Tackling Creative Poverty, Enabling Creative Futures.

Make Bank, a social project which aims to tackle Creative Poverty in UK schools, will launch at designjunction 2019. This new project is pulling together the creative industries to address a decline in arts education and the lack of financial, material and educational resources required to pursue creative subjects and careers.

Set up by Kirsty Thomas, a former art teacher and founder of Tom Pigeon, the design house with clients like The Tate, V&A  and The Barbican, Make Bank is already supported by industry luminaries such as Donna Wilson, Paul Farrell and Crispin Finn. The project aims to inspire and support those from marginalised backgrounds who want to study art and design by working directly with teachers and providing high quality material kits and accessible career resources for pupils.

Kirsty says, “Young people are dropping out of creative subjects because they often don’t have, or simply can’t afford, the materials needed to complete basic coursework. There is a wealth of opportunity that exists in the creative sector but increasingly this is becoming the preserve of the privileged. We want to ensure that creative education is accessible for all and that our industry is diverse, representative and fair. We passionately believe that every child has the right to pursue the education and career they choose... and that the creative industries is a great place to be.”

Make Bank has teamed up with designers across the UK to create exclusive prints for the Make Bank launch. Expect work from Shaz Madani, Dorothy, Marcus Oakley and Peter Chadwick alongside an opportunity to donate to the project and sign up to share your creative story. Visit the Make Bank at stand 30 in The Canopy, and watch out for Make Bank donation points throughout the show. 

Visit themakebank.org.uk to find out more and get involved.