Institute of Education


Can we use art to explore difficult topics in hard to reach groups? Let’s Talk Sugar!

12 September 2018, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Teenagers involved in the Let's Talk Sugar! project smiling

This seminar presents the process, output and some of the lessons learnt along the way from Let’s Talk Sugar!, an innovative programme that is engaging Hackney teenagers in type 2 diabetes prevention.

Event Information

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Carol Rivas


Seminar room
UCL Institute of Education
18 Woburn Square

Type 2 diabetes is up to 3 times more prevalent in our UK African and Caribbean communities and it occurs up to ten years earlier than in the general population.

Let’s Talk Sugar! is an innovative programme to promote diabetes awareness amongst Hackney teenagers and their local communities. It is a partnership between the Diabetes Research Group at King’s College London (KCL) and teenagers from Hackney New School.

Diabetes researcher Amanda Moore (KCL) worked with Hackney graphic artist Annie Nicholson (a.k.a. The Fandangoe Kid) to work with teenagers through a series of art workshops and two resulting exhibitions, to change the perception about diabetes amongst the young people and to encourage debate with parents, grandparents and their communities.

The project is funded by KCL's Cultural Institute's Early Career Researcher's programme.

Hosted by the Social Science Research Unit (SSRU) at UCL Institute of Education (IOE), this seminar is free and open to all; no booking required. Join the conversation on Twitter with #SSRUseminar.