Leon Clowes

Fellow’s Profile

Leon Clowes

Keep it in the family: the forgotten adoptees

Fellowship

Fellowship year

2011

Locality

London

Biography

As I was raised by my grandparents, my Fellowship journey was a personal one. I travelled to eight US states in six weeks, meeting kinship care families like mine and professionals who work in the field. I blogged about our stories, was interviewed by Aasmah Mir for a Radio 4 documentary, and was honoured to be the keynote speaker at the launch of Kinship Care Northern Ireland. Kinship Care NI was founded by another Fellow, Jacqueline Williamson. I also pay my respects to Fellow Jean Stogdon OBE who founded the charity Grandparents Plus (now called Kinship) – I had the privilege of meeting her during my Fellowship. The Fellowship changed my life. It enriched my understanding of families like mine. I changed career at age 50 to become an artist. This happened in part because of the confidence the Fellowship gave me. My first commission as an artist is a project called Nan Kids (a phrase coined by Russell Brand, who was raised at points by both his grandmothers), in which I make the hidden stories of our experiences heard through sound installations, a radio programme and podcasts in London and Ipswich for Kinship Care Week.

Activity

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Disclaimer

All Reports are copyright © the author. The moral right of the author has been asserted. The views and opinions expressed by any Fellow are those of the Fellow and not of the Churchill Fellowship or its partners, which have no responsibility or liability for any part of them.