Emerging Project

Teenage Makers

Idea: Youth based workshops and classes in design, making and fabrication

Building on the already successful Teenage Market to offer creative workshops, and potentially create goods to trade at the market, the Teenage Makers project would improve education in creative, digital fabrication and maker skills for young people in the area. Making use of the college’s art and design facilities, a partnership could be made with resident designers, artists and makers to run these workshops.

To measure the success and feasibility of the programme, it could kick-start as a summer school with professional designer/makers running a summer programme with young people. The products of which could manifest themselves in a public space in Chipping Barnet or provide wares to be sold at the monthly Teenage Market. Depending on the success of this programme, a community facing location could be used for regular workshops and ‘after school clubs’ for young people of various ages wanting to learn more practical, creative skills.

Through a partnership with Barnet and Southgate College, the project would utilise their facilities and spaces, with college students helping facilitate workshops, and be developed alongside the Teenage Market’s relocation to the College Square. Residents have suggested ideas to further develop the project’s impact, including growing collaboration to include local schools, links to qualifications and employment, and developing a wider programme to include music, performance and fashion.

Why it is useful:

  • Provide space and opportunities for young people
  • Provide skills and creative experience for young people in making, fabrication, creative industries
  • Along with moving the Teenage Market to the College Square, aid the enlivenment of the south end of the High Street

Who needs to be involved:

  • College: Lead / Organise
  • Teenage Market: Lead / Organise
  • Council: Support
  • Local creatives, designers, makers: Facilitate workshops
  • Local Young People

How to get started:

  • Establish a partnership with Barnet and Southgate College and potentially with the University of the Arts London, or Middlesex University
  • Test and build interest with local young people and college students
  • Identify and engage local makers, artists, fabricators etc. (or potential external partner such as Build Up – see below)

Viability considerations:

  • Funding: Arts Council funding and other creative grants bodies, Barnet Together (crowdfunding), The National Lottery Community Fund
  • Location: Barnet and Southgate College – College Square (also the new location for the Teenage Market), Tudor Hall (Art & Design department) and adjacent events space (Alderman Suite)
  • Resource: Requires volunteers, facilitators, space provided by college and materials


Summer Schools and Workshops.
STORE are a collective of designers, artists and makers who run workshops for young people, with the ambition of addressing the social imbalance in art, design and architectural education. In its beginning STORE ran summer schools for young people in various locations in London and Europe, usually taking place in public spaces.

Following the success of these, they found a permanent home at ‘STORE STORE’ and run weekly workshops with young people, offering a whole host of making and creative sessions. On Saturday’s the store is open to the general public for them to witness what the creative profession has to offer and also find unique pieces for sale, made by the students in the workshops themselves.

Example: Build Up Foundation

Build Up is a foundation that works across London and looks at putting young people in control of construction projects that make a lasting contribution to their local community. Design, spatial organisation and construction skills are taught to young people to give them the skills to make decisions and see the real-life impact of their designs. The programme not only gives young people skills in design and construction but also encourages them to become active members of their community.