Through daily sessions, the group explored tensions around success and failure, individuality, collectivity, power structures and navigating uncertain futures, culminating in a final performance art-work: rehearsals, presented in the Speak exhibition at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in April 2017.
‘A rehearsal is a session of exercise, drill, or practice, that are done in order to prepare for a public performance, ceremony, and therefore to make the person rehearsing more comfortable and confident at the moment of the real performance or ceremony as it releases the stress of the failure, because in real life fails happen all the time.' Youth Forum member
Serpentine Youth Forum is run in partnership with Westminster Academy, located on Harrow Road in West London, and a commissioned artist. The project forms part of the school’s Year 10 internship programme. Young people, aged 14 and 15 years old, work collaboratively with an artist to identify and define issues in the social realm and make change.
In spring 2017, the Serpentine Youth Forum was: Alex, Amiira, Atun, Awa, Aya, Barby, Ben, Clelia, George, Hala, Ilias, Leoreta, Mahek, Mariana, Rania, Ryan, Sadea, Teresa, Vleron and Yousef.