In The Thierry Noir Academy of Art Thierry Noir teamed up with London based children’s charity The Kids Network throughout August 2019 to raise awareness and funds for vulnerable children in Hackney through collaborative murals and a fundraising exhibition at Protein Studios.
Noir painted murals around the street art hotspots of Shoreditch, Dalston and Hackney Wick with assistance from The Kids Network and local Hackney 8-11 year olds. The project culminated with The Thierry Noir Academy of Art Summer Exhibition in collaboration with Protein Studios.
Hackney is becoming an increasingly hard place for children to grow up in. The colourful streetart has heralded gentrification and influx of new wealth to the district which has resulted in rising social inequality and the erosion of previously established communities. The Kids Network exists to supports children at a crucial time in their lives, in the lead up to and often during the transition from primary into secondary school. Through mentoring, The Kids Network brings together people who would not usually cross paths for social change.
Sarah Woodcock, Founder of The Kids Network, says, “the support of Thierry Noir and Protein will have a huge impact on the lives of local Hackney children. In the rapidly changing city, children’s voices can often be forgotten. We are massively grateful for an artist like Noir to be giving them this amazing opportunity and helping us expand into Hackney”