‘Harnessing the Potential of Human Mobility’

On #InternationalMigrantsDay we celebrated with our Final Exhibition ‘Nuestras Historias’.

Latin Hub recorded stories narrated by Latin traders in London and provided the audio files to Latin artists who recreated the main ideas in their paintings. Latin Hub also contextualised these individual stories, explaining the obstacles that the Latin community faces as well as signposting to organisations where Latin Americans can seek support to overcome some of these challenges.   

 

The event took place in La Placita, a Latin market that offers food, drinks, services and typical products from Latin America. It is not a touristic venue and almost all visitors are from the Latin American community in the UK. Many traders have experienced hardship during covid and, sadly, some had to stop trading. The exhibition was located in one of the empty shops of the market, a former hairdresser salon.

 

The 3-day event took place in late December, during a climate of uncertainty over the new surge of covid cases in London. Although we decided to go ahead, we restructured the event,  allowing only one or two people per screening. We also restricted the number of visitors during the gallery slot and kids workshop sessions.

 

Our visitor restrictions allowed for a more intimate experience speaking directly with each participant. Some seemed confused or intrigued  by ‘this kind of art’ in the market. Over 200  people participated in the event and 46 completed an online survey after viewing the video exhibition.The overall (1-5) rating for the exhibition was 4.5* and some of the feedback is reflected in the word cloud below, which includes popular words like beautiful, colourful, amazing, strength, love, amazing etc.

 

 

 

 

We also invited kids to participate by asking them the draw something about the market that they liked. Their drawings will remain in the shop until new occupants arrive.

 

We are grateful to Heritage Fund UK for giving us this  incredible opportunity to support the traders of the markets and strengthen the Latin American cultural heritage in this difficult times.

 

 

EMBARGOED 00:01 TUESDAY 8 MARCH 2022 

We are Sculpt

IARS International Institute to operate as Sculpt

*Charity CEO available for interview – details in notes 

A UK-based youth charity today changes its operating name from the IARS International Institute to Sculpt. 

IARS is an international NGO that’s been working to empower young people to forge a fairer society for over 20 years. Their work is guided and evaluated by young people themselves.  

Over the last 20 years, IARS has delivered more than 70 successful projects that have addressed real problems that young people face, in areas such as: 

  • Gender discrimination 
  • Violence against women and girls 
  • Supporting young people to find work 
  • Creating green and sustainable business 
  • Promoting collaboration among young people across the world and much more. 

In 2021, with the world changing rapidly and opportunities for their work shifting, they decided to refresh their purpose and identity, and made the decision to rebrand as Sculpt. 

Claire Bonham, Chief Executive of Sculpt, said: 

‘We are delighted to launch our new brand that speaks to our aim to empower young people to shape their future.

‘We believe that many of today’s young people are facing unjust challenges – economically, environmentally and socially. A fair, sustainable society can only evolve if all young people have the opportunities, the confidence, the ambition and the skills to make their voices heard and propel change in their communities, irrespective of who they are or where they come from.  

‘Our rebrand, like our work, has been guided by research and by young people themselves. As an organisation we base our work on rigorously researched evidence and are led in our approach by our youth advisory board. Their voices and insight are critical to solving the right problems in meaningful ways.’  

 

Notes to editors:  

Dr. Claire Bonham, Chief Executive of The IARS International Institute is available for interview. Contact Claire directly on: director@iars.org.uk +44(0) 7833 224442  

Sculpt

www.sculptuk.org 

Sculpt is a UK-based charity providing research, training and work-experience opportunities that empower young people to shape their own futures and those of their communities. 

We work directly with young people, employers and professionals who support young people. All our work is guided by young people themselves and based on carefully researched evidence. We: 

  • Facilitate forums for young people to make their needs and their voices heard. 
  • Publish a magazine by young people to express their perspectives and encourage debate around public policy issues. 
  • Conduct research to uncover young people’s real needs and what works to empower and support them. 
  • Deliver training to build young people’s confidence, skills, ambition, resilience and sense of responsibility, so they can shape their futures and change their communities for the better, as leaders, social entrepreneurs and active participants in civic life. 
  • Deliver training for professionals who work with young people, drawing on our research and expertise. 
  • Engage with employers to facilitate work experience and employment opportunities for young people to develop skills and access diverse jobs. 
  • Facilitate international exchange opportunities to encourage and enable young people to experience and appreciate other cultures, perspectives and ways of life. 

We tackle disempowerment from three angles: working directly with young people to build confidence and skills and their voice, working with professionals who support young people, and working with employers to break down barriers to opportunity.