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Project information

Count Art II: Early Intervention with Art

Access to arts is known to have a lasting and transformational effect on communities and many aspects of people's lives. With calligraphy and marbling we aim to attract young Muslim women in Tower Hamlets to motivate them to achieve goals in their lives and to be more engaged within the community.

February 2019 - September 2019

Charity information: London Centre For Social Studies

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  • Need


    Unfortunately young Muslim women and girls becoming isolated from the society and radicalised through social media propaganda and interactions with so called Islamic State members, calling young Muslim women to join them.We are faced with a vast responsibility to counter these thoughts and actions in due time. As these young women and girls, disenfranchised from British society become won over by extremist thoughts, harming themselves, hurting families and society as a whole


    Count Art aims to reach young women and girls to allow them to vent out their cognitive thinking process through Islamic art, which would help analyse any negative thoughts towards society. These group sessions during art production will foster integration and social cohesion between all people present during the session. The positive impacts embraced through these mentor sessions should ultimately assist them to imagine and work towards a healthy individual in society.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To establish art as a form of early intervention in countering radicalisation and extremism


    » To form an Islamic art (calligraphy and marbling) workshop with local artists and young girls which will consist of 10-15 girls in each group.

    What success will look like

    At the beginning and at the end of the project we will hand out questionnaires with questions devised from experts to seek the difference and the impact of art overall.

    Aim 2

    To establish a rapport between the mentor, mentee and volunteers


    » The mentor, an expert in psychological assessment, will analyse the young girls' art work and gain information from the volunteers about the girls

    What success will look like

    As this project also aims at capacity building for volunteers, the volunteers can create a report to explaining the relationship built between the mentor and mentee (young girls).

  • Impact


    The ability to utilize marbling and calligraphy as a tool of engaging and encouraging young girls to express feelings of extreme thought, explore their exclusion from society, empowering their sense of contribution and to learn new skills.

    This will hopefully enable young Muslim girls to have a lifelong hobby to themselves which will help them to have a stronger self confidence and inner peace.


    We can foresee two main risks.
    1- Getting in touch with community groups and involving young girls to workshops as their society can be very closed to outsider interactions.
    1.1- We will try to create a stronger relation with the community leaders.

    2- The risk of young girls being emotionally overwhelmed and disrupt the progress of other young girls in the art classes, or becoming disengaged with the task at hand.
    2.2- Our staff will be trained for what to expect and how to deal with.


    The reports will be termly, usually 3 terms excluding half terms, which will give us the opportunity to write up the progress of the students and whether we have decided to alter the course.

    There will also be an annual report at the end of the school year which will decide the continuation.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £17,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,500 Administration Project manager, and 1 project assistant along with meeting and logistics costs.
      £1,000 Media and Marketing Publishing reports, media and graphic design for posters, marketing of project to schools
      £3,000 Artists 30 Sessions of workshops
      £1,000 Volunteers Payment for 5 volunteers, for their travel and lunch costs
      £3,000 Materials Material costs for the art workshops
      £500 Miscellaneous Unforeseen items such as cost of shipping and handling of art equipment
      £1,000 Venue Venue costs
  • Background


    Tower Hamlets, London


    Young Muslim girls

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have the experience in similar projects.
    We have good connections with the local community and a good network to run the project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ufuk Ucar


    Kubra Uygur


    Esra Uygun

    Marbling Artist

    Sami Abdullah

    Calligraphy Artist