Learning Programme Ardagh Young Creatives

Ardagh Young Creatives 2024

A programme for young people that aims to lower and lessen barriers to accessing the creative industries, inspire the power of design and support with resources for the future – whatever that may be.

Young people can get involved in these ways:

• Apply to take part in our AYC Annual Programme (open to ages 14 – 16)

• Join our creative workshops throughout the year (open to ages 14 – 25)

• Attend our mentoring networking meet ups or speed mentoring (open to ages 14 – 25)

• Apply to join our Youth Board (open to ages 18 – 25)

Discover more details below.

Ardagh Young Creatives Programme (ages 14 – 16)

A yearly programme for young people to create pathways into design.

A group of up to 17 young people are selected to work together with guest designers to learn about the world of design and designers. Through workshops, mentorship sessions and hands-on activities, the group explores the design process and work on developing a collective project which is showcased at the museum.  

What will participants get out of it: 

– Understand pathways into creative careers  

– Develop digital and hands-on skills  

– Work to a design brief  

– Co-create a group project with industry professionals  

– Meet other young people  

– Add to their CV and portfolio  

– Learn employability skills and receive guidance from professional mentors  

Please note:
This programme is free. Lunch and travel costs are covered.
This year’s programme will happen from July to November 2024. 

How to apply:
Apply via the link below until Monday 1 July 2024, 17:00.

Ardagh Young Creatives. Photos by Justine Tricket

Youth Board (ages 18 – 25)

How can cultural spaces truly advocate for young people wanting a career in creativity? Who do we represent and how?  

We are looking for 5 members to be part of a Youth Board to help create a better offer for young voices in cultural institutions. The board will be led by professional designers and key staff members.    

We’re looking for people who:

– Want to be part of platforming young people’s voices 

– Care about accessibility, inclusion and representation 

– Are interested in and curious about creativity, cultural spaces and design 

– Identify with a marginalised group, or feel underrepresented in design 

What will participants get out of it? 

– Learn from designers and facilitators with a broad range of specialties and experience 

– Develop skills in research, collaboration and public speaking

– Learn how to explore a question using research methods 

– Learn how to communicate effectively using text and images 

– Gain access to the museum’s current exhibitions and key staff

– Enjoy opportunities for collaboration and co-design   – Have their voice truly and respectfully heard 

Other requests led by youth board will be considered within the means of the duration.    

Please note:
No prior experience, or knowledge of design necessary. 
This is a paid opportunity. Light refreshments are provided during the sessions. 

Applications are now closed.

Speed Networking  (ages 14 – 25)

Our networking and mentorship events are a great opportunity for young people to meet other engaged creatives and industry professionals and ask them questions.  We proudly partner with Design Can.

What will participants get out of it: 

Attendees will meet and learn from professional designers, better understand and challenge preconceptions of what creatives do and who they are. These events allow young people to learn more about routes to get into a creative career, build conversation and networking skills, enjoy soft drinks, and play games.  

Please note:
The upcoming event will take place on Saturday, 6 July 2024, from 11:00 to 15:00. Entry is free , but pre-booking is needed via the link below. Light refreshments will be provided .

Another future event is planned for December, and a booking link will be added to this page closer to the date. Stay tuned!

Workshops (ages 14 – 25)

Our Ardagh Young Creatives workshops give young people the opportunity to learn new skills directly from professional designers to discover more about their roles in the industry, useful skills for the workplace, and tips for their portfolio and CV.  

Open to all young people to get involved, these workshops are related to the museum’s exhibitions and highlight key design skills.

Past events have included digital 3d modelling for the fashion industry with Stephy Fung and looking at the future of furniture with the Resolve Collective.

Please keep an eye on the website for future events.

Stay in touch

See what we've been up to online:

Follow @ardaghyoungcreatives


Have any questions?

Contact the team via youngcreatives@designmuseum.org

Keep an eye on this page for other future events.

Ardagh​​ Group is a global supplier of sustainable, infinitely recyclable, metal and glass packaging for brand owners around the world. Ardagh operates 62 metal and glass production facilities in 16 countries, employing approximately 20,000 people with sales of approximately $9.4bn. Ardagh supports high-quality Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education globally.

Previous years

Ardagh Young Creatives 2023

Discover more about our third Ardagh Young Creatives, 2023 cohort.

Ardagh Young Creatives 2022

Discover more about our second Ardagh Young Creatives, 2022 cohort.

Ardagh Young Creatives 2021

Discover more about our first ever Ardagh Young Creatives cohort back in 2021.

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Grazie Enzo: Contemporary Responses to Enzo Mari

Accompanying the retrospective exhibition 'Enzo Mari Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Francesca Giacomelli', this free display showcases the work of 14 London-based designers, studios and collectives whose practices share an affinity with Enzo Mari's.

The display features 'Furniture from Breaking the Façade', 2021, designed by Ardagh Young Creatives (Studio Crypt) in collaboration with RESOLVE Collective.

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Background image by Justine Trickett.