Focus: Communications - Three minutes with... Mary McGowan, Director, Lyndon's Arts Trust

What is the theme of your latest exhibition?

The exhibition is called Sculpting for Life. It is an artist-led educational and community outreach project that we organised with the human rights charity Rights and Humanity and a company called Pro Art & Co.

About 300 children of primary school age, young people, professional artists and volunteers have produced sculptures inspired by themes surrounding human rights and social responsibility. Their work went on display at the Royal College of Art in London on Monday - it will remain on show until Sunday.

What were the aims of the project?

We used art to try to bring together different London communities. We also wanted to get children to think about issues to which they might previously have given little consideration. Many took as their inspiration the work of organisations such as the RSPCA and Greenpeace.

What kind of work have the children produced?

We worked with primary schools, after-school clubs and community centres from the poorer areas of London. We wanted to give them the opportunity to use materials they wouldn't normally have access to, such as glass and dyes.

Some have produced sculptures, others have made collages. They have covered themes as diverse as the environment and animal welfare. Some of the work they have come up with is incredibly accomplished.

What do you think the children have got out of the project?

We try to break down barriers and, by getting the children to discuss or think about various issues, we hope to get them to talk about their own problems. What's also great is the huge sense of pride they get from seeing their work on display. Some of the children come from very deprived backgrounds, and it means so much to them to feel valued.

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