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Young people fund exhibit

June 03 2014
How a group of hostel residents went from jam to photography

A group of young people living in a YMCA hostel in North London have raised money to put on an exhibition of their photographs this month, by selling their own jams and chutneys.

The Accumul8 group, working with local festival director Marice Cumber, appealed for local residents to donate fruit and veg from their allotments and were overwhelmed with the response.

With Marice’s help, they taught themselves to make the produce into jams and chutneys – including Moroccan apple and date chutney, apple pie jam and Membrillo quince jam – which they then sold at local craft fairs.

The money they raised was spent on photography workshops, with photographer Kit Oates encouraging the young people to observe their surroundings, and passing on skills in how to use DSLR cameras.

The results will now be on show in two small exhibitions.

One participant Garfield, 26, said of the project: "Its the highlight of my week. It makes a change to watching TV, visiting the dole office or just hanging out at the YMCA day-in-day-out.”

See the exhibition in London at the Hot Pepper Jelly Café on Tottenham Lane and the foyer of the NLYMCA Gym, Elmfield Avenue, from 6–15 June.