Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 09.06.04An innovative art exhibition at the University of Sunderland is showcasing the work of children and young people who have experienced trauma or loss – including those who have been fostered and adopted.

Organised by the Childhood Studies team, the Open Nest Exhibition has previously been displayed in London and was launched in the North East on May 14, during Mental Health Awareness Week.

It is estimated that one in ten children and young people experience mental health difficulties during their school days, with this number rising to one in four adults.

Open Nest is a charitable project born from personal experiences of the adoption and long-term fostering of traumatised children. Their aim is to address a gap in provision of specialist support services to adopted children who have anxiety and trauma related behaviours.

The Exhibition at the University of Sunderland runs until Thursday (May 21) and can be found on the ground floor of the Priestman Building, City Campus.

The University also has its own central hub supporting children who have experienced loss and trauma. For more information visit