Part of Peace Camp, the InTents education project worked with over 400 children and young people from across the UK.
Each school was sent a bell tent and small display of books of love poetry, textiles and installation art – part sponsored by Faber and Faber and Penguin, and chosen by artists and writers working on the project – to inspire students and teachers and to keep as valuable additions to their libraries.
Inspired by the themes of love, language and landscape, the children and young people produced a series of highly original poems and individual artworks to be displayed in their bell tents. From love poems embroidered and cross-stitched onto placards in the style of demonstration banners to glass bottles collaged with love messages accompanied by a lost at sea soundscape, the work produced represents a fascinating portrait of the lives and loves of young people across the UK in 2012.
The schools’ Peace Camp tents went on public exhibition in venues and festivals local to the schools throughout the summer. All the tents then travelled to the South Bank in London where they were displayed together along the riverside as part of National Poetry Day celebrations.