22 Apr 2015
Cultural Rivers project exhibited at Charnwood Museum
A University art project that helps first generation immigrant children tell their stories has gone on display at a local museum.
Cultural Rivers features a collection of art, animation and films which explore the emotional, educational and physical welfare of first generation immigrant children through art.
Students from Booth Wood Primary School, Loughborough, worked alongside artists who encouraged their spontaneity and the development of their own ideas.
The exhibition has been viewed by teachers, psychologists, researchers and health professionals. It is open to primary and secondary schools as well as members of the public until May 1.
Cultural Rivers has received support from the University’s Enterprise Projects Group.
The success of the project has caught international attention and has been invited for exhibition at Xi-an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, in China. The paper from the project has also been accepted at the 27th International Society of Animation Studies Conference.
Melanie Hani, from the Animation Academy, said: “This exhibition illustrates the hard work and dedication of the children involved, and highlights their openness to explore and express emotions, techniques and ideas.
It allows the celebration of culture and diversity, and helps bring about a positive feeling of community.”