Youth Collective 2018-2019 - Camden Art Centre

Youth Collective

29 September 2018 – 28 June 2019
Youth Collective: A youth programme for people aged 15-25

Youth Collective is a space for young people aged 15 – 25 to meet regularly and encounter the visual arts in an open and welcoming environment.

This is an opportunity to get involved behind the scenes at Camden Arts Centre and to gain skills and knowledge to help build a creative future. The Collective is led by artists Beverley Bennett and Fredrik Andersson (a.k.a. FreddeLanka) but it is largely shaped by personal interests.

Youth Collective takes place weekly during term time: We meet Saturday’s 2.30 – 5.00pm. No previous art making experience is necessary and there is no need to book. All materials are provided along with free food and drinks, so all you have to do is simply show up.

Talks & Events series
Alongside the Saturday sessions, we offer a Talks & Events series where you can learn about matters surrounding contemporary art and artistic production through a series of workshops, talks, interventions and screenings as a way of expanding professional development opportunities.

Youth Collective Residency – Applications now open!
A residency is where an artist uses a space for a period of time in order to make new work and develop new ideas with practical support. There are two opportunities for Youth Collective artists to have a residency here at Camden Arts Centre over the summer period. The residency will be based in the Drawing Studio and can be used for you to make new and exciting work, test out ideas and explore new materials and processes. This 6 week residency will allow you to develop your art practice and continue working on ideas that have developed from the Youth Collective sessions.

To read more and apply for the Youth Residency role please download the PDF below.

Supported by Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust, City Bridge Trust, The Finnis Scott Foundation and Tomart Foundation. We are grateful to John Lyons Charity and The Chapman Trust for their support for our Education programme.


Youth Collective Events: Make-Ready and The Printer's Hand

Wednesday 7 November
6.00 – 8.30pm

We invite print studio Make-Ready to share their skills in silkscreen printing, looking into the practical side as well as discussing its applications within the arts. Throughout the evening participants will create a series of unique silkscreen compositions that will consider authorship, studio culture, The Printer’s Hand, conceiving a print and how you might do this. This workshop will be informed by the mark-making processes within the current Amy Sillman exhibition.

Make-Ready print studio is run by Hugh Barrell and Thomas Murphy who provide services for a variety of contemporary artists and practitioners, ranging from consultancy and fabrication.

Youth Collective Events: Alternative Ways Of Being An Artist

Wednesday 10 October
6.00 – 8.30pm 

We invite artist Rosie Ridgway to share and discuss alternative ways of being an artist, with a focus on collaborative and participatory practice as a way of making art. The event will take the current Amy Sillman exhibition as a starting point to explore various modes of art-making through reinterpretation, performance and collective decision making. Throughout the evening participants will have the opportunity to create an improvised scene, enacting different roles using props and objects, to create a live soundtrack.

Rosie Ridgway is multidisciplinary artist and musician working with sound, performance, sculpture and costume. Ridgeway’s work deals with reinterpretation of cultural phenomena and the generation of alternative realities. Rosie’s practice often involves collaborative or participation in its making to produce humorous, absurdist narrative pieces.

Rosie Ridgway is a multidisciplinary artist working with music, performance, sculpture and costume. Since finishing her Art Degree at Goldsmiths, Rosie co-created the unaccredited M.A course School of The Damned which ran as a critical, self governing M.A in protest to the high tuition fees of the current education system and established Good Job, an artist-run space, which held exhibitions, artists talks and events and an independent record label. Rosie works also as performance practitioner at inclusive arts organisation Heart n Soul, working with musicians with learning disabilities, using digital music technology to create sound and music experiences.

Youth Collective Event: Art Cabaret

Wednesday 5 June, 6.00 – 8.30pm
Free, drop-in

Transforming the galleries into a stage for an Art Cabaret, this event will consider how art and performance can be used as a tool for self-expression. Taking the current exhibitions as a starting point, the evening will consider alternative forms of communication such as symbols, storytelling, dreams, images and freedom of voice to produce a new series of art works to be performed in the galleries.

Becca Thomas is an artist who uses symbolism and the everyday as material for paintings and spoken word performances to understand self and art.

Youth Collective Events: Sound as Art

Wednesday, 24 April
6.00 – 8.30pm

How to create unexpected sonic work and outcomes on the fly? We invite Chooc-Ly Tan to share her practice as a multi-disciplinary artist, music producer and DJ. During the evening we will explore the sonic potentials of objects, materials and digital devices, to create a more immersive and dynamic environment. The workshop will also consider the acoustic dimension of physical space as a means for artmaking. We will experiment with created and found vocals and sound, using them as samples, transforming and looping them, to create new alternate sonic realms.

