a wide range of artistic media to highlight the issue.
As usual we began by remembering knife crime victims, and their families, and particularly Quamari Barnes, close to what would have been his 20th birthday.
Penificent explained their vision and passion: to provide comics which are relevant, relatable, powerful and inspiring. They bring positive messages to young people by engaging them in stories, and enable them to express, understand and bring their own responses and perspective to contemporary issues. They have a range of comics addressing knife crime and mental health issues and take workshops, and their comics, into schools to share with children in years 5 through to 9. We’re grateful to Anthony and Darren, and Nathalie and Lydia who spoke eloquently about reaching young people with their important message.
Eugene Ankomah, in just one aspect of his work as a visual artist, creates art installations by working with groups of young people to make an immersive artwork that, through all kinds of creativity, voices the feelings and experiences of young people in response to knife crime. In June, working with RTK, Eugene will bring this fantastic project to Francis Barber’s Wandsworth site. We are hugely looking forward to working with the students across all the year groups.
We have added a new page to the website, to give a quick way to get a flavour of what RTK is about.Continue reading “RTK highlights”
Last Monday evening Val and Rosie each received an honorary WAW award, in recognition of their work with RTK. RTK’s work has given space for families to share their stories of loss, and offered support as these resilient parents and siblings work to bring change within our communities. We are so pleased that RTK’s work as been highlighted through these awards.Continue reading “WAW Awards”
On 1 April at 7.30pm our speaker was Christie Spurling, founder of N-Gage charity. We heard a bit about his own story and he described his work in Manchester to help support young people.Continue reading “N-Gage founder visits RTK”
On Thursday 4 March, we remembered Damani Mauge who lost his life to knife crime a year ago, and we explained how RTK has developed over the last 18 months, and heard feedback from those who were there.Continue reading “Looking ahead”