Moving Stories: Lewisham – a creative competition for young people aged 9–18

Over the past year, young people from across Lewisham have been designing exhibits responding to what migration means to them as part of Moving Stories: Lewisham, a creative competition we ran during Borough of Culture, supported by Landsec.

Hundreds of young people teamed up to submit over 50 cretive ideas. We shortlisted six entries and matched each with creative professionals to develop these ideas into prototypes, which we displayed outside the entrance to the Migration Museum for a week in December.

On December 6, we hosted a fantastic finals event, at which six shortlisted teams presented their ideas to a panel of high-profile judges. All were truly worthy winners but, after much deliberation, the judges chose Material Memories, a mixed-media display of family objects, artwork, audio and poetry exploring her Palestinian heritage by 10-year-old Muna.

Muna presenting at the finals event for Moving Stories: Lewisham at the Migration Museum on 6 December 2022 (Image: Elzbieta Piekacz)

Muna is now working with our creative team  to develop a full exhibit. This will be displayed in our windows from February 15 2023, alongside all of the finalists’ prototypes.

We are looking to relaunch our Moving Stories creative competition for young people next year – more details to follow.

If you’d like to find out more or are keen to run your own competition, please contact our Learning Manager Liberty Melly:

In the meantime you can explore the resources we put together to help guide young people and educators entering last year’s competition:

Watch a video by our Artistic Director Aditi Anand
View and download the info pack for young people
View and download the info pack for educators
Looking for inspiration? View and download mood boards of inspiring ideas

2022 Judges:
Aditi Anand
Flora Henry
Gus Casely-Hayford
Khizra Ahmed
Richard Upton

2022 Artists:
Anan Tello
Antonia Olex
Arteh Odjidja
Christian Sinibaldi
Osbert Parker
Mike Nisbet
Nadina Ali
Shorsh Saleh

2022 Coaches:
Antonia Olex
Jonathan Pitcher
Jon Watson
Jo Smee
Paul Redden

Supported by:

Film by Felix Ursell

One response to “Moving Stories: Lewisham – a creative competition for young people aged 9–18”

  1. sodia haddassi-amma says:

    This is. Really big for the kids so thanks

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