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Home is where the art is . . .

PUBLISHED: 17:13 28 April 2010 | UPDATED: 11:39 23 August 2010

PICTURE THIS: Mum Naomi with some of her work.

PICTURE THIS: Mum Naomi with some of her work.

AN ART student is opening up her home to quite literally give others a snapshot into her family s life. Single mum Naomi Boyle is risking the wrath of her two teenage daughters as she prepares her Hidden Lives photography exhibition, laid out in her own

AN ART student is opening up her home to quite literally give others a snapshot into her family's life.

Single mum Naomi Boyle is risking the wrath of her two teenage daughters as she prepares her Hidden Lives photography exhibition, laid out in her own home.

Ms Boyle, who is in her final year studying Art and Design at UCA in Rochester will completely gut her former council house on Brunswick Walk, Gravesend, tearing up carpet and white-washing walls, to transform it into a temporary gallery.

She said: "It was one of those things you come upon when you can't sleep or you've had one glass of wine too many.

"I'm one of those people who once they've decided upon something has to do. Frankly, I'm now petrified."

Ms Boyle, 39, who works as a receptionist for the Sure Start centre attached to Kings Farm School said she wants her daring venture to inspire the creation of a public space for artwork in the town centre.

She added: "We have St Andrews Art Centre but it is on the edge of town. There are so many empty shops in the town centre surely one could be taken up so that anyone rich, poor old or young could use it to show off work.

"I worked as an art assistant at St George School for a while and there were so many young talented people coming through but they end up moving away. We need to encourage people to express themselves."

The artist's work focuses on shots of life with her 15 and 17-year-old daughters, at home, as well as staged pictures used to symbolise the challenges faced by single parents and low income families. Her home, 36 Brunswick Walk in Gravesend will be open to the public from 6pm to 9 on Friday May 7 and 10am to 2pm on the Saturday.

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