Yesterday, I went on a long walk with my boyfriend deep into Brecon. It was breath-takingly beautiful and the sound of fresh running water was incredibly soothing. Feeling the mist from the huge waterfall on my face was so refreshing and everytime we passed a pool of water it was so tempting to jump in. Definutely needed to clear the mind, ready for the next stage of life.

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I’m absolutely ecstatic to say that I’ll be studying an MA in Art, Health and Well-being, a subject that I know I will thrive in. I went to my interview yesterday and it was so informative about how I will settle and what the course can offer, life is coming together really nicely!

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I sit on two Advocacy groups through my voluntary work, one is the Ministerial Expert Group on Advocacy (MEGA) which involves professionals from Promo-Cymru, Civil Servants, Welsh Government representatives, and representatives from the Children’s Commisioner for Wales and other organisations, and we discuss issues and problem-solve them to drive the new Advocacy model for Wales.

The other is the Young Persons Expert Group on Advocacy (YPMEGA) which is a group of young people who have been looked after from all over Wales which I currently Chair. The two groups are campaigning for an Independently funded National Advocacy service for Looked after Children and Care Leavers, but will eventually reach all children and young people in Wales. I got invited to an extended meeting with both professionals and young people and also got asked to display my Paper Stack - showing the amount of paperwork involved in processing a young person through the Care System.

This event was fantastic and I learnt so much from both professionals and young people, it was also great to see people from all over Wales.

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Artist Statement

Due to entering a systematic environment in relation to the loss of my family, difficulties in identity, and progression from childhood into adulthood from age 15, the Care System features heavily within my work. I have a keen interest in the on-going changes of policy and bureaucracy in relation to Social Services in Wales. Through-out my own experience of this system, and involvement within charity work, I have gained knowledge upon the practices and issues facing current Looked after Children. I aim to communicate these issues and ideas about this system to a wider audience.

My current practice features a stacked collective of A4 sized, office-style documents directly relating to Looked after Children. These documents, often stored away in bulk files within a room only a professional could access, offer the audience insight into the sheer volume of physical paperwork relating to one entrant upon the system, as well as the methodical approach used by professionals in forming a relationship with a ‘Service User’. By creating this stack of paper, I aim to explore how a young person’s life is transformed into a large collection of documents which are then archived upon leaving this system, often never looked at again

Rosie Parry
'Paper Stack'
2014

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Neatly stacked Paper Stack, notice how the edges of the piece are curving and distorting, something I didn’t expect to happen. Stacking it this way wasn’t very strong in terms of the structure, and sort of took away from the feeling of the piece, setting it in a different context to what it originally was.

Rosie Parry
'Paper Stack'
2014

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Placing my stack in the Gallery to see a more professional perspective on the piece, by doing this I’m getting a better understanding at where the context of my work thrives, ideas I have following are placing the piece in a library or student support, counselling room or some other part of the institution that removes that cold-gallery feel to my piece of work.

Rosie Parry
'Paper Stack'
2014

experimenting putting the stack in a professional environment, having a glimpse at what it would look like in the degree show. gradually it is getting bigger and bigger, which is exciting to see how tall I can present it.

Rosie Parry
'Paper Stack'
2014

the very start working on my paper stack. a collection of documents directly relating to Looked after Children, young people and Care Leavers, showing the amount of physical paperwork and professionals involved within 1 young person’s life.

documents include birth certificates, pathway plans, doctors letters, social services reports, logged information from every meeting with professionals, education reports and qualifications, statistics and measurements on LAC, advocacy information, housing support, benefit claims and welfare cuts reports, consultations, just to name a few.

Rosie Parry
'Paper Stack'
2014

Through the 3rd year of University we had regular Gap Space Crits, where each of us artists could present a piece of work or talk through our work with the rest of the year group to gain more feedback from our peers. This I found to be useful when gaining a first reaction from these photographs from my peers, althought I had difficulty showing these due to not wanting to break confidentiality, and found it difficult to share this topic with my peers. It seems I need to think about things more in depth and how to present my ideas to an audience who doesn’t know about this topic.

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These photographs are from another participant, this person went down a different route to the previous and decided to visit significant places that they used to be around when they were younger. It’s interesting how each participant identifies themselves using their own surroundings and what that surrounding is for them.

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