Collage Arts is a leading arts development, training and creative regeneration charity based in the Haringey Cultural Quarter. For over 30 years, the organisation has created opportunities for greater participation in the arts and creative industries for the whole community through a range of learning programmes, enterprise and support services, facilities and resources.
We seek to provide greater access and support to under-represented sections of the community including: black and minority ethnic communities, women, people with disabilities, young people leaving care and ex-offenders, by offering skills, experience and opportunities in music. media, film, photography, performing arts and visual arts, which can lead onto progression routes in further and higher education, employment and entrepreneurship.
Events and Exhibitions
Collage Arts provide a platform for local established and emerging artists, musicians, creative businesses, film makers, writers and designers through regular events like: the Chocolate Factory N22 Open Studios, Karamel Music Club, Haringey Literature Live, Community Festivals, showcases, exhibitions, conferences and other creative events.
Buildings and Studios
As part of our commitment to cultural regeneration, Collage Arts has developed two buildings, Chocolate Factory 1 & 2, for the artistic community providing affordable studio spaces.
Collage Arts vision for the Chocolate Factory complex has been the creation of a vibrant centre in the creative industries where people from all social backgrounds can participate and for this to be the key catalyst within the development of the Wood Green Cultural Quarter. From two derelict and unusable buildings, a community of over 200 artists and creative businesses has been established, based in the heart of the Cultural Quarter. This is a thriving hub of creative talent and excellence producing a diverse mix of artforms including visual arts and design, music, film and technological innovation in varying forms.
Learning, Social Inclusion and Employability
As part of our commitment to education and social inclusion, over the past 25 years we have established a range of youth programmes, both accredited and non-accredited creative learning courses in music (business and production), performance, film and media leading to opportunities in the creative industries and other sectors.
Currently, we offer CREATIVE APPRENTICESHIPS in conjunction with businesses based at the Chocolate Factory. Young people have the opportunity to work and study simultaneously, earning a wage whilst studying towards a Diploma Level 3 in Creative and Digital Media (accredited by Pearsons/EdExcel awarding body). This programme is available free for young people aged 16 to 18 years old and part-subsidised for 19+ and acts as a vocational route into the creative industries and a non-traditional route into Higher Education. This programme is funded by the Skills Funding Agency and delivered in partnership with Wandsworth Lifelong Learning.
TALENT MATCH LONDON launched on 22nd January 2014 is 5-year programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund with lead partner, London Youth. Collage Arts are responsible for leading the delivery partnership in North London (Haringey, Enfield and Waltham Forest). The programme is innovative and youth-focussed and uses a youth-work approach to tackling long-term youth unemployment.
The programme is supported by the Big Lottery Fund.
European and Networks
Collage Arts is the lead partner of the European Cultural Learning Network (ECLN), founded by 12 organisations representing 10 European countries. ECLN connects European organisations that informally educate people in and through creative activities. This peer network is engaged in purposeful research and dialogue, exchanging philosophies and practice, creating and harnessing synergies, and strengthening the creative and cultural industries in the UK and Europe. The network is funded by the EU Leonardo Lifelong Learning Programme.
Collage Arts is also leading an international venture for trainers in the cultural and creative industries, supported by Leonardo da Vinci programme – Aspire2Create – transferring an innovative competency framework for trainers in creative arts, developed previously on the Euro-Aspire project.
Collage Arts gratefully acknowledge the financial support of Big Issue Invest for providing a working capital to assist in the running of our programmes.