Local Creatives Come Together To Support Creative Education


Three local arts organisations have joined forces to help young people studying in Havering to learn more about creative career options. The online project ‘Compose’ is for students aged 14 – 19 in the area who love creative subjects but are worried about future career options.

The Compose webpage showcases successful local creatives who have studied in the area and have gone on to get professional jobs in diverse workplaces, including schools, architecture firms and in the film industry and they all say that it is their creative education that made them stand out to employers.

Kirsty Packer a local creative who works as a Technician in a London private school began the campaign after noticing that students and parents were becoming less keen to take a creative subject:

Bobby Sayers currently makes artwork between The Netherlands and Romford.

“During the pandemic, some creative freelance careers such as jobs in theatres have not been supported as much as they should have been, and this has been a core message in the media. In turn this has really affected how our students are choosing their career paths. We are now worried that we might lose our next generation of creatives when actually creative education is really important in all industries – as well as mainstream arts for our culture and wellbeing”.

Hannah Davis creates magical landscapes in her photography

The project will also see a symposium in April for students to ask local professionals their questions about the creative industries, participating speakers include local architect Georgia Trower, photographer Hannah Davis and international artist Bobby Sayers who all grew up and studied in Havering and local Film Maker Chris Brake who has recently won 19 awards in the past year with his short film ‘Cactus boy’.

The Director of Short Film Cactus Boy, Chris Brake will be answering questions about his success at the April symposium.

The webpage also includes some ‘boredom busting’ competitions to see students to the end of lockdown restrictions that showcase creative industries that have performed well during lockdown – for example film making, architecture and game design. All competitions are for ages 14 – 19 and are free for students studying in Havering to take part in. There are also prizes to win including a TV Roku TV stick, an architectural drawing set and much more. The prizes have kindly been donated from from The Mercury’s essential stores to promote the campaign.

Stephen Timms is the Graphic Designer behind the childrens book ‘Cream of The Crop and The Garden Shop’

The programme started this week as part of National Careers Week and will continue until the end of the Easter Holidays, with new content being added to the webpage regularly. The project has been designed by local arts organisations Bluerskies Creatives, The Appleby Gallery and The NO Collective in collaboration.

If you are, or know a creative young person that would like to know more – please visit:

www.nocollective.co.uk/compose

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