XSite is a pioneering creative project where children (8-12) are working with artists to create and exhibit public art in their neighbourhood.
Developed by Visionary Images in partnership with local organisations, XSite is creatively addressing the increasing issues being experienced by this age group. With Visionary Images children are learning new skills, and are visibly bringing their ideas and experiences into the open.
Launched on the Atherton Gardens public housing estate in 2014 and then rolled out onto the Richmond estate it has successfully engaged with over 250 children. Collaborating with artists in weekly visual art workshops children make and exhibit highly visible public artwork about subjects that matter to them. Through positively communicating with as many neighbours as possible they are building understanding, changing perceptions and breaking cycles of disadvantage.
Temporary and permanent artworks have been produced and exhibited on and around the housing estates. Here are some examples of the artwork produced so far:
Our Home neon artwork Atherton Gardens estate
Paste Up artwork Atherton Gardens estate
Artworks exhibited as 5 light boxes Atherton Gardens estate
Stop the Bully artwork exhibited as a projection Richmond estate
Stop Bullying LED artwork Richmond estate