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

SMILE-ing Boys experience

An exhibition exploring the mental wellbeing and stereotypes of black boys in our society. 

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The S.M.I.L.E-ing Boys Experience is an exhibition & outdoor installation of the S.M.I.L.E-ing Boys project created by the artist Kay Rufai.

The project is a happiness research led creative arts project which addresses the mental health needs of black boys while challenging the negative stereotypes of this demographic in the media & in the society.

The Project was created as a direct response to the rise in serious youth violence (Gun and Knife crime) which sparked a series of reactionary approaches from the government regarding tougher criminalisation of youth, more stop and searches and greater police presence in global majority communities.

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From 16 October - 6 November, the New Diorama Theatre will be hosting another event curated by Kay Rufai alongside their production of FOR BLACK BOYS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE HUE GETS TOO HEAVY. 

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