Yusuf was many things to many people. An Artist, Poet, Writer, Author, Trainer, Dad, Adopter and Foster carer, who spent the first 18 years of his life in the harsh environs of children’s institutions during the 1960’s and 1970’s. He never described this as ‘care’ as he was subjected to physical, sexual and emotional abuse which had a far reaching and lasting effect on his adult life. He was taught the lessons of shame, rejection, fear, silence & retribution...Remarkably not only did he survive, he thrived. As a storyteller he used his art and poetry to voice and explore the emotions he was unable to voice as a child. "It’s been painful, but honest, reflecting a world that is talked about, just not fully understood & where those that grow up in it know that something isn’t right, yet often remain unheard & unable to do anything about it"
Yusuf used his combined experiences as an artist and a child of the state, to inform and share with those who genuinely want to improve and sustain better outcomes for those who never chose their start in life.
Yusuf stressed it's not about making a difference, it's about being the difference which is much more personal, less aspirational and probably more doable.
Paul died of Covid in January 2021. This exhibition celebrates his work , his life and his continuing inspiration to BE THE DIFFERENCE.
Copies of his book Marks of an Unwanted Rainbow published by Kirwin Maclean Associates Ltd will be on sale during the exhibition.