Collage Arts

Collage Arts

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 three buildings, Chocolate Factory 1, 2 and 3, 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 three derelict and unusable buildings, a community of over 220 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.

Over the past 5 years, we have offered 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.

MAKING CREATIVITY WORK launched on 1st June 2017.  A series of 12-week courses in creative areas encompassing animation, social media and marketing, live music and events to creative urban regeneration, film production, radio and immersive theatre events, in association with Bauer Media, with ongoing wraparound support.  Collage Arts are responsible for delivering in North London and a non-formal approach using creativity is used as the tool to enable change. The programme helps to develop tangible skills and better careers/opportunities for people aged 19 years or more, who are out of work, unemployed or economically inactive.  Funded by the Skill Funding Agency and European Social Fund,

CREATE YOUR FUTURE is building better employment opportunities with women from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities (BAME) living in Haringey and Enfield, who are over 16 and economically inactive or long term unemployed.   The training helps to overcome challenges getting into work, education or launching a business. It also develops confidence and transferable skills, provides careers guidance and builds links with employers, including paid work opportunities.  Run in association with Community Links, the project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund/European Social Fund.

European and Networks

Collage Arts is the lead partner of the Talent Matching project, to look at meaningful mentoring for young people in the creative and cultural industries.  The partner of organisations from London UK, Rome Italy, Zabrze Poland, Rijeka Croatia, and Skopye Macedonia, engages in purposeful research and dialogue, exchanging philosophies and practice, developing learning models and materials, strengthening the creative and cultural industries across Europe.  The project is funded by EU Erasmus+ programme via Ecorys UK National Agency.

Collage Arts has recently launched an new international venture, CREUS,  to strengthen creative non-formal learning and is supported by Erasmus+.  With six other european partners, we will be developing innovative models for trainers in the creative arts using unconventional spaces, and building on the work of our previous European projects.

Collage Arts gratefully acknowledge the financial support of Big Issue Invest for providing a working capital to assist in the running of our programmes.