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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.


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

Working at the Out of the Dark Studio

Working at the Out of the Dark Studio © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Furniture Upcycling with Out of the Dark

4 – 8 August 2014

Out of the Dark are a social enterprise which recycle, restore and revamp pieces of discarded furniture in order to train, educate and employ young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Working with a group of 9 young people from Metropolitan Housing, each attendee was given their own chair to upcycle at the start of the week, and worked for the duration of the course to design, restore and style a finished article whilst experiencing peer mentoring from the young staff at Out of the Dark.

Course attendees spent three days at the Out of the Dark studio in High Wycombe learning all about the process of restoring and revamping furniture – including how to gain a professional finish using techniques such as painting, sanding and upholstery. The final two days of the course were then based at the V&A, where the young people put the finishing touches to their chairs whilst taking a tour of the furniture galleries and learning about the history of the chair.

The course finished with a public celebration at the Museum where friends, family and professional contacts were invited to admire the finished pieces and talk to the young people about their experiences.  Each young person was then able to take home their finished chair at the end of course, either for use at home or to sell.

All 9 students achieved an AQA qualification in paintwork techniques by attending this course.

Participant in the CreateFutures Menswear course

Participant in the CreateFutures Menswear course © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Introduction to Menswear

9 – 12 June 2014

Inspired by The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014, this four day course introduced 10 young people from Kids Company, the Prince’s Trust and Fashion Awareness Direct to the art of professional tailoring.

Led by tutor Lorraine Mitchell, the young people attending were shown the basics of tailoring, and worked with professional grade materials to produce their own waistcoat by the end of the course. They were also taken to visit a number of Savile Row tailors including Rubinacci, Henry Poole & Co., and Anderson & Sheppard, where they were introduced to staff, visited the cutting room and were taken through the front of house services as an introduction to the industry.

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.

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.

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