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ART and prose created by North Somerset school children has been on display alongside work produced by young people from the Nkomazi district of South Africa.

The exhibition, organised by Portishead based charity, Za, took place at @Bristol on the city’s Harbourside.

The display was created by young people using the theme, Universal access to HIV testing and treatment as a human right, to mark Worlds AIDs Day.

The Za Foundation, set up by a team led by Portishead mum Jayne Morris-Thurgood, helps sustain a generation of vulnerable and orphaned children in South Africa, whose lives have been deeply affected by AIDS.

Pupils from 17 schools in North Somerset took part in the project, linked with 17 schools in the Nkomazi. The exhibition is just one of many collaborative projects planned between the link schools.

A group of young performers from the Nkomazi district stayed with Ms Morris-Thurgood at her Weston-in-Gordano home during a four week visit in 2009 interacting with 3,500 students from 13 North Somerset schools.

Plans are currently under way for their return next year.