Award-winning boy hosting anti-bullying art gallery

PUBLISHED: 16:00 16 November 2017

Nicholas Nikiforou will host a pop-up gallery in Clevedon.

Nicholas Nikiforou will host a pop-up gallery in Clevedon.

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A North Somerset boy who won a prestigious award from the Royal Family hopes to 'unite Clevedon' at an anti-bullying event this week.

Nicholas Nikiforou is hosting a viewing of his art gallery at Clevedon Pier. The gallery is in the porthole room.Nicholas Nikiforou is hosting a viewing of his art gallery at Clevedon Pier. The gallery is in the porthole room.

Diana Legacy Award-winning 11-year-old Nicholas Nikiforou, of Weston, is hosting an art exhibition at Clevedon Pier from now until Sunday to promote Anti-Bullying Week.

Nicholas suffered years of bullying after he was left with facial scars when a collection of moles he was born with, called congenital melanocystic nevus, was removed at a young age at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

But Nicholas transformed the negative energy he was subjected to into a positive outcome, campaigning against bullying and raising money for Great Ormond Street – which earned him some royal admirers.

Nicholas was one of just 20 children to receive the coveted award in June, giving him the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to collect his prize from Prince William and Prince Harry – who created the awards in memory of their mother.

And after receiving the accolade, Nicholas has taken his efforts to help others who suffer from bullying to a new level, and wants ‘everyone to have their own voice’.

The burgeoning artist will showcase a range of his work in an exhibition called A Big Breath Of Fresh Air, and the youngster hopes people can ‘celebrate their differences’.

He said: “I am really proud because all I want is for everyone to have their own voice and to be happy. I can’t wait to see all the people.”

The pier, in The Beach, is hosting the pop-up gallery in its Porthole Room.

Nicholas Nikiforou with his Diana Legacy Award.Nicholas Nikiforou with his Diana Legacy Award.

Nicholas’ mum, Melanie Andrews, told the Mercury she was ‘very proud of her son’.

She said: “But it’s not just about him – it’s about all the children who are being bullied out there.

“If they are being bullied there is help, like the Diana Award. This is a celebration for everyone.

“It’s very heart-warming because. We want to thank everyone who supported Nick through his journey. We want to bring Clevedon together and unite everyone.”

His sister, Christina Nikiforou, added: “We want to give people their voice, like Nick lost his through bullying. So people like Jill Dando and Jo Cox, we’re giving them their voice back.”

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