Over two weeks the group carried out research in the Church Street neighbourhood, asking questions about surveillance, police brutality and the future of policing. Together the group produced a soundscape Dear Police: The Sound of the People which explores the central question ‘Why do the police treat us differently?’
Recorded at Red Bus Studios this track features personal reflections, archival material and original music. The group presented the piece at a final two hour event with activist groups Black Lives Matter UK, Green and Black Cross and Sisters Uncut who answered questions and offered advice, solidarity and support.
The Serpentine Galleries Youth Forum is run in partnership with Westminster Academy, located on Harrow Road in West London, and commissioned artists. The project forms part of the schools Year 10 internship programme. Young people aged 14 and 15 years old work collaboratively with artists to identify issues and create a platform for change.
In autumn 2017, the Serpentine Youth Forum was: Abdellah, Abderraouf, Alex, Ashraf, Jay, Jo, Jordan, Evan, Maram, Mustafa, Naseem, Omar, Pharrell, Raisa, Raju, Tibebe, Tykeze, Urva, Wawa and Waleed.