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Creative Futures 2024

The start of 2024 was an exciting time for Accumulate with the launch of our third instalment of Creative Futures – our innovative programme that aims to break down barriers for people affected by homelessness to enter the creative sector, build their network and access workplace opportunities.

Over the past ten weeks, our participants have enjoyed weekly sessions with a range of fabulous speakers covering everything from making money as a creative, perfecting your social media profiles, portfolio and network building and growing your confidence and employability skills.

Our 2024 programme has so kindly been funded by Adobe UK and hosted by Autograph Gallery in Shoreditch. We are so grateful for the support we have received from both these organisations, enabling us to bring Creative Futures 3 to fruition.

The industry support we have received this year has been immense with guest speakers joining us from various creative backgrounds to share their experience and expertise with our group, all of which will offer a workplace opportunity for selected graduates.

Our thanks go to our guest speakers Emma Mann from No Fixed Abode, Emelie Helsen, Lizzie Shupak and Helen Bazuaye from Curve, Nikol DeHann, Paul Rider, Yvonne Halloran from the Seeds Diversity Project at Ravensbourne University, Lorna Hamilton-Brown, Accumulate Trustee Katherine Finerty, Design Bridge’s Leah Jacobs-Gordon, Vicky Yang and Graeme Haig, Othello De Souza-Hartley, Rebecca Young, Sade English from Anticlone Gallery and Vic Lee.

Thank you to those who attended our Portfolio Review sessions to give essential feedback to our participants as they continue their creative journey – Design Bridge, Handsome Frank, Jacky Winter and freelance creatives. We are also immensely grateful to our creative businesses who attended our speed networking sessions providing work-related opportunities – thanks to Abode, The Barbican, Design Bridge, South London Gallery, Jones Knowles Ritchie, Sade English and Gem Creative Studio.

Lastly, a huge congratulations to the participants of Creative Futures – what an achievement! We look forward to keeping you posted with all the workplace placements individuals will take part in.







Creative Futures is back in 2024!

Creative Futures is back in 2024!

Creative Futures is a FREE ten-session programmer taking place at Autograph Gallery in Shoreditch, East London between 23rd January and 26th March 2024

This programme aims to break down the barriers for people who are affected by homelessness to enter the creative sector, build networks and have access to opportunities.

You will learn skills in confidence building, networking, how to talk about yourself and your work, creating an online presence, portfolio building and more!

Apply online HERE and we will contact you to confirm your place. For more info email rossanne@accumulate.org.uk


Creative Futures Update

Breaking Down Barriers

This Summer saw our first Creative Futures event, a two-day workshop of networking and profile building, interview and presentation skills, and matching participants with opportunities in the creative industries. We were thrilled to be hosted by D&AD in their Shoreditch offices.

This initiative, which we operate in partnership with leading creative businesses and organisations, aims to break down the barriers for people affected by homelessness to enter the creative sector, build networks and have access to opportunities.

Creative Futures Event at D&AD, Shoreditch
Photo Credit, Ben Peters

As a result of the summer workshops, our participants were invited to take part in creative sessions led by industry professionals. Check out our days at software leader Adobe and the London-based creative agency Jones Knowles Ritchie.

Adobe – Video Creation and Editing

In September. our Creative Futures participants attended a workshop hosted by Adobe at their amazing offices learning how to edit videos for TikTok using Adobe software.

Participants Crystal and Anita take part in the Adobe workshop


Malin Persson from Adobe who was leading the opportunity said: “It was truly magical hosting the attendees that came to the workshop and the day was just filled to the brim with laughter, creativity, fabulous ideas, new editing skills, and lots of Tiktok videos…the entire Adobe gang truly enjoyed sharing the afternoon with the group, and really hope they got the most out of the day and learnt some new tips and tricks 😊”

Participant Nikol said ‘I felt like a professional team player. It’s good to get a feel of these places because it kind of lights a fire under you.’

Jones Knowle Ritchie – Building your Profile

In October our participants made the most of another exciting opportunity working with the creative agency Jones Knowles Ritchie.

Luke and Anita at Jones Knowles Ritchie

Anita, who took part in the session said “‘The JKR workshop was fantastic. I left inspired by their advice, carefully listening to our ideas and individual feedback. On the way home, I shed a tear. I felt so touched. It was like there was hope that things could somehow work out. It lights me up.’

What’s next for Creative Futures?

It is so heartwarming to hear the fantastic feedback of both the facilitators and the participants in these opportunities. Positive steps, empowerment through creativity and an exciting future for our participants.

We are so delighted with how it has all run that we are going to do it all again in January 2023! Another two-day workshop working in conjunction with creative industry professionals. Want to get involved? Get in touch at info@accumulate.org.uk