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Camila Batmanghelidjh

© the artist. Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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Batmanghelidjh is an Iranian-born psychotherapist and founder of the charity Kids Company which provides practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children and young people. The charity reaches 12,000 children a year and has raised £40 million since its beginnings in a disused railway arch in Camberwell, south London in 1996. Also founder of The Place 2 Be, a charity that offers school-based counselling services, Batmanghelidjh considers herself very privileged to be working with children whom she describes as extraordinarily courageous and dignified.
A preparatory study for the portrait of Camila Batmanghelidjh commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery and completed in 2008.

National Portrait Gallery, London





oil on panel


H 12.5 x W 9.2 cm

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Given by Dean Marsh, 2009

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