Students visit South Kensington for Creative Quarter 2017

Once again, our annual schools event, Creative Quarter attracted hundreds of 13-19 year olds to a day of career insights and inspiration as South Kensington's cultural and educational organisations hosted a day of bookable and drop-in events.

This year students were invited to hear from leading professionals across a wide range of creative industries, and find out what it takes to succeed in their creative careers. With talks, workshops and drop-in events, there were plenty of ways to explore careers in science, technology, design and the arts – often looking at roles that involve a combination of STEM and art.

At the Royal College of Music students had the chance to discuss pathways towards careers in music from performing to teaching, composing and more. At the Science Museum, there was an opportunity to explore the problem-solving, big-thinking, team-working skills required to be a globe-trotting engineer of tomorrow.

In the Victoria & Albert Museum, a range of talks from industry professionals introduced students to career opportunities, drawing from their personal experiences. Engineers from the Arup group discussed the crossovers between art, architecture and engineering, whilst a product designer from Faye Toogood discussed the technicalities of transforming a client’s product idea into reality.

Inspiring and eye opening as to just how many careers there are in multiple creative industries

Some more artistic presentations came from the heads of interior and exterior car design at Jaguar, who detailed their career routes and design techniques, and discussed exciting future possibilities in vehicle design, including self-driving cars and zero-emission sustainable technology. Janet Steiner, head of Hats and Jewellery at the Royal Opera House, described the work that goes into creating wearable pieces of art that can survive the hardships of a season of ballet or theatre to a full lecture theatre.

Along with other talks on topics including fashion, graphic design, and film and TV careers, workshops were held, allowing students to get hands-on with experts and have a go at such artistic endeavours as theatre design, ceramics and animation. Drop-in events, including film screenings, opera performance and stage makeup demonstrations.

Across the road in Imperial College London, students were introduced to a range of STEM careers in talks on the realities of life as an epidemiologist, chemical engineer, doctor, and more. They were also able to hear from scientists about their ground-breaking research in plasma physics and mathematical modelling.

 I enjoyed Creative Quarter because it opened my interest in science

There were also interactive exhibits focused on robotics, as well as fascinating open lectures on physics and biomedical engineering. All of these events offered the students a unique opportunity to gain insights into the world-class research taking place in South Kensington, as well as the chance to explore their own scientific interests and career options.

A good opportunity for students to be enthused about a future in the creative industries

 A great valuable day - where students have gained a greater insight int o the career opportunities ahead of them 

Creative Quarter was organised by the cultural and educational organisations in South Kensington. As the home of science, arts and inspiration, it is hoped that students will take their experiences with them as they further explore the possibilities of a career in the creative industries.

To see more of the events that took place at Creative Quarter, take a look at Storify here.

Bookings are now open for some Creative Quarter venues in 2018.  To find out more click here.

Students arriving at the V&A
Students arriving at the V&A

Students were asked 'What Creativity Meant to you?' at the V&A
Students meeting Imperial's outreach robot
Experimenting at Imperial College London
Finding out about costume design at the V&A