Lucy Wort

Lucy Wort - BA (Hons) Interior Design

Collage: evenly distributing opportunity

Currently, more than 1 in 4 children across the UK live in poverty since the cost-of-living crisis. Children living in poverty are less likely to have access to hobbies and extra-curricular activities as their parents do not have the spare money to fund it.

Collage is a youth club dedicated to re-introducing art into the lives of children living in low-income households and areas of poverty.  This space is a free platform that provides children who cannot afford to maintain a hobby the opportunity to develop a passion for art. Due to the lack of funding that the arts face across UK schools, children are not provided with the opportunity to develop a real passion or interest in Art. Since 2010, GCSE level arts entries have declined by 47% since 2010 and A level entries by 29%,

Collage helps to tackle this by offering a free creative space, that covers a mix of different art forms.

All the work produced at Collage is repurposed for decorative use throughout the space, reducing the consumption of materials and minimizing the waste that would be produced if sourced from an external supplier. This ethos helps promote a sense of environmental responsibility to all occupants, prioritizing a sense of creativity and resourcefulness for future generations. Developed from a building block concept, The design appears as though it could be easily dismantled and reassembled, like the classic children’s toy. Collage conveys a simple yet playful atmosphere through the combinations of stacked room structures and the contrast in materiality.