Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Addicts and Idealists

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Addicts and Idealists

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Byline: NICK HACKWORTH

Kids Company: Shrinking Childhoods Tate Modern

AN ART project set up by the charity Kids Company and Tate Modern, this highlights the plight of children who suffer from homes broken by drug addiction, and it presents their work in a block of Portakabins in the garden at the back of Tate Modern.

Alongside the art, by youths ranging in age from four to 20, is an installation of sorts, a convincing recreation of a crack den with mannequins sitting menacingly in the corners. These provide a visceral context to the more conventional pieces grouped thematically in the cabins, along the lines of crime, emotional impact, sexual abuse, ideals and dreams.

Children's art is almost always both poignant and fascinating, communicating a mix of innocence, wisdom and honesty uninhibited by the self-censorship that comes with age. Add to this the particular experiences borne by some of these children and the small shards of creative expression become overwhelming. …

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