Published on October 30, 2012 | by Billie-Jade Thomas

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Creativity in the City

Aneeka works on her project

Creativity in the city inspires young artists [Oliver Creamer]

An art and design event, part organised by Camberwell College of the Arts alumnus Aneeka Makwana, was held at the Victoria and Albert museum on November 2.

Creativity in the City, which is part of the V&A’s Late Opening programme, showcased how designers and artists use London as a “place of inspiration”.

The event invited art and design enthusiasts aged 16-24 to participate in an interactive evening of talks, workshops and demonstrations from designers selected by CreateVoice, the V&A’s youth collective.

As a member of CreativeVoice, BA Graphic Design graduate Makwana, who has designed all of the promotional material for the event, took part in workshops with visitors.

Fresh Ideas

Talking to Arts London News about the event, she said: “We wanted to draw young people to the museum by encouraging audience participation.

“Instead of just watching and listening, visitors [were] given the opportunity to be creative and work with some great artists who already work within the industry.

“Being given the chance to part-organise an event at the V&A has been amazing, especially since I am a huge fan of the museum and have been visiting since I was ten years old”, Makwana commented.

Filipa De Sousa, assistant programme manager for the V&A, also emphasised the importance of young people to the museum’s future:

“Although lots of young people are now deciding not to attend university because of funding issues, they can still use the V&A for an ‘informal education’” Filipa De Sousa

“Young people bring fresh ideas to the museum. Their input as future visitors is really important to us and by inviting them to take part in events such as this we give them the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge.

“Although lots of young people are now deciding not to attend university because of funding issues, they can still use the V&A for an ‘informal education’”, she said.

 

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