Art helps children look to the future

The children who took part in the project see it go on exhibiton at the Byre Theatre.
The children who took part in the project see it go on exhibiton at the Byre Theatre.

The Byre Theatre has been hosting an exhibition of inspirational artwork created by a group of talented looked-after Fife children, who took part in a Seen & Heard arts project with the Children’s Parliament.

The project was aimed at helping the children learn more about their rights by focusing on their ambitions and they made papier mache models of their future selves.

Children’s Parliament is Scotland’s centre of excellence for children’s participation and engagement.

The Seen & Heard project won plaudits from local parliamentarians and from the University of St Andrews, which hosted the exhibition.

North East Fife MSP Willie Rennie, who met the children, said: “The confidence of these young people and their ability to express the belief that they can be whatever they want to be in life is an inspiration to us all.

“It was a joy to spend some time with them and to see the University reaching out to care-experienced children.”

North East Fife MP Stephen Gethins said: “This project has given looked-after children a great opportunity to learn more about their rights and express this in a relaxed and creative environment. It is very important children are happy, healthy and safe and that they know what their rights are and how to make sure their voices are heard.”

Mike Johnson, director of UK/EU Admissions and Access at the University of St Andrews, said: “It’s vital that young people are supported to meet their full potential and we are committed to helping in every way we can to achieve this.

“Recognising children’s individual abilities is crucial and we’re honoured to exhibit this wonderful artwork by these talented young people.”

Hanna Didcock, Children’s Parliament Seen & Heard project manager said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for the children to be listened to, praised and encouraged by some influential people. They had brilliant fun at the Byre Theatre, meeting Willie Rennie, and it was fantastic to see them so proud of what they have achieved.”