Transformative Futures - Camden Art Centre

A free weekly collective for young people to think, discuss and create together.

Transformative Futures is a series of free artist-led workshops for people aged 15-25 that offers an opportunity to learn new skills and approaches to art-making.

Led by artists Becky Lyon and Adam Moore this year’s workshops will be hosted in Camden Art Centre’s Drawing Studio and run weekly until June 2023. The artists will guide the group through different ideas, themes and provocations exploring a range of current themes, concepts and techniques. Each session is designed to allow participants to develop new skills, learn about the art world and use their passions and interests through making.

Sessions so far have included investigations into the ancient human history of clay, exploring the natural environment from more-than-human perspectives and have touched on references from Ursula K Le Guin, Xunzi’s theory of ritual and Black Quantum Futurist texts.

Working with a range of techniques including drawing, ceramics, performance there is a focus on process rather than presentation and allowing participants to experiment in a supportive peer environment. The collective will grow throughout the year and work towards a weekend takeover of Camden Art Centre in June 2023 which will be co-produced by the participants and the artist leads.

The shifting landscape of modern life continues to affect lives and livelihoods globally with young people often underrepresented in the conversations and decision making processes that shape the world we live in. Transformative Futures aims to empower and amplify the voices of young people through sessions that explore alternative ways of living, thinking and being through the lens of contemporary art.

The programme is designed for those with an interest in Art, no other knowledge, practical skills or training is required to participate with sessions designed to be inclusive and accessible.

Transformative Futures is an ongoing project supporting emerging creativity in our local community and beyond, further programming including online sessions and opportunities will occur throughout the year.

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The Artists

Becky Lyon is an English x Jamaican artist and ‘artecologist’ exploring how art practice can illuminate and re-enchant relationships to our animate and inter-relational ecology. Her work manifests in multiple forms from tactile installations to rituals, sensory artefacts to participatory gatherings. She hosts numerous events, gatherings and workshops designed to excite and inspire people to build more care-full connections with ecology for the likes of School of Machines, Making and Make-Believe Berlin, Natural England and The London Interdisciplinary School. She is also a ranger for London National Park City connecting people to nature through art. She has an MA Art & Science from Central Saint Martins.Currently she is convening the Squishy Sessions exploring the intersection of touch x tactility x care; contemplating “earthly curriculums” and dialoguing with dead wood; contemplating land as a verb through mark-making; brewing up ooey gooey workshops for conferences, hosting EARTHSHAPES monthly gatherings tuning into the rhythms of the season; ripping up the reading group format with the B|T|W|N THE L|AV|S: A Critical De/compost Reading Group; rebodying with London’s ancient woodland ecology at Goldsmiths University; drafting a paper on “Sensuous Ecologies” and dreaming up an artist-led forest school for grown ups!Adam Moore is a transdisciplinary artist who dances and works with dance. Creating nourishing conditions for encountering dancing, he designs, builds, and choreographs performance installations, applying choreographic, embodied and sociopolitical processes for dance making to his works in ceramics, drawing, film, painting, sculpture, sound and text. Dancing with people, life forms, materials and structures in the places he lives and the spaces he moves through, he heals open the closures between fragmented dimensions of reality touching us and our world deeply. Synthesising material, sensory and spiritual dimensions of the self with the world and with others, he examines different ways of living that soften hardened institutions, stewarding life to thrive.

Additional Information

We have 30 places each week and booking via Eventbrite is required.

Sessions take place at Camden Art Centre every Saturday during term time from 2.00 to 4.00 pm and give the opportunity to use the centre as a resource, see our current exhibitions, get behind the scenes of a gallery and meet new people.

Sessions can be attended as a one-off events or the whole series. Each session functions as a standalone workshop though sustained engagement is encouraged.

No previous art-making experience is necessary and all materials are provided, free food and drinks are available.

The programme is open to all aged 15 -25 but we are particularly interested in participants who are not currently studying at higher education level and do not have degrees.

Transformative Futures is designed to be inclusive and accessible, if you have any questions, access requirements or would like more information please get in contact with our Learning Curator George Collum.