From 14 September to 19 October, award-winning charity Create is bringing together students from SEN and mainstream schools in Essex to produce artwork collaboratively that will be exhibited in a two month show at KPMG’s office in Canary Wharf, London. The show is showcasing artwork created by young people with and without disabilities working with Create’s professional artists.

In the first phase of the project, students from Beacon Hill Academy and Ockendon Academy will work with Create’s professional photographer Tracey Fahy and sculptor Maru Rojas to produce a large-scale photo-collage. The young people will explore the theme “Our World” to identify similarities and initiate a shared understanding within the group.

In the second phase of the project, students from Little Heath School and Oaks Park High School will collaborate in film workshops. Guided by Create’s professional filmmaker Aoife Twomey, young people with and without disabilities will direct and star in their own short films and discover the intricacies of camerawork, acting, animation and digital editing.

Young people with disabilities are more likely to experience bullying and research has shown that 67% of the British public feel uncomfortable talking to disabled people. Create’s creative:connection programme allows young people with and without disabilities, who may never meet under ordinary circumstances, to collaborate on creative projects, breaking down barriers and developing shared understanding. Create uses the creative arts to promote community cohesion and engender inclusivity in the next generation.

Create’s Co-Founder and Chief Executive, Nicky Goulder, commented, Collaborating on creative arts projects is a fantastic way of stimulating conversation and friendship, and can help young people to become more empathetic and understanding. This important exhibition will showcase the creativity and imagination of the inspiring young people that we are working with, demonstrating how the creative arts can bring people closer together and giving them a huge sense of achievement.”

Funders: The Queen’s Trust