This is an exhibition of young children’s artwork. The artwork is inspired by local street art and graffiti and asks us to think about how we value and appreciate culture. Graffiti artist Russ Meehan and Childhood scholars Juliette Wilson-Thomas and Ruby Brooks have worked with local children to develop their artwork for display.
Cultural capital is a social science concept relating to the value of our cultural knowledge and experiences. It is now a key Ofsted inspection criteria for early years and school settings, but many people are unsure what it means. It is often linked to an elitist hierarchy of art forms however, it could be about experiencing, promoting and valuing diverse forms of culture. This exhibition features graffiti-inspired artwork by local young children, and their discussions of art and value, resisting elitism and celebrating local culture in its diversity.
Dr Juliette Wilson-Thomas and Ruby Brooks from the Early Years and Childhood Studies team at Manchester Metropolitan University (Faculty of Education and Health).
Educators seeking to understand Ofsted inspection language relating to cultural capital, and seeking to meet this requirement in ways which resist any elitism.
Parents and children who participated in the sessions.
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