Camden Arts Centre Youth Collective

The Youth Collective featured on HLF's Changing Lives series

The Youth Collective is a Camden Arts Centre initiative for young people aged 15 – 25 years, to meet regularly and create, discuss, experience and encounter the visual arts. It was launched last year at Camden Arts Centre to coincide with their 50th anniversary celebrations.  It was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Changing Lives, a special feature spotlighting people who have been taking part in a wide range of HLF-funded projects throughout the UK, one of its participants was featured.

Photo: Hydar Dewachi

16-year-old Youth Collective member Channah Smith has been featured in the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Changing Lives series. Following her journey from her first Youth Collective session to now, in this short film Channah discusses how the HLF-supported Camden Arts Centre project has furthered her interest in art and inspired her to develop her own practice

Despite having never visited the Centre before, as a member of the Youth Collective Channah was given the opportunity to explore the exhibition archives, discuss her ideas and make her own work alongside other young people and artists. 
Channah was particularly influenced by the work of African-American artist Kara Walker after learning about her 2013 show:
“Kara Walker’s exhibition at Camden Arts Centre inspired me and made me think about my own history and my ancestors, about where I came from.
“I thought more about how I view society today and how I view other cultures which is what I made some of my artwork about.” 
Channah continues to make artwork and is passionate about a future career in the arts as a result of her experience.  

Photo: Hydar Dewachi
Photo: Hydar Dewachi

For information about the project and how to get involved, visit Camden Arts Centre's website.