Amidst the mohawks and psychedelic shop fronts of London’s infamous Camden Town, the legendary Roundhouse boasts a rock’n’roll heritage stretching from Led Zepellin to Leftfield. But beneath the bright lights of the former engine repair shed is more than just a great live music venue. The Paul Hamlyn Studios, Young Creatives project gives young people the skills and knowledge to become the artists of tomorrow.
Every year over 3,000 11- to 25-year-olds sign up to projects which take place in state of the art media production facilities, band rehearsal rooms, radio studios and broadcast centre. Around 60% of the young people come from disadvantaged backgrounds, and some have been excluded from mainstream school. But with courses in film and theatre production, music, as well as circus, festival and live broadcasting production, the projects are nothing like school. Training is hands-on and focused, with top tutors giving practical knowledge to help each young person grow in confidence and move forward. All of the projects on offer have minimal costs attached but there’s financial support available – including help with project costs, transport and childcare.
The courses offer real experience – through working at festivals and shows, as well as the opportunity to become part of the Roundhouse Youth Advisory Board. Meeting once a month, the group of around 19 young people aged 16-25, come up with the ideas and projects to make a lasting positive impact at the Roundhouse. An amazing resource in the heart of London, the Young Creatives project develops skills and sparks change, helping to shape the next generation of creative talent.
Young Creatives is No.11 on the Best Atlas projects 2015. Find out what else made the list here.
Barbara O’Brien, Head of Youth Policy and Engagement, The Roundhouse