Making of Me

The Making of Me project marked an inaugural collaboration between the Raheem Sterling Foundation and the National Portrait Gallery. Over ten weeks, thirty Year 10 students from Ark Academy and Ark Acton explored the creative industries and their own identities through the medium of portraiture.

A collage of pieces including a figure in red, an individual with blue skin, a chandelier and fruit
Collage created by students during workshops supported by artist Rebecca Bellantoni
A collage of pieces including a head wearing a baseball cap, a torso and buildings
Collage created by students during workshops supported by artist Rebecca Bellantoni

Through the project, students took part in workshops exploring fine art collage, studio lighting practice, podcasting, video montage and film making. Students were supported by professional artists Scarlett Crawford, Rebecca Bellantoni, Feruza Afewerki, Daniel Oduntan and the community filmmaking school Other Cinemas. All the professional artists involved came from similar backgrounds to the young people taking part and were able to share their unique journeys into creative work.

The Making of Me project created a space for creativity that respected the lives and experiences of the young people taking part.

A young person wearing a pink shirt and black skirt
Analogue film shot taken by Scarlett Crawford
A young person wearing a short-sleeved white shirt and dark trousers
Analogue film shot taken by Scarlett Crawford
A young person wearing a dark blazer with red trim and dark trousers
Analogue film shot taken by Scarlett Crawford
A young person wearing a short-sleeved white shirt and dark trousers, and purple lanyard
Analogue film shot taken by Scarlett Crawford