The development of the Face2Face Programme has led to DNA Designs being developed as a future Social enterprise with the support of Camden Council.
FACE2FACE is an art project that has been developed by the artists who currently work under the umbrella of DNA Designs. The project incorporates LIFECASTING, FINE ART & SPECIALIST PAINT EFFECTS. The collaboration of these genres enables participants to consider the issues of IDENTITY, SELF-ESTEEM & the opportunity for PERSONAL REFLECTION(both immediately & in their future retrospectively as adults) through the decoration of their life-cast faces. All participants were cast using a new product, enabling the mould to be re-used.
The FACE2FACE 4 week pilot project took place on the Lithos Road Estate from 24th July- 18th August, The estate is a very culturally diverse social housing estate in London. It is a consortia estate managed by four housing associations, with a BME landlord (Odu-dua) currently owning 50% of the housing stock. It had become apparent that the young people of the estate lack adequate facilities, with increasing antagonism between the young people becoming an issue. The project's 17 participants were aged 13-16 years of age, with the young people who had been exhibiting anti-social behaviour being specifically targeted. FACE2FACE aimed to present participants with the opportunity to explore the understanding they have of themselves & to challenge their own sense of reality, their perception of the world around them & how they think the world sees them. The project aimed to assist the young people in enabling them to grow and achieve their full potential as fully participating members of their community.
Each participant was offered the opportunity to have the image of their face painted as a realistic portrait by our fine artist, alongside up to 2 of their personal face-casts to work on themselves, expressing a HAPPY & a SAD portrayal of how they currently view themselves.
The majority of the young people have lived on the Lithos Road Estate since it was built in 1991 or since they were born and are therefore a strong study of being raised in this particular environment. Through inestigative questionaires undertaken at the time of casting we were able to question them about this, along with observing the strong social network they have established between themselves and the effect this has had on their behaviour.
The results and future plans for FACE2FACE can be downloaded from the button on this page.
The project was fuded by the estate's 4 consortia landlords ODA-DUA, PCHA, CIRCLE 33, NOTTING HILL HOUSING TRUST alongside the LITHOS ROAD ACTION GROUP & the lottery funder UNLTD. Due to the nature of our funders, we structured the pilot as a Summer Scheme, with 2 open sessions to include the whole community. The first of these took place in week 3, with live personal appearances by local up & coming singing artists Ny & Purple(there is a video clip of part of their performance shown below) Ny & Purple also encouraged the project's participants to take part in their own raps & easily stepped into the roles of ambassadors for the project
Whilst developing FACE2FACE, it was always our intention to structure future projects to assist Young Offenders Teams & their service users.We are now developing the next stage of FACE2FACE as a vehicle to assist the YOT's with regard to exploring the issue of IDENTITY, and the effect this can have on the young persons behaviour. The project wiil easily be tailored to fit the criteria demands of the joint initiative between the Arts Council & The Youth Justice board (ARTS & YOUNG PEOPLE AT RISK OF OFFENDING.)
The next exhibition showing the work produced during the Pilot Project will be held at London International Gallery Of Childrens Art during April 2007.