About Shape Arts At a glance Staff Ioannis Athanasiou Prior to joining Shape Arts in April 2015, I worked for many years in museums, theatres, charities and local authorities to benefit young people in education, employment and the arts. The social value of cultural participation and inclusion triggers my passion in doing a PHD in Museum Educational Studies at Goldsmiths University and forming accessible and emancipatory experiences for socially vulnerable young individuals. The HLF-funded documentary ‘Stories of Becontree’ has been the most recent project in engaging young people at risk of school exclusion in Barking and Dagenham (available on YouTube). My greatest moment in my professional life has definitely been a three month journey having volunteered for the opening ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Athens 2004. I love blogging at www.youtopias.org on creative learning and social change and developing youth-led projects though visual arts, participatory theatre and cultural heritage. In my personal time, I love walking and discovering London while practising digital photography with my Nikon. I never stop reading news, fiction and literature and writing poetry.