LSBU design student exhibits at the National Gallery in London
25 October 2013
Ramone Edwards is a year two Product Design student who volunteers for Centrepoint in his spare time. This charity helps young homeless people in London by providing a range of services including short and long term accommodation, health advice and support. There is a comprehensive learning programme that helps young people to return to and cope with mainstream and vocational education. The programme also teaches general life skills so that the programme participants can live independently once they leave the hostels. Furthermore Centrepoint collaborates with housing organisations and other charities to influence government policy to improve the lives of young homeless people.
Ramone has volunteered as a mentor for the past two years and has recently been involved with a photographic project with 14 Centrepoint residents. The project was sponsored by Credit Suisse who also sponsors the National Gallery. The project included a photographic workshop inspired by "Seduced by Art – Photography Past and Present", an exhibition currently on show at the Gallery which explores the impact of 'Old Master' painting on photography from the mid-1800s to the present day. Dave Lewis (a reputed documentary photographer whose work is included in this exhibition) led the workshops.
Ramone worked alongside Dave and the Centrepoint residents throughout the project. He also co-hosted and curated an exhibition of 100 photos at the National Gallery on 21 November which was attended by guests from very diverse backgrounds including National Gallery curators and Credit Suisse representatives, LSBU staff and students and of course Centrepoint residents, staff and volunteers.
Ramone really enjoyed taking part in this project and has learnt a lot about photography, curating, staging an exhibition and interviewing special guests.