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Mosaics made by young offenders displayed in Lambeth

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Image caption The mosaics are installed in London communities

Mosaics made by young offenders as part of their rehabilitation have gone on display at a workshop in south London.

The artwork at Southbank Mosaics, which is used to enhance London communities, includes a piece under construction in response to the recent riots.

People leading the project in Lambeth say it gives offenders a chance to pay back the community and the mosaics improve the look of streets.

The gallery and studio in Waterloo Road opened to the public for the weekend.

Southbank Mosaics is helping transform the area close to where poet and painter William Blake lived in Hercules Road, Lambeth, into "Blake's Lambeth".

So far two mosaic translations of his work have been installed outside Waterloo station, 24 mosaics in Centaur Street and seven mosaics in Carlisle Lane.

The project, designed to create a deeper understanding of his work among locals and visitors, is backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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