As life for many young Londoners becomes more challenging and precarious than ever, We Can Create offers meaningful opportunities for young people to take an active role in the changes taking place in their city.
We Can Create builds on our work with young people over the last decade and is influenced by findings from the Panic! report (2018). Each project gives young people a chance to develop a multitude of skills. Starting with the lived experience of our young participants, we recognise that they are the experts when it comes to making decisions about the places they live and the culture they want to experience. We support young people to take an active role in shaping these places in collaboration with creative practitioners and agencies such as artists, architects, activists and local authorities.
Working site by site, and finding opportunities within Create’s citywide programme and partnerships, we focus specifically on areas of London experiencing periods of considerable change, as these are contexts where young people can feel especially marginalised and excluded. We Can Create looks to address the specific experiences, problems, languages and histories that arise from living within the city and the need for opportunities that foster connection, exploration, learning and action in response to the real conditions of a city in flux.
Our 2019/20 We Can Create projects are:
- Interchange – Bringing together a new collective of talented, young creative practitioners aged 18-24 and providing a supportive space for them to meet regularly, to innovate, co-create and learn. This year, 2 Interchange members have progressed into full time training and employment.
- Hoxton Gardenware – Building on the success of Town Gas, we are creating a new youth-led not-for-profit enterprise at Troy Town Pottery to offer a socially and economically sustainable manufacturing and teaching facility based in Hoxton. This will create training opportunities for six local young people interested in learning to produce ceramic garden ware.
- Old Manor Park Library – Resident artists OOMK continue to run the popular Rabbits Road Press community risograph, including Open Access sessions and workshops for local school children and youth groups.
- Activating Newham: Community & Activism 1980-1991 is an ambitious new youth-led heritage project exploring different communities’ experiences of racism in Newham during the 1980s and now. We are supporting 12 young curators to lead on the programming of this project.
- DIY Rabbits – Formed in collaboration with Aqui Thami, former artist-in-residence at The White House and Rabbits Road Press, the DIY Rabbits are a group of eight young people aged 18-25 who have been working on creative projects to animate the public space at OMPL over the last 6 months.
- The White House – Working in collaboration with local schools and youth groups to increase the cultural offer for young people in Dagenham.
- Dungeons & Dagenham – A regular youth group that combines table top gaming and designing community projects.
- Walthamstow Garden Party – Celebrating Waltham Forest’s creative and cultural communities, this free annual event sees two days of music, crafts, food and family activity delivered in partnership with local organisations. This year, we created 12 paid opportunities for young creatives, including 4 artist assistant roles.
- You Are What You Eat – YAWYE puts young people’s voices first in a conversation about their own health, through two series of child-led films directed by Dunya Kalantery and eleven year-olds from Earlesmead Primary School in Tottenham.
We Can Create is kindly supported by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, with additional support from the Garfield Weston Foundation