Collage Arts is a leading arts development, training and creative regeneration charity based in heart of Haringey’s Cultural Quarter. For over 35 years, the organisation has created opportunities for greater access and participation in the arts and creative industries for the whole community through a range of skills and enterprise programmes, support services, arts development and heritage projects, facilities and resources.
We seek to provide greater access and support to under-represented sections of the community including: economically inactive young people, black and minority ethnic communities, women, people with disabilities, young people leaving care, LGBT communities and ex-offenders, by offering skills, experience and opportunities in creative and digital media, film, music, photography, performing arts and visual arts, which can lead onto better career progression routes in further and higher education, employment and entrepreneurship.
During C-19, our face-to-face services have paused temporarily and will resume once government guidance has been provided. The buildings (known locally as Collage Artspaces) remain open for artists and creatives to work in their studios in accordance with social distancing guidelines. The Collage Works, Voices and Writing Room services continue to operate remotely via online systems.
Collage Presents – events, exhibitions and festivals – Collage Arts provide a platform for local emerging and established artists, musicians, creative businesses, film-makers, writers and designers through regular events like: Open Studios, Shopfront Studios, Collage Writing Room Live, Jazz, Poetry and Spoken Word, Kids, Family Fun Day, Community Festivals, showcases, exhibitions, conferences and other creative events. The Collage Arts supported events and festivals will resume when lockdown measures have been lifted fully and in line with government guidance on public gatherings.
Collage Artspaces – artists, buildings and studios – As part of our commitment to cultural regeneration, Collage Arts has developed five buildings, Artspace 1 & 2, Artspace 3, 4 and 5 for the artistic and making community providing affordable studio spaces and community access (previously known as Chocolate Factory 1 & 2). Collage Arts vision for the Chocolate Factories aka Collage Artspaces 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 four derelict or unusable buildings, a community of over 250 artists and creative businesses has been established, based in the heart of the Cultural Quarter, 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. The profiles of some of our artists and creatives are featured on the N22 open studios website.
Collage Voices (8-18s) – engaging, learning and supporting – As part of our commitment to education and social inclusion, over the past 25 years we have established a range of young people’s activities and projects, both accredited and non-accredited creative learning opportunities in performance, music, film and media, music business and digital technology. Currently supporting young participants remotely who are part of the Saturday performing arts, digital tech and creative writing programme for 8 to 18 year olds which usually runs out from Karamel/McQueens Theatre and a Schools Outreach programme.
Collage Works (18+) – skills, employment and enterprise – Over the past 25 years, Collage Arts have led on a range of skills and employability programmes funded by local authorities, government and transnational funders.
Currently recruiting for: CREATIVE CALLINGS – this project is for Tottenham based creative enterprises who wish to grow their personnel’s skills and support access routes into the creative industries for young people.
Last year, we ran:
CREATING SOMETHING FOR YOUNG LONDONERS – a series of 6 to 12-week courses with wraparound support in creative and digital media encompassing animation, social media and marketing, live music and events to film production, radio and immersive theatre, in partnership with Bauer Media and Playback Studios. Collage Arts are responsible for delivery in North London and developing a non-formal approach using creativity as the tool to enable change. The programme helps to develop tangible skills and better careers/ opportunities for people aged 16 to 30, who are out of work, unemployed or economically inactive or low waged. Supported by JPMorgan Chase Foundation.
CREATE YOUR FUTURE – building better employment opportunities for women of all ages from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities (BAME) living in Haringey, Enfield, who are economically inactive or long term unemployed. The project helps to overcome the challenges getting into work, launching a business, or further/higher education. It also develops confidence and transferable skills, provides careers guidance, builds networks and links with employers, including paid work opportunities. Run in partnership with Community Links, co-financed by Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund.
THEY CAME BEFORE US – Heritage project profiling visual stories of BAME women who were instrumental in the history of London and the UK from Tudor times to current day, culminating in touring exhibition and archive of materials. Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund.
Collage Global – collaborating, exchanging and sharing – Collage Arts regularly works with international partners for creative exchanges, non-formal learning models and sharing of practice. We have just completed the CREUS project, which looked at meaningful non-formal learning and mentoring for young people in the creative and cultural industries taking place in unconventional spaces. The partnership of organisations from London UK, Rome Italy, Arnhem Netherlands, Larissa Greece, and Nicosia Cyprus, engaged in purposeful research and dialogue, exchanging philosophies and practice, developed innovative learning models and materials for trainers and mentors, thereby strengthening the creative and cultural industries across Europe. The project is funded by EU Erasmus+ programme via Ecorys UK National Agency.
Launched last year, Collage Arts is part of the HIT project partnership looking at innovative tools, strategies and creative campaigning to support young people, migrants and minorities who have experienced hate crime online and offline through the development of 14-19s Hate Interruption Teams. Funded by EU Rights, Equalities and Citizenship programme.
Collage Arts gratefully acknowledge the continued financial support of Big Issue Invest for providing working capital and financing solutions to assist in the smooth running of the organisation.