Kay Rufai and Wandsworth Council

S.M.I.L.E-ing Boys Project

Under 6s6+12+15+18+

The S.M.I.L.E-ing Boys project is a research-led mental wellbeing project for Black boys in London. The project uses photography, poetry, film and discussions to empower the young boys to develop emotional intelligence and best manage their mental health in positive ways.

It explores eight main factors found by research which affect the happiness levels of a person, which in turn impacts our ability to engage positively in our relationships with self and others, as well as wider society at large.

The project was created as a public health response to the rise in youth stabbings, which sparked government reactions such as more stop and searches and greater police presence in minority communities.

This Nine Elms exhibition trail is part of the WAF 2020 and supported by Wandsworth Council. The project received funding from the Wellcome Trust & Arts Council England. It is supported by Mayor of London and has been exhibited at City Hall.


See the exhibition at the following Nine Elms community noticeboards until 31 October at:

Bourne Valley Wharf, Riverside Walk, SW8 5DF (opp the US Embassy)

Condell Road / Thessaly Road junction, SW8 4JA

Battersea Park Road, SW8 4BX (under the bridge opp Battersea Dogs and Cats Home)


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Event Dates

8 August, 12.00pm ongoing