Andrea Kenny is a London based, Socially Engaged Community Artist who creates accessible spaces where social issues, sometimes of a taboo nature, can be openly expressed & channeled into a creative manifestation. This may be object or non-object art, working under the acronym, RAW = Real-Art-Words.
The philosophy & practice of activism art, dialogical art, social pedagogy, egalitarianism, democracy & research is a continuous thread throughout all of Andrea’s work.
Current projects include a socially engaged dialogue and collaboration with a group of care leavers – ‘Care not Custody’, a dialogue and intervention with young black men who are ‘sick’ of being unjustifiably stopped and searched by the police – ‘Stopped & Scarred’ and an on-going project with families and individuals affected by addiction, ‘Anonymous Apology’ (AA).
Manifestations include photographic images, public recounting of experiences and voice recordings, creating a powerful visual and audio narration of empowerment, aimed at raising awareness of the crucial implications & realities of living with complex socio and political issues.
Andrea’s Studio based artwork currently includes a series of Fact Maps: a colourful network of information that through its design & presentation draws people to pay attention to important social issues that might otherwise be lost in conventional media formats.
Andrea’s socially engaged artwork in the community and studio practice, work hand in hand. Andrea uses Art & social pedagogy to positively challenge bigotry, stereotyping, ignorance & to increase awareness of the detrimental affects of inequality of opportunity.