Agata moved to Arlington in October 2013 from another hostel in Camden. She was referred to Arlington by Camden Council.

A remarkably talented artist, Agata has been very involved in Arlington’s 2014 Creative Space arts programme which she finds therapeutic and inspiring. The programme has enabled her art work to be featured in various exhibitions this year at the IKEA store in Wembley, the Freespace Gallery in Kentish Town and Arlington’s own annual residents’ art showcase.

Agata is over the moon that she has had the chance to share her art with such a wide audience and now helps to run some of the creative workshops at Arlington to inspire other residents.  She is hoping to study theatre design and directing at a specialist arts college in America once she leaves Arlington.

“Art means everything to me. I live with it, by it and for it. The art programme at Arlington really gave me an avenue to continue expressing myself. It made me feel positive and brought good energy to my life.

The project was inspiring and motivating. It gave me the opportunity to meet new people and exchange great ideas. The Creative Space art exhibition at the end was a wonderful experience for me. It was very nice to see so many people come out and enjoy my work.

I am really enjoying helping other residents to learn about and appreciate art too. Programmes like the Creative Space are good for residents here. I have applied to do a theatre design and directing course at the CalArts school in Los Angeles next year which I’m hoping I’ll be able to do once I leave Arlington.

Art is my profession and my life. I’m just happy I’ve had such amazing opportunities to continue doing what I love at Arlington.”