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The Project











Art school workshops

Moroccan Memories in Britain is a national project run by the Moroccan Memories Foundation.

Art school workshops are organised in partnership with Moroccan supplementary school and aim to achieve the following:

  • To awaken British-Moroccan children to their cultural heritage and identity
  • To encourage British-Moroccan children and youths to engage with older generation and discuss their cultural heritage with them.
  • To creatively express themselves and their sense of heritage and identity
  • To provide a platform to celebrate and showcase this heritage and expression among their peer and school environment.


The art school workshop sessions are organised over a period of 7 weeks, 2 hours a week and they are structured into three parts: Life Journey Canvases, Photography workshops, and Creative Writing. The sessions then culminate in an exhibition of the children's artistic output.

Life Journey Canvases: these canvases in the form of wooden stars represent the notion of the Life Journey, each point of the star relates to a particular theme of the child's life story. The bottom two points refer to the children's mixed heritage, the left corner of the star refers to their community, whilst the right one refers to their family. The top corner is a visual projection of the child's future.

Photography workshops: here children are given disposable cameras to take pictures of items that according to them represent "Britishness", "Moroccaness", and a third item that is close to how they identify themselves. The children then chose their favourite photograph to be part of this exhibition.

Creative Writing: the writing workshops complement the visual creativity by producing pieces explaining the artwork and photographic choices of the children, some of which is included in the exhibition. During these sessions the children also work towards the production of a school magazine and which includes pieces from their personal diaries, extracts from their collected family history and personal reflections of the process that they have engaged with for the duration of these workshops.

So far three schools have participated in these art workshops series: Al-Noor Youth Association, Pimlico Mothers and Children's Association and Avondale Supplementary School. Over 40 children have taken part in these workshops. Additional workshops will be organised in the academic year of 2008.


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