"My World" is an international project committed to raising awareness of the lives of children from around the globe through the medium of education and photography. By donating cameras to the children themselves, "My World" gives these children a voice and allows others to view the world from their perspective. Our ongoing project reflects the society they are from through the creation of the childrens' personal visual narratives of their day-to-day life experiences.
We hold workshops in which we observe and question photos taken by young people from other countries, teach basic camera skills and give all participants a platform to visually express themselves and tell their own personal story. Each project results in an exhibition of their work for the local community.
This projects reserves the typical role of young people learners, putting them in the position of teaching others, thus resulting in a greater sense of self worth. It builds confidence, self esteem and encourages creativity, giving them a sense of importance.
Galleries and schools worldwide have been a great support to us, exhibiting the children's photographs and personal stories. These visual stories are used to connect the lives of people worldwide, leading to a deeper understanding of each other. The exhibitions intend to break down language barriers and we hope to demonstrate this as photography provides a common, international language, immediately understandable to all. This enables quick, easy and rich cultural exchanges to develop.
The more countries we work in, the richer the cultural exchange will be and in turn more productive for all. Therefore the final aim of "My World" is to increase the amount of countries we work in, giving insight and information predominantly inaccessible to others, thus raising awareness of different situations people live in around the globe.
Felicity has continued running her project and has also been involved with numerous creative youth projects which include short films, documentaries and music albums. She has also worked with Special needs children facilitating art and helping to make toys and games catering to individual needs and abilities. London based art collective 'Random Artists' also gave her a platform for her work, which has been exhibited in various derelict spaces around the UK during exciting multimedia art events, displaying recycled sculptures with the theme 'nature vs. technology'.
Felicity recently returned from Africa where she ran the "My World" project with Nicola Griffiths.
While away they worked with different Tribes, Refugees and street kids. Currently Felicity's creative endeavours have lead her to Blacksmithing and metal work as a chosen medium, and she is currently studying this in Herefordshire.