FOR 14 - 16 YEAR OLDS Young Design Museum
Ardagh Young Creatives
A vibrant programme for 14 – 16 year olds to explore, experiment and create a better future together.
The museum recognises that the design world isn’t as visibly diverse as it should be and wants to make a positive change.
In May 2021, the museum welcomed 10 young people aged 14-16 from underrepresented groups based in London. Led by established and emerging designers, the attendees are encouraged to explore all aspects of design – from architecture to product and graphics to sustainability.
As a young person led project, the programme started with what was important to the group. Through a series of workshops, participants explored what design was, what it meant to design with empathy and care, and how they wanted to build a better future.
In the lead is RESOLVE collective, an interdisciplinary design group that combines architecture, engineering, technology and art to address social challenges who helped the group combine and shape their ideas into reality.
Along the way, designers from different industries are invited to share their knowledge of multiple design disciplines building opportunities for the attendees to upskill, ask questions, be mentored and work on portfolios and CVs.
The project ended on 7 August 2021 with a co-designed piece by the young people and RESOLVE collective to highlight and platform their voices.
Discover, Explore, Design - 1 May, 8 May, 15 May 2021
In the first three sessions, the group explored the role of design, the process, and discussed the main issues each young creative wanted to create solutions for. These sessions were led by RESOLVE collective and looked at the materiality of objects and the theme of care in society.
Design Workshops - 22 May, 29 May, 12 June, 19 June, 17 July
Standalone workshops to understand different design approaches to care and empathy with professionals from the fields of architecture, graphics, product and sustainability. The aim is to learn about how these designers use different design disciplines to solve specific issues as well as learn practical skills. Information on the guest designers can be found below.
Designing the solution - 26 June, 3 July, 10 July
Over the last three weeks, participants will co-design with RESOLVE collective to help bring their ideas to life. The final outcome will be a result of what the young creatives have learnt throughout the programme.
Final Showcase - 7 August
The group will spend a week refining their final design projects to be displayed to the public at the Design Museum.
In addition to the workshops, Ardagh Young Creatives are each paired with a mentor based on their interests, skills, and where they want to go in the future. They receive 1:1 mentoring throughout the programme where they can discuss their futures and creative projects.
Watch this space for updates and check out @ardaghyoungcreatives to see what they have been up to!
Leading the Ardagh Young Creatives programme are Akil and Seth, Directors at RESOLVE Collective, an interdisciplinary design collective that combines architecture, engineering, technology and art to address social challenges. They have delivered numerous projects, workshops, publications, and talks in the UK and Europe, all of which look toward realising just and equitable visions of change in our built environment. For RESOLVE, design carries more than aesthetic value; it is also a mechanism for political and socio-economic change.
Benni Allan is the founding director of EBBA Architects, an emerging architecture practice in London working across a wide range of sectors including the arts, culture, education and housing. Benni is also the creative director and co-founder of AORA, an online virtual space and members platform. Alongside practice, Benni is a Lecturer at the University of Greenwich, an Architecture Foundation Young Trustee and more recently was chosen to be on the Design Review Panel for Harrow.
Ella is a Material Designer based in London, creating work that crosses the realms of textiles, product, art and set design. Ella uses contextual research and material experiments intersected with artisan techniques to transform the raw into the refined. The design outcomes whether objects or experiences, narrate the crafting process, material research and explore themes of historical, social and cultural movements.
Fandangoe Kid is a London-based print artist who makes large-scale narrative-driven pieces for the public realm. She seeks to smash taboos around complex subject matters such as loss, trauma release, mental health and gender constructs. These important conversations find themselves in film (Into Your Light), posters, print, graphics, fashion (Marie Curie x NHS), radio shows (The Grief Mixtape), books (Tender Hearted Bold Moves) and staircases (Staircase of Dreams). She is an advocate for young people in particular to develop a collective narrative on daily activism.
Shawn Adams is a writer, lecturer and architectural designer. Currently teaching at Central St Martins (UAL), he is also a Trustee of the Museum of Architecture and sits on the Advisory Board of Open City’s Accelerate programme. Shawn has written for magazines that include Architects’ Journal, Wallpaper* and ICON and has been featured in The Guardian and Financial Times. He is also a co-founder of POoR which is a social enterprise that focuses on the development of communities through the elevation of young people.
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Illustration: Danny Sangra. Photos: Justine Trickett.