Me and Us – children’s perspective displayed through portraits

The children have been busy exploring what makes Scotland an inclusive nation.
The children have been busy exploring what makes Scotland an inclusive nation.
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CHILDREN in six areas of Scotland have been busy working together to explore how to make Scotland an inclusive nation – the best country to grow up in.

And yesterday (Wednesday, May 8th) their findings went on display at An Lanntair arts centre as the ‘Me + Us’ project gave kids the opportunity to unveil their portraits and share their insights into inclusivity and challenging sectarianism with their family, friends, school and local community.

The Me + US project, run through the Children’s Parliament, engages children in an exploration of cultural identity, heritage and sectarianism in Scotland.

Meeting in groups and individually with Children’s Parliament facilitators Chelsea Stinson and Ross Robertson, the children were given the opportunity to explore personal and shared interests and histories.

They also engaged with peers and family to investigate a range of issues including the meaning and experience of identity, culture, nationality, patriotism, inclusion, tolerance, stereotypes, racism, prejudice, respect and sectarianism.

Then, adopting a contemporary spin on portraiture, the children used collage, photography and technology to create striking self-portraits; each one depicting individual characteristics, signs and symbols, memories and memorabilia, surroundings and emotions.

The Stornoway show runs until Wednesday, May 22nd.