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Roundhouse to open centre where young people can develop creative ideas

Music performance at London's Roundhouse. Photo: John Williams Music performance at London's Roundhouse. Photo: John Williams
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London’s Roundhouse plans to build a new centre where young people can develop their creative ideas.

The move is part of a drive to work with more young people, which also sees the Camden-based arts venue enter into a new partnership with arts education expert Ken Robinson.

Robinson is to become associate creative curator at the venue for five years. He will assist the Roundhouse with its aim of increasing its engagement with young people from 4,500 a year to 10,000.

As part of this, the venue is to launch a new three-day creative festival in February 2019, with more projects and ideas to be announced.

Speaking at the press launch of the partnership, artistic director and chief executive Marcus Davey said the venue had also been granted planning permission to build a new centre for entrepreneurs, as well as new studio spaces.

Full details of the development are to be officially announced later in the year, but Davey said the centre for creative and digital entrepreneurs would be for young people aged 18 to 30 in all areas of the arts to develop their ideas. This could include developing skills as a producer, Davey said.

Davey added that building bigger studio spaces would allow the Roundhouse to have more young people on site and to produce more large-scale work.

The development will be financed through a range of funding streams, including income from the venue’s commercial work and public fundraising.

Davey said: “We exist to provide a place of inspiration where artists and emerging talent create extraordinary work and where young people can grow as individuals.

“At a time when creativity is disappearing from the curriculum and youth centres and spaces for young people are closing, we’re a safe space that all young people can call home.”

Robinson said: “I’m thrilled to be working in partnership with the Roundhouse to promote and support the development of the arts with young people. The arts in all their forms are a vital part of the health and vitality of our communities.”

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