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A simple drawing on a cream background in which four hands are visible. Three hands are holding pencils; two of them are drawing the unfinished outline of a mantlepiece, while the third is writing the following words below: Mantelpeace: A Taking Part exhibition from Young Vic. The Man on the word Mantelpeace is filled in, while the rest of the word is just outlined.

A Taking Part Exhibition from Young Vic


The Maria and The Clare Studios

This summer, get a glimpse into the world of young men growing up in London with MANTELPEACE, a free exhibition. Immerse yourself in teenage memories, penalty shootouts and park bench confessions in this interactive exhibition which celebrates the transition from boyhood to manhood and provides a fresh perspective on traditional masculinity. 

Drawing from real-life experiences of young men in Southwark and Lambeth, the exhibition is curated by local Young Curators and Young Consultants, working with Lead Artist Adam Karim, Sound Designer and Composer Duramaney Kamara, Set Designer Finlay Jenner and Guest Artists. With contributions from Arco Academy, Lansdowne School, Southwark Inclusive Learning Service and Untold Creative Training

Design by Emilie Chen. Photography by Ikin Yum.
  • Fri 12 Jul | 7pm - 9pm | Let's Talk: Men In Theatre


    Young Vic, Clare Studio | Fri 12 Jul | 7pm - 9pm

    A free panel talk with male identifying artists and leaders from a wide range of roles and disciplines unpack theatre making, routes into theatre, routes into the arts, intersectionality and being male identifying

    Age: 16+ 

    Open to all 

    Confirmed panel: Adam Karim, Dan de la Motte, Dr Darren Chetty, Jordi Carter, Matthew Xia, Ned Glasier, Toby Clarke, and Yomi Sode. 

    Chair/Host is Dr Sylvan Baker 

  • Fri 19 Jul | 11am - 12pm | Move as one: movement and dance for the heart, mind and soul.


    Young Vic, Clare Studio | Fri 19 Jul | 11am - 12pm 

    Movement and dance is a form of expression, joy, connection and communication. Join us for a free 1-hour beginners workshop in movement and dance to move for wellbeing. For male-identifying young people led by Jay Jay Revlon

    Age: 18-25

    Male-identifying participants

    Deadline to sign up: Friday 5th July, 10am

Supported by

Lead Artist Adam Karim  
Sound Designer and Composer Duramaney Kamara 
Set Designer Finlay Jenner 

Guest Artists  
Ivan Oyik, Kingsley Nebechi, Marc Pouani, Still Shadey and Wumi Olaosebikan. 

Young Curators  
Ash Johann Curry-Machado, Barnaby Brown, Ona-Ara Fadipe and Yab Yowhans. 

Young Consultants  
Cameron O'Loan, Micah Forte, Sylvian Cunningham and Xavier Bailey. 

Learning Contributors  
Arco Academy, Lansdowne School, Southwark Inclusive Learning Service and Untold Creative Training. 

For headshots and biographies, please click here

Sensory Adapted and Relaxed Environment: Fri 12 Jul, 1 – 6pm
Touch Tours of Exhibition available: Fri 12 Jul, 3pm