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Southwark businesses rent artwork in charity drive

Budding young artists can have their work exhibited and raise money for charity through a new scheme supporting youth projects.

The Bermondsey-based marketing company Periscopix set up SE1ART to raise money for charities.  Bede House in Southwark Park Road and Downside Fisher Youth Club in Druid Street, both in Bermondsey, will benefit from the scheme.

SE1ART was launched by Periscopix after the company heard about funding cuts being made to nearby youth services and organisations.

The firm, based in Queen Elizabeth Street, is loaning out paintings, photography and sculptures that have been made by young people to private companies.

Periscopix channels all the cash raised back into the local charities.  Young people who go to Downside Fisher have already started creating artwork.

Simon Norris, Periscopix’s Managing Director, said: “We launched SE1ART to create a support network for youth charities.  They provide important services to the community; providing disadvantaged youths with a place to go and have fun safely.”

Downside Fisher Chief Officer Claudia Webbe commented the charity was trying to adapt to a new funding climate.

“Periscopix is providing us with an important lifeline.  SE1ART creates an opportunity for young people to develop their talents and interests while at the same time raising much-needed funds.”

Eleven-year-old Emily James, one of the young artists from Downside Fisher, said she was thrilled that her artwork could soon be hanging on the walls of London businesses.

“I am really enjoying making art and I’m happy that my artwork is being used for the project.  It makes me feel good about myself.”

SE1ART art leases are available to businesses on a 12-month contract from January 9th.

If you would like more details visit www.se1art.org

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