As part of our Elevate project, We Rise collaborated with Squire & Partners on Winter Windows 2020, a bespoke illuminated installation at The Department Store in Brixton.
Five Year 13 students (age 17-18) from Elmgreen and Norwood schools had the opportunity to work with architects and modelmakers from Squire & Partners.
Students have not only designed the installation, but developed new skills in creative collaboration, design development, software, making and visual display.
The installation was officially launched in early December, and remain on display throughout January.
“We need to make sure people from diverse backgrounds are getting the breaks, the introductions, the experience – are getting a better future. Winter Windows at The Department Store – funded by Squire & Partners and supported by We Rise via our ELEVATE programme – is a brilliant example of this, creating valuable career insights and opportunities to local young people at a pivotal stage in their lives.
Jack Hopkins, Leader of Lambeth Council
Since the beginning of the year, Coronavirus has affected people around the world and curtailed social, religious and cultural events which traditionally bring people together. Having previously worked with younger children on this annual community project, this year Squires addressed the acute lack of opportunity for young people locally. Their brief was to create a visual installation which would act as a beacon of hope for communities globally.
Students conceived, designed and made a continuous narrative of eight designs addressing issues they and the wider community have faced during 2020.
The final result creates an inspiring and moving display to share with our community and a portfolio piece for each student to take to their further education or career choices, which vary from product and graphic design to photography and law.
If you have not had a chance to see the display we would urge you to stop by the windows on Ferndale Road and read the inspiration for all eight designs.
Many thanks to Squire & Partners for this fantastic opportunity and congratulations to Tayla, Geraldine, Jesse, Nafisa and Natalia. We all wish you every success in 2021 and beyond.
We Rise are supported by Lambeth Council’s ELEVATE programme Lambeth’s mission to open up the creative and cultural sector to every young person in the borough