Suitable for 14+ year olds Free event

Young Creatives Takeover Event

Take part in a day of free design-led events hosted by Young Creatives.

What to expect

Through a year long project exploring the theme of Design +Community, this group of Young Creatives will host a day of free workshops, talks and an exhibition of their work responding to the theme.

Young Creatives invite the public to engage in conversations, making activities and to meet with designers to think about the role of design in, and for, communities.

The day includes opportunities for the public to take part in making rope jewellery, casting objects using jesmonite, producing Risograph prints and meeting today’s designers working to create change at local level.


Dates and time
Exhibition: 13:00 – 16:00. FREE, drop-in
Drop-in Workshops: 13:00 – 16:00. FREE, drop-in
Industry Insights Talk: 14:00 – 15:00. FREE, bookable

Event type

1. Drop in Creative making workshops
Common Room
Terrazzo Jesmonite Bead Casting
Rope Jewellery

Creative Workshop
Riso Printing
Table Tennis

2. Design + Community Exhibition
1st Floor Mezzanine
Market Pavilion
Badge Making
An exhibition of work by the Young Creatives group

3.Industry Insights Talk
Library Reception

Common Room
Jesmonite Workshop
Create large Jesmonite Beads with Designer and Young Creatives Curator Haidée Drew. Assemble your mould, choose your terrazzo cast and string your beads.

Rope Jewellery
Make Rope Jewellery with RCA trained jeweller Eleanor Bolton. In this drop-in session you will learn to use stitching, knotting and textile techniques to create colourful tactile jewellery.

Creative Workshop
Riso Workshop
Join Designer Netta Peltola for a hands-on creative Riso workshop, cut, paste and layer your designs to create a mini zine that opens up into a poster.

1st Floor Mezzanine
Young Creatives Exhibition
This year’s Young Creatives present their creative journey through design, making and experimentation with the assistance of leading industry practitioners Matt Raw, Ying Chang and Sebastian Kite. Discover how they approached this year’s brief Design + Community to re-vitalise, navigate and bring the community together through design.

Market Pavilion and Badge Making
Join the Young Creatives to design and make your own badge. Make a statement or create a design inspired by community and the Young Creatives exhibition.

Industry Insights Talk

What to expect

Join an exciting group of creatives to talk about their practice, careers and how they use design to collaborate with their communities to shape the future.

Through short, snappy presentations you’ll be able to gain insights into the professional lives of the speakers, the power of collaboration and bringing positive change within local communities through design. Learn how to succeed as young designers, share your thoughts, and have your questions answered during this informal and insightful discussion.

14:00 – 15:00. FREE, bookable

Location: Library reception

Suitable for 14 years and above.


Eleanor Bolton

Eleanor Bolton is an RCA trained jewellery designer who predominantly uses stitch, knotting and textile techniques to create colourful tactile jewellery.

Haidée Drew

Haidée Drew is a designer and educator with a background in contemporary craft, trained in Metalwork at the RCA. Her Objects promote playful participation while subtly addressing function through sculptural aesthetics.

Desmond Lim

Desmond Lim is an industrial designer specialising in the use of casted materials in furniture and homeware products. Applying an experimental approach, he explores how materials and technology can influence form, function and aesthetic in both 2D and 3D mediums of design.

Netta Peltola

Netta Peltola is a Creative designer specialising in Graphic Design, Art Direction, exhibitions and public Art. She has worked alongside the Young Creatives to design this year’s publication.


Hester Buck

Hester Buck graduated in 2016 from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Architecture. Her projects address our relationship to landscape and nature within urban public space. She explores the role of green spaces projects as a tool to actively engage the wider public in discussions around socio-political issues within the urban realm.

Mark Martin

Mark Martin aka @Urban_Teacher is recognised around the world for his insight and passion for technology and learning. Having taught ICT for over ten years, Mark has since founded UKBlackTech, to increase cultural diversity in the UK technology industry and to inspire young people from a range of backgrounds to pursue careers in technology.


RESOLVE is an interdisciplinary design collective that combines architecture, engineering, technology and art to address social challenges. Collaboration and co-production is a critical part of our ethos.

Amrita Dhallu

Amrita Dhallu is a curator working across London and Birmingham. Her work focuses on providing support structures for emerging British artists of Black and Asian descent, through commissioning, creating networks and establishing intergenerational learning spaces. She currently holds the position of Curatorial Assistant: Commissions at Chisenhale Gallery, London. She is also the lead artist of the 2018-19 Camden Arts Centre PEER FORUM.

Mak Gilchrist

Mak Gilchrist FRSA founded The Edible Bus Stop (EBS) in 2011. She curates the EBS projects and is integral in bringing each of the schemes to life, She consults on the hard and soft landscaping, co-produces the builds and leads on community engagements and social media communications. Her focus is on the encouragement of positive social interaction and biodiversity in cities.


About Young Creatives

Young Creatives is a programme of workshops and talks for14-19 years. The programme offers the opportunity for young people to meet and work alongside designers on projects and develop their creative thinking. No experience of design is needed to take part and it’s free to join.