InterchangeA new youth-led innovation lab using creative leadership and human-centred design to empower young Londoners and their communities.

Interchange has been set up in response to the growing challenges faced by many young people in London who want to start a career in the cultural and creative sector. The group will focus on Londoners from diverse backgrounds and is a response to the Panic! report (2018) which revealed the structural barriers facing many attempting to establish a career in these industries.

Interchange brings together a collective of talented, young creative practitioners aged 18-24 and provides a supportive space for them to meet regularly, to innovate, co-create and learn. In 2018/19 Interchange members were selected from Create Jobs and Panic! traineeship alumni and the group have interests spanning art, design, curating, fashion, architecture and social entrepreneurialism. We will seek to provide paid opportunities for members of the group within the Create London programme, to share contacts, tools and resources to help develop their practices and will support funding bids by those in the group as well as offering careers advice and mentoring.

New Projects

Each member of the group also has access to a micro-grant of up to £500 each year to research and develop a new project which will be developed with the support of the group and that of the Create team. We encourage projects which use the lived experience of the group as a starting point. Members of the group will be supported to co-create new, socially useful creative projects that build and test ideas that could lead to a positive change in the real-life experiences of other young people.

Our goal is for Create London to learn from the group’s experiences and skills as they learn from ours. Interchange will nominate one member of the group to attend and present at Create London Board meetings. We want to see the young people in the group flourish and for the voices of young Londoners to start to play a more central role in shaping our work over the coming years.

Info on each Interchange member to the left.

Interchange is part of We Can Create – Create’s new youth programme kindly supported by Bank of America, with additional support from the Garfield Weston Foundation