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Posted on September 14th 2015

Merton young faces on display at the All England Club

John&James Makanjuola

James & John from Harris Academy Morden

Portraits of 50 of Merton’s most inspiring young people are on display at The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), home of The Championships, Wimbledon thanks to a joint project between Wimbledon BookFest and the Wimbledon Foundation, the charity of the AELTC.

Merton Young Faces is a vibrant photographic exhibition which tells the stories of Merton’s young people. Secondary schools and community projects in Merton were invited to nominate students aged 15-18 years old who stand out either through sport, arts, music, drama; or because of their active involvement in the community.

Taken at iconic locations across Merton by photographer Nick Gregan and showcasing the talent and positive future of the Borough, Merton Young Faces will be exhibited in the AELTC’s Wingfield Café, from 14 September to 11 October 2015 as part of the events taking place across London to mark the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Capital’s 32 Boroughs.

Wimbledon BookFest Director Fiona Razvi said, "We wanted to photograph young people who are making a difference and reflect the vibrancy of our borough. Each portrait tells a unique story, reflecting a different corner of the diverse community that makes Merton such an exciting place to live, work and volunteer.”

Helen Parker, Wimbledon Foundation & Community Manager said “The Wimbledon Foundation supports the local community in a number of ways, which includes awarding grants through the Wimbledon Foundation Community Fund. It has been a pleasure for us to partner with Wimbledon BookFest who do a fantastic job of making the arts accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds.”