New Year, New Decade, which is on display at Kensington Town Hall’s Civic Gallery, is a compilation of artwork from children and students in the borough celebrating the new year as a new beginning and exploring the themes of movement and time.
Mayor Cllr Will Pascall unveiled the artwork and got the chance to meet the up-and-coming artists during a reception held at the Town Hall.
“A new decade is an ideal time to think about new beginnings, and it is fitting that this wonderful exhibition looks to the future through the talents of our borough’s young artists.
“Kensington and Chelsea has a rich cultural heritage and it has been inspiring to talk to some of the next generation of creative talent who will strengthen that legacy.”
Youngsters from GLUE – a free children’s arts programme based at The Tabernacle in Notting Hill – used the changing environment as inspiration for (Re)member.
Their art, which is prominently displayed outside the main Council Chamber, is the result of a three-month project looking at landscape erosion and global warming and aims to memorialise our rapidly-changing world.
Fine art students Chaimaa Acharoui and Luana Nascimiento, from Kensington Aldridge Academy, have contributed to the second part of the exhibition, New Self.
Chaimaa’s Minimalism and Line pieces explore how movement affects the shapes and forms which define our bodies, while Luana delves into notion of identity, self-confidence and body image through her Imperfections portraits.
The exhibition comes at a time of great youth involvement at Kensington and Chelsea Council as applications open for the borough’s first Youth Mayor and Youth Council.