FerArts Re-Launch 16.04.2018
FerArts is an arts hub based in the Ladbroke Grove area of West London. The organisation supports emerging artists and inspires local communities via Urban Arts and photography. They employ a variety of mediums; from animation and digital arts to graffiti and illustration. Established and developed by Amanda Fernandez, the group expanded from a single artist to five artists to up to forty-two artists who are now creating, collaborating and using art as a form of self-expression. Finding it difficult to break into the arts industry, this collective embarked on their own enterprise and have since worked together to build a strong and supportive network across England, while becoming an exhibition standard international organisation in the process.
The collective has just marked its re-launch. Owing to the drastic evolution that has re-shaped the community voice surrounding the Grenfell Tower, FerArts has been able and willing to supply a platform to young people who want to have their voices heard in a different way. Their latest project was a collaboration and feature in i‑D Magazine. Working alongside legendary fashion photographer Juergen Teller, and guest editor of i‑D Charlie Porter, the “Youth After Grenfell” project was an undertaking that shed light on the current state of mind within the young community after the fire of Grenfell Tower.
This re-launch of FerArts is a clear shift for this group into the next gear of arts creation, story-telling and shining a light where once they may have only been darkness. The space and time these young people have to create, and perhaps heal themselves in the process, is invaluable. There are so few spaces where youth arts are encouraged and appreciated, that this organisation is a gem that’s transforming itself into a priceless jewel. And if you didn’t know, then you do now.
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