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Hackney, East London, 2004

On Sites Arts’ first exhibition of photographs by Irish Traveller boys, aged 10 -13, took place on 20th September 2004 in the back of a Luton van. This show followed several months of photographic workshops on the boys’ Traveller site in Hackney and in the surrounding landscape. These workshops were run alongside the London Gypsy and Traveller Unit’s youth group, ‘Boys’ Night’.

The exhibition toured Hackney, visiting the London Gypsy and Traveller Unit, local funders, and the homes of those few housed travellers who participated in the project. The van ended its tour at the boys’ site.

The main aim of this travelling exhibition was to enable the boys themselves to see their photographs enlarged and exhibited.
On Site Arts produced a short ‘road movie’ of the Luton Van exhibition. This was shown at various venues in London and also at a Travellers’ Youth Conference in Birmingham, May 2005.