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S.M.I.L.E-ing Boys project

Artist & mental health researcher Kay Rufai has worked with students from local St John Bosco College in Battersea to produce this photography exhibition trail across three community noticeboards in Nine Elms.

SMILE-ing Boys Project



The S.M.I.L.E-ing Boys project is a research-led mental wellbeing project for Black boys in London. The project uses photography, poetry, film and discussions to empower the young boys to develop emotional intelligence and best manage their mental health in positive ways.

It explores eight main factors found by research which affect the happiness levels of a person, which in turn impacts our ability to engage positively in our relationships with self and others, as well as the wider society at large. 

The project was created as a public health response to the rise in youth stabbings which sparked government reactions such as more stop and searches and greater police presence in minority communities.

This Nine Elms exhibition trail is part of the Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2020 programme and supported by Wandsworth Council. The project has received funding from the Wellcome Trust & Arts Council England. It is supported by Mayor of London and has been exhibited at City Hall.

Find out more about Kay Rufai’s SMILE-ing Boys Project

To celebrate Black History Month, Kay Rufai has released ‘Black Future’, a poem on how Black History (or his-story) is lived.

You can read Kay’s latest blog on our Wandsworth Arts website.

Nine Elms community noticeboards at:
Bourne Valley Wharf, Riverside Walk, SW8 5DF (opposite the US Embassy)
Condell Road / Thessaly Road junction, SW8 4JA
Battersea Park Road, SW8 4BX (under the railway bridge opp Battersea Dogs and Cats Home).

Nearest train/tube:
Vauxhall, Queenstown Road, Battersea Park

Start date: 11/08/2020
End date: 31/10/2020
Open from 00:00 to 23:59

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