CreateFutures - Programmes for Youth Community Groups

CreateFutures offers young people opportunities to acquire and develop creative skills and knowledge, increase confidence, share talents, raise aspirations and provide opportunities for career development. At the heart of this is the aim to inspire creativity.

CreateFutures offers a range of free projects, activities and events. Young people are invited to engage in an exciting programme of projects with artists, designers and other professionals working in the creative industries related to the V&A's collections and headline exhibitions.

Some of the young people participating in projects go on to join CreateVoice, our young people's collective.
Create! is supported by Fondation d’entreprise Hermès.

Projects

We work together with local boroughs and community groups to deliver three major projects a year for young people, often with an Arts Award element.

If you are interested in getting your group involved in a project and want to know more about CreateFutures, email us at: create@vam.ac.uk.


Past projects

Gaming Course 2014 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Gaming Course

11 – 13 February 2014

Working with Sophia George, Games Designer-in-Residence at the V&A, ten young people from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Achievement Team and KidsCompany took part in a three day Arts Award course.

The aim of the course was to give the young people an insight into what a games designer does, how games are made, costs of production, skills needed to find employment in the industry and how important gaming is to the British economy.

The participants learned the importance of the narrative elements in games such as character types, story structure and settings. The young people were set the brief of using the V&A’s Medieval and Renaissance gallery as a source of inspiration to devise a character for a game. They could also use objects from the gallery to provide action or background to the game.

Creating a unique character was a key part in the development of their games, their characters were scanned so they could manipulate the image using Photoshop and a drawing table. These were all new skills that the young people developed during the course and that will help them in the future.

At the end of the course the young people used the storyboards they created to communicate ideas about their games. The group was shown open source gaming programmes so they could continue building their skills.

Upcycling and T-shirt Design Project 2013 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Upcycling and T-shirt Design

29 July – 2 August 2013

A joint project run by the V&A, Metropolitan Housing Association and 198 Creative Arts & Learning (CAL) in Brixton.

The group was comprised of young women who had recently finished school and were not in employment, education or training. This project offered an exciting opportunity to develop their fashion design skills.

The first week of the course was based in the V&A’s Art Studio and led by fashion designer Julianna Sissons. Using the V&A’s Club to Catwalk exhibition and extensive Fashion gallery as a source of inspiration, the young people drew garment designs. They developed sewing skills and design techniques, producing a garment out of sustainably sourced cotton jersey accessorised with recycled fabric.

Each member then selected an element of their design that was developed over the following three weeks at CAL. Each member produced 8 -10 garments adapting sustainably sourced cotton T-shirts. Evidence was kept throughout the month (photos of sessions, sewing samples/test pieces) and used to demonstrate improvements of skills for the Arts Award.

Through producing their garments, the young people gained an insight into production costs and retail. The finished garments were shown at an evening event at the V&A for family and friends; each of the young people talked about their inspiration and what they had learnt. The garments were sold at Hustlebucks. HustleBucks is a youth design agency based in Brixton giving young people the platform to develop entrepreneurial skills.


Fashion Design workshop, Kensal Voices project in partnership with Spid Theatre. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Theatre Project at Kensal House

13 April – 6 December 2013

Young people from Kensal House worked with the V&A and SPID (Specially Produced Innovatively Directed) Theatre Company SPID Theatre  based at Kensal House 

“Kensal Voices” was a project for young people aged 13 - 25 to look at the heritage of this modernist housing estate designed by Maxwell Fry. The young people from the local area were supported to carry out research into the housing estate, and to give on-site tours around the estate using theatrical ways of engaging audiences.

Architect Gurmeet Sian worked with the group at the V&A, using the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) collections. The young people took part in a research day using RIBA Archives, gathering evidence for the project, and learnt how to use archives, understanding its value and uses. They found out what modernist architecture is, and understood why a social housing project like Kensal House was built.

The group developed characters by exploring what it would have been like to be a teenager living in the 1930s – 40s, using the V&A collections as a starting point. The group took part in textile and furniture design, architecture and fashion design workshops, and the members learnt from a professional V&A tour guide about how to give engaging tours.

Over the course of the project the young people learnt research and making skills and how to create a character to lead tours. These experiences culminated in giving tours to local residents and members of CreateVoice (the V&A’s youth collective) focussing on the architecture of Kensal House and the Architecture gallery at the V&A.


Airmail by Jowhara AlSaud from the series Out of Line, 2008. Museum no. E.948-2010, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Light from the Middle East

November 2012

The V&A ran an artist-led photography project for young people who explored the Light from the Middle East: New Photography exhibition. Sessions were delivered by photography and video artist Maria Kheirkhah. Final works were displayed in the Art Studio during the Friday Late on 30 November 2012.

This project was run in partnership with Al-Manaar, the Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre and RBKC/Nour Festival.


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Workshop with sound artist Jason Singh, 2012. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Sonic

June 2012

Jason Singh, Sound Art Resident at the V&A, January - June 2012, delivered a sound workshop to a group of young people brought in by St Clement James Centre. Participants were invited to visit the Jameel Gallery to choose an object to describe. They then created sound pieces to represent the objects they chose

Listen to the sound piece here

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