Portrait of inner city despair

A hard-hitting exhibition of children's art was launched this week at the Tate Modern. Shrinking Childhoods is an outdoor arts display on the lawn of the gallery that replicates an inner-city neighbourhood, showing south London children's experiences of violence and poverty. The exhibition is a result of workshops help over the summer by the Tate Modern and children's charity Kids Company. More than 1,000 people aged between four and 21 were involved in the project. Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh said: "I hope Shrinking Childhoods will be a call to action for society. Children cannot be held responsible when adults fail them." For details, visit www.shrinkingchildhoods.org.uk.

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