Street children as a source of Visual Art.
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This project titled „STREET CHILDREN AS A SOURCE OF VISUAL ART’ was carried out from Kampala. The project aimed at exploration of oil paintings as visual images inspired by street children in Wandegeya, Kampala. The study was guided by three research objectives names; To find where street children are located on streets of Kampala, for visual recording of their activities; To find out what other visual artists have done with inspirations drawn from street children in Kampala; To produce posters inspired by street children in contribution towards advocacy for child rights. The study was set on a case study basis as it is an empirical inquiry that investigated a contemporary phenomenon within its real life context, especially when the boundaries and context were not clearly evident. The visual cameral was the main instrument of data collection. The researcher tried to observe and captured photographs of street children on Kampala streets and observing different sculptures, illustrations and paintings that were made by some artists for example Joseph Ntensibe Paintings and Charlse Kaggwa among others. The researcher applied a descriptive investigation to analyze paintings and illustration about street children made by the visual artists. The study found that the location of street children along the streets of Kampala can in one way or the other be used in production of visual art. This can for instance be used as an inspiration for paintings reflecting the mode of life of street children and the way they are located on streets of Kampala as a way of advocating for the child rights to the government and concerned citizens about the issue of street children and how they can be helped. The study concluded that special protection measures are also needed to increase development opportunities for young person‟s currently suffering the hardship of street life. The study recommended that government takes the necessary steps to protect street children because they are also human beings with human rights to protect, observe and promote. This could be done through providing basic formal education to street children, take them to school and provide their other basic needs such as health, shelter and clothing as well as care. The study recommends that development stakeholders like non-government organisations, churches, mosques and community based organisations should remove street children and nurture them in child homes, schools and child rehabilitation centers in order to help them live a meaningful life in society like other human beings. The study further recommends that artists should continue to advocate for the rights of street children through putting up communicative messages using visual art, performing art (music dance and drama) and text in order to spread the message of love, care, protection and dignity for street children. Stakeholders could also provide the necessary resources such as money, material and information in order to help artists clearly bring the message of advocacy for the rights of street children in Kampala and Uganda in general.