Creative Quarter runs once a year at the V&A, providing secondary students aged 13-19 a free opportunity to learn from artists, designers, performers and theatre practitioners, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Run in collaboration with Discover South Kensington, a registered charity which “brings together the leading cultural and educational organisations in South Kensington”, the event encourages secondary students to pursue a creative career path through workshops, talks and creative demonstrations.
The students exhibiting included; Camelia Di-Maccio, BA (Hons) Fashion Accessory Design, Alannah Masters, BA (Hons) Graphic Design, Daisy Dingley, BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion and Maisie Buck, BA (Hons) Digital Film Production.
The projects exhibited included Masie’s short film ‘Walk of Shame’, a commentary on misogyny and the objectification of women which was recently included in Arts Council’s ‘First Acts’ series, celebrating the work of 16-24 year old filmmakers.
Rebecca Barton, Fashion Design Tutor at Ravensbourne also attended the event to help review student portfolios and offer advice.
Commenting, Daisy said: “It was a real honour to be able to display my work at the V&A, one of London’s largest and most highly regarded art and design institutions. I have been lucky enough to pursue my ambition of studying fashion, at an institution which encourages students to gain practical experience and get out into industry as soon as possible. I hope the students visiting Creative Quarter left feeling that following their artistic goals was a valid and worthwhile pursuit.”
Cara Williams, Schools Programme Manager at the V&A added: “Creative Quarter is the V&A's flagship event for Secondary Schools and Colleges. The aim is to give young people an opportunity to find out about career pathways into the creative industries. We invite high profile designers and specialists from across industry to take part. This year included Arup, Pinewood Studios, Ustwo Games, Punchdrunk among many others. We were also delighted to have students from leading higher education institutions, including Ravensbourne, take part as well to showcase their work and courses and offer advice to the school students about studying a creative subject. The four students and tutor from Ravensbourne showed the fantastic range of courses that the institution offers, from fashion to film and graphic design. It was fantastic to have such a high calibre institution take part in the day.”