Chooc-Ly Tan is a French-born Afro/Vietnamese/Cambodian artist, DJ, producer & lecturer in Fine Art (RCA) Chooc-Ly Tan’s practice sets out to investigate systems or tools that are used to understand the world. As an inquisitive and socio-politically engaged artist moving between interdisciplinary projects, Chooc-Ly works across moving images, installation, performance and sound.

Youth Collective Curates

Wednesday 17 – Sunday 28 April

Exhibition Launch:  Wednesday 17 April, 6.00 – 8.30pm

Youth Collective Curates represents the voices of the artists that attend Camden Arts Centre’s Youth Programme. Presenting a body of work that reflects themselves and their interests, this exhibition has been curated by Youth Collective artists and includes work made during the last six months.

List of artists: Adi, Christina, Hannah, Jermaine, Joseph, Kate, Kiara, Lucie, Mikaylia, Priscilla, Riah, Sam, Toby, Trishita.

Youth Collective Events: Rethinking Belonging

Wednesday, 13 March
6.00 – 8.30pm

We invite Consented Youth to challenge and question what it means to ‘belong’ in contemporary society. The event will take the current exhibition Crone Music as a starting point which explores friendship, feeling, empathy and solidarity as tools for individual and collective agency. During the evening we will use critical debate, as well as practical activities, to consider ideas around art, race, and identity.

Consented Youth is an educational project running weekly seminars within schools in East and South London aimed at readying students for university, fostering critical thinking and creating a space for students to explore complex ideas. Consented Youth also co-organize an annual summer school with Hacking Education aimed at exploring ideas about race, racism & resistance.

Youth Collective Events: Ways of creating political art

Wednesday 6 February
6.00 – 8.30pm, Artists’ Studio

We invite artist and activist Liv Wynter to share their art practice and discuss ways of disrupting space through voice, action and radical transformations. The event will take the current Beatrice Gibson exhibition as a starting point to think about creating a platform for voices to be heard. Throughout the evening participants will have the opportunity to learn about different ways of working with words, personal and political content to create what can be considered art.

Liv is a queer working-class female artist using an anarchic exploration of language, live performance, and text based practice to create unique forms of storytelling. These are used to create discussions around class, sexuality, gender, recovery from violent relationships and rebuilding yourself post trauma. Liv’s work is socially and politically demanding, holding both the artist and the audience accountable. Liv’s work demonstrates a fluidity which allows moving from established art institutions to youth clubs, community centres, protests, all the way to museums with the same committed conviction.

Liv Wynter (1992) is an artist, educator, activist and writer from South London. They graduated from BA Fine Art at Goldsmiths in 2015 and has since become a notable voice within the political art scene. They have been Artist in Residence at Tate Britain and Tate Modern on the Education Programme and Artist Facilitator with Indigo Youth at Hackney Museum. They recently led a group show at David Roberts Art Foundation and completed an arts council funded residency at The Royal Standard, Liverpool in 2016. Liv is a founding member of WHEREISANAMENDIETA and stands in solidarity with Sisters Uncut, London Anti Raids, Action for Trans Health and any other grassroots organisation fighting austerity and oppression. They are also in queer feminist punk band Militant Girlfriend.

Youth Collective Events: What is the role of a Curator?

Wednesday 5 December
6.00 – 8.30pm

Join Andy Wicks, Director of Castor Projects, and Camden Arts Centre’s Exhibitions Curator Sophie Williamson, for an evening discussion focusing on curating exhibitions, projects and career pathways. This talk will highlight working practices within commercial and public institutions, research strands and audiences, in addition to sharing their favourite parts of the job, alongside inspirations and challenges.

Andy Wicks runs London based gallery Castor Projects, which opened its first permanent space in January 2016. Castor Projects focuses on enabling ambitious and site responsive exhibitions with emerging and interdisciplinary artists. Having originally trained and practiced as an artist, Wicks spent a number of years as an installer and fabricator for London galleries before opening his own space. He also sits on the board of Trustees at the Florence Trust, a long established Arts charity offering year long studio based residencies and mentoring from a Grade-1 listed neo-Gothic church in North London.

Sophie Williamson is currently Exhibitions Curator at Camden Arts Centre, she has realised ambitious exhibitions with international artists, including: Kara Walker, Moyra Davey, Glenn Ligon, Ben Rivers and Geta Brătescu as well as commissioning major new works by artists such as Ruth Ewan, Nina Canell, Emma Hart, Florian Roithmayr and Jennifer Tee, among others. Williamson was the inaugural Gasworks Curatorial Research Fellow in 2016 through which she has built a body of research on cultural translation and molecular curation. Her writing has appeared in Frieze, Art Monthly and Aesthetica, as well as exhibition publications and journals.