Learning Writing Workshop

Ardagh Young Creatives x Joly Licks

Are you aged 14 – 25 and curious about writing, poetry, spoken word, and fashion, costume or personal style? Come along to our exciting fashion and writing workshop with poet, performer and producer Joly Licks.

What to expect

Starting in our current exhibition, 'REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion', Joly Licks will take participants through three exercises to explore words and how they become poerty or slogans. Express your voice inspired by the dazzling clothes and fascinating people behind them.

This workshop will give all participants the chance to celebrate personal style, discuss dream costumes and embroider their own clothes (or fabric samples) with their own REBEL slogan. Reducing our impact on the climate is important, so if you have an item of clothing you’d like to work with, please bring it along to give it a new life.

This event is open to all 14 – 25 year olds who feel underrepresented in the design and creative worlds including those who have a disability or neurodivergence, are young carers (or have been), are care experienced (or have been), those accessing free school meals or pupil premium (or have in the past), and people of colour.

• No experience needed.

• All materials will be provided for the duration of the session, but if you have a favourite notebook and pen, please bring them to the session.

• The workshop includes a visit to our 'REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion' exhibition on the same day following the museum's opening hours.

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Booking information

This event is free of charge, but you must book in advance.

• Your event ticket will also offer you same-day complimentary entry to REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion.

• Please arrive 10 minutes before the event starts. We can't wait to welcome you.

• Can't make it? Spaces are limited. Please inform the team if you have booked a ticket but won't be able to attend via learning@designmuseum.org


Fausta Joly (Joly Licks)

Joly is a poet, writer, performer and founder of Joly Licks, advocating that "Creativity is a Guarantee of Sanity!”. She produces Fervor Festival – a blaze of Spoken Word, Cabaret, Drag and Music showcasing multi-disciplinary artists, and Coven Jazz Nights – celebrating female and non-binary jazz artists, as well as co-hosting the esteemed spoken word night, Hackney Hammer & Tongue. Joly’s playful poetry workshops for all levels ignite joy and empathy. Visit @jolylicks

The exhibition

REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion

Sponsored by Alexander McQueen. How does London repeatedly set the creative agenda? Find out in this major exhibition celebrating the city's leading role in global fashion. In collaboration with the British Fashion Council (BFC), it celebrates the 30th anniversary of the BFC’s NEWGEN programme.

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Ardagh Young Creatives

Ardagh Young Creatives is a programme that supports young people who are underrepresented to build pathways into design. AYC aims to break down barriers through practical learning, tangible resources, skills development and mentoring. By fostering inclusive participation, it empowers young creatives to envision and shape a more equitable future inspired by the value of design to drive positive change.

Background image: REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion exhibition photographed by Andy Stagg © the Design Museum.