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KE Staff Awards 2022 Placemaking Award: Creative Futures 

A person in an art studio drawing on paper on a table
  • Written byYana Kasa
  • Published date 19 April 2023
A person in an art studio drawing on paper on a table
Image Credit: Emanuela Ogunji, BA (Hons) Fine Art, Chelsea College of Arts, UAL | Photography by Alys Tomlinson

Knowledge Exchange is how we work with external partners to create positive change in our society, economy and environment. The KE Staff Awards 2022 celebrated and made visible the diverse range of Knowledge Exchange practices at UAL.

The winner of the Placemaking Award is Creative Futures.

The Placemaking award recognises location-focused collaborative Knowledge Exchange initiatives that demonstrate the positive change that KE activity can achieve in local context.

Last year’s winner, Creative Futures aims to unleash the creative and entrepreneurial potential of residents in South London. The focus is on people aged 18-25 from under-represented groups within the creative industries, as a response to rising youth unemployment in the area.

The pandemic has contributed to an increase in gender, race and socio-economic inequalities in the creative industries. To challenge these issues, UAL partnered with Stride to extend the graduate incubation programme for South London residents. The 12-month programme targets young people who are informally engaged in creative activity as well as existing businesses.

UAL has a strong connection across Stride’s South London Boroughs through public and community engagement programmes, as well as within the wider creative industries. This includes connections with organisations OneTech, Livity, Horniman, Migration Museum and Africa Centre. These organisations work with the project steering group to target local communities for Creative Futures.

Creative Futures modules are delivered by UAL’s large pool of industry experts, who also provide professional mentoring support to participants.

Find out more about the winners of the KE Staff Awards 2022 (PDF 3.8MB).