Collage Arts

Collage Arts

Collage Arts is a leading arts development, training and creative regeneration charity based in heart of Haringey’s Cultural Quarter.  For over 30 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.

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.

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.

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 recruiting for 2019 Saturday performing arts programme for 8 to 18 year olds at Karamel/McQueens Theatre and Schools Outreach programme.

Collage Works (18-30s) 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:

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. 

For the last 7 years, we offered CREATIVE APPRENTICESHIPS in conjunction with businesses based at the Chocolate Factory. Young people aged 16-24 had the opportunity to work and study simultaneously, earning a wage whilst studying towards a Advanced Diploma in Creative and Digital Media.  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. Funded by the Education Skills Funding Agency and delivered in partnership with Wandsworth Lifelong Learning.

Collage Global – collaborating, exchanging and sharing – Collage Arts regularly works with international partners for creative exchanges, non-formal learning models and sharing of practice.  Currently, we are the lead partner of the CREUS partnership, looking 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,    engage in purposeful research and dialogue, exchanging philosophies and practice, developing innovative learning models and materials for trainers and mentors, strengthening the creative and cultural industries across Europe.  The project is funded by EU Erasmus+ programme via Ecorys UK National Agency.  Recently launched, Collage is in the HIT partnership looking at strategies to support young people who experience hate crime online through the development of Hate Interruption Teams.  Funded by EU Rights, Equalities and Citizenship programme.

Collage Arts gratefully acknowledge the financial support of Big Issue Invest for providing working capital and financing solutions to assist in the running of the organisation.