Over the course of 6 months, from February – July, Phakama took up residency at Body & Soul, creating a space and platform for some of the most vulnerable groups in society to tell their individual stories and to be heard by their peers and the wider community.  Phakama worked with young people across all three of Body & Soul’s current programmes that support individuals who have experienced the life-threatening effects of childhood adversity – people of all ages who are living with or affected by HIV, children and teenagers who have been adopted from the care system and young people who have attempted or are at risk of suicide.

The projects within Listen! included:

Rise Up

Over the February half term, Phakama’s young artists worked with teens aged 13 – 19 from the You Are Not Alone and Teen Spirit groups to explore and draw out their many talents including poetry, dance, drama, singing, animation and photography. This culminated in a mini-sharing event on the 22nd February to Body & Soul staff and family members.

Artwork by Ellis Lewis Dragstra

Photo credit: Caroline Gervay

Of All People

During March and April, Phakama ran a six-week theatre and photography project with 10-12 year olds in the BaSe group. Members learnt to take photographs, which included creating light paintings with torches and sharing stories about important moments in their life. This culminated in a mini exhibition of their photographs and drawings.

Talking Books

Talking Books: From May to June, Phakama ran a seven-week storytelling project working with the Adventurers and their parents. During the project we explored stories from all over the world, traveling with peaches, learning from jackals, and escaping with pixies. The Children and parents then began to tell each other tales, sharing their imagination to the group through drawings and stories.

Artwork by: Ellis Lewis-Dragstra

Photo credit: Caro Gervay

Celebration Exhibition

Listen! Celebration Exhibition: At the end of the residency Body & Soul hosted an exhibition at their centre which included artwork and stories that were collected throughout the residency.

Body & Soul
99-119 Rosebery Avenue
London EC1R 4RE
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Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road
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