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LCF Outreach work with Brooke House Sixth Form College in east London

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  • Written byLondon College of Fashion
  • Published date 13 October 2022
Two students with postit notes on their bodies
Fashion Futures Outreach Project with BSIX College, Hackney 2022. Photography by Sarah May, UAL.

UAL Insights is the University’s outreach programme which offers young people access to our Colleges for creative activities and pre-university advice and guidance. The Outreach team at LCF, UAL work with selected schools, colleges and adult education organisations to develop awareness of art and design programmes and provide opportunities to improve attainment. This term, Outreach have been working with Brooke House Sixth Form College (BSix) in London Borough of Hackney, east London. It provides vocational and academic 16 to 19 study programmes for around 1,200 students.

A key part of the study programmes at BSix is an enrichment activity. This programme aims to provide students with new skills in an area that may be outside of their chosen pathway that will help increase their confidence and wellbeing whilst at College. Students can choose from three categories:

  • Academic and Creative
  • Outdoor Pursuits and Volunteering
  • Competitive Sports and Fitness Exercise
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Fashion Futures Outreach Project with BSIX College, Hackney 2022. Photography by Sarah May, UAL.

During the academic year 2021/22, Sarah May, an Associate Lecturer at LCF and Tutor on the Outreach programme, Insights, delivered ‘Fashion Futures’, a weekly workshop within the Academic and Creative category. The course explored fashion cultures and the language of clothing to express identity, community and challenge injustice. 21 students took part in weekly workshops exploring fashion illustration, printing, textiles, styling, sewing and photography. Lucy Capes, Academic and Creative Enrichment Coordinator manages the programmes and said:

"LCF Lecturer, Sarah, has had a direct impact on a number of the young people’s hopes, mental health, careers and decision making. Several students had never had access to the arts before Fashion Futures. Her work means a great deal to us here at BSix, both students and colleagues alike".

At LCF, fashion as a discipline is one that can drive change and help us improve the way we live. A key theme throughout the ‘Fashion Futures’ programme is sustainability and using fashion to create a space where students can consider the world they live in and what they want the future to look like. The programme ran during the Autumn and Spring terms and the final outcome was a zine showcasing the work that students produced throughout the year.

"Working at BSix has been such a rewarding experience. The student’s engagement and collaborative spirit has been something wonderful to be part of. The students have taught me many things and I am inspired by their warmth, determination and brilliants ideas about the future of fashion". - Sarah, LCF Associate Lecturer

LCF look forward to continuing to deliver this programme with staff and students at BSix.

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Fashion Futures Outreach Project with BSIX College, Hackney 2022. Photography by Sarah May, UAL.