Young creative careers set to take off with new East London initiatives
By Amy Zamarripa Solis
As part of National Careers Week, which is celebrated nationally from 1-6 March, eight East London arts, cultural and heritage organisations are getting the next generation ready for work in the creative sector, supported by Foundation for Future London.
Starting in March and running through 2021, programmes will train up young people aged 14 to 25 to become curators, programmers, producers and even architects with festivals, exhibitions and programmes happening in partnership with Here East, Barbican, Museum of London, UCL Special Collections, Newham Heritage Month, and Spotlight Youth Centre. Many of the programmes offer paid training and employment opportunities to young people who may not have any experience in the creative sectors.
- Skills.Youth.Network.Create. (S.Y.N.C.) by Art Clubbers and Spotlight across London
- The People’s Pavilion by Beyond the Box in East London, working with East Bank partners V&A, BBC and London College of Fashion.
- The New Curators Project by UCL Special Collections and Newham Heritage Month in East London
- The Pattern by Play Nice across London, a new alternative curriculum by winners of the inaugural Fusion Prize, a national award established to help foster the fusion skills young Londoners need to thrive in the modern workplace
- Fusion Futures in partnership with Culture Mile, Barbican Creative Learning and Foundation for Future London
East London is earmarked as London’s next major cultural destination with the emerging East Bank development and yet there is high unemployment amongst young people, lower wages and other inequalities. Young people have especially been affected by covid-19. The Foundation for Future London is supporting innovative and community-led projects that focus on supporting young people to become better equipped to get jobs through training, skills development and support, including “fusion skills”, which are a mix of communications, creative and other skills necessary for the workforce.
Maria Adebowale-Schwarte, CEO, Foundation for Future London said:
“Foundation for Future London is proud to continue funding and investing in a remarkable breadth of impactful and exciting projects. We know our grants are crucial in these unprecedented times of dealing the impact of C19 whilst resourcing build back better and fairer career focused projects. The exciting range of projects S.Y.N.C, The People’s Pavilion, The New Curators Project, The Pattern and Fusion Futures are designed to support East London and the next generation with the creative skills and training they need to establish and develop careers, jobs, business and ideas in arts, culture, education and innovation.
The Foundation’s role continues to be vital in supporting and providing pathways into the creative sector. Through our Foundation Programme, co-funded by City of London, we aim to ensure East Bank is an inclusive resilient, thriving, world-class neighbourhood of local and global significance, connecting London’s cultural districts through our cross-cultural sector partnership with City of London and Culture Mile.”
Vicky Price, Head of Outreach, Special Collections, UCL Library Services said:
“We are so excited to launch The New Curators Project this year. It is the first step to what we hope will be a recurring project that invites local young minds to engage with what the cultural heritage sector is and what it could be if it centred around their voices and ideas. It will also mean that Newham Heritage Month and UCL Special Collections are able to work together to build a positive, mutually beneficial relationship that platforms and elevates participants’ contributions.”
Tim Jones, Culture Mile Manager said:
“In an increasingly uncertain world, it is essential that we address the skills gap currently faced by many young people. Culture Mile is committed to finding new and innovative ways to develop fusion skills, which are essential to succeed in the 21st Century workplace. We’re very pleased to be able to collaborate again with East Bank, who share our vision of using the power of creativity, innovation and learning to help address the problem of social mobility for young Londoners.”
All projects are supported with funding through the Foundations Programme, which is co-funded via a four-year partnership with City of London. The programme’s aim is to develop longer term shared learnings between the two new cultural districts of East Bank and Culture Mile and support our local collaborative cultural programming around creative education, lifelong learning and employment opportunities.
For more information on the projects, see future.london