ELEVATE - supporting diverse talent in the creative industries

Lambeth’s mission to open up the creative and cultural sector for all young people.

In delivery

ELEVATE is Lambeth’s mission to open up the creative and cultural sector to every young person in the borough.

Below, you will find information about ELEVATE’s pilot year and a new website dedicated to keeping young people creative at home as well as in school.

But first we’d like to introduce ELEVATE Neighbourhoods.

ELEVATE Neighbourhoods

ELEVATE Neighbourhoods is a brand new initiative focussing on young people in their communities. Developed in collaboration with the Council’s Youth & Play team it contributes to making Lambeth one of the best places to grow up, where it’s possible to discover a love and talent for creativity, and through that grow in confidence and wellbeing.

ELEVATE Neighbourhoods is led by the Elevators, ELEVATE’s youth advisory group. Following an open call and online briefing hosted by the Elevators, the group assessed and scored 19 project applications. Seven awards of £7,000 were made to these organisations:

  • Coin Street with Waterloo Community Theatre (Waterloo)
  • Neon Performing Arts, with Flawless and Cool it Art (Vauxhall)
  • UINCAP and Oxygen Arts, Kennington Park Centre (Kennington)
  • Art4Space (Stockwell)
  • We Rise (Brixton)
  • Spiral Skills (Brixton)
  • Game Anglia (Online – based in Tulse Hill)

Between September 2020 and March 2021 these organisations will work with 250 young people between them, on the projects below.

During this time ELEVATE will work to strengthen the networks between grantees and the more established cultural organisations in the borough, as well as organising group meetings where project leaders can come together to share intelligence, progress and learning.

  • Coin Street collaborates with Waterloo Community Theatre to run weekly drama and theatre-making sessions at Chandler Community Hall, Lambeth Walk. Sessions focus on performance, story-telling and screen-writing skills. The work developed will address young people’s position in society and the challenges they face. Towards the end of the project Iconic Steps will help turn the young people’s work into film and a multi-media showcase is planned to celebrate the creative outcomes. Coin Street’s Youth Forum will help shape and evaluate the project along with the Elevators.

  • Neon Performing Arts leads Let the World Begin, a chance to take part in making a show from scratch as a performer or creative. Participants can engage in dance/choreography, singing/songwriting, acting/scripting, costume, set design and video editing. The show will be built around young people’s answers to the question: If you could change one problem in the world, what would it be? The programme takes place at the Vauxhall Gardens Community Centre and focusses on the development of personal, social and technical skills. The show will take place in a local venue provided by Vauxhall One BID.

  • UINCAP with Oxygen Arts at the Kennington Park Centre, runs Two and a Half Questions, a film project leading towards an interactive online archive. Content will speak of local identities, and the aspirations and experiences of Black British people rooted in the area. Participants will identify and interview prominent characters to create an hour-long film with clips for social media. These will be screened at the Cinema Museum and the Black Cultural Archives and used to promote the online archive where local people will be able to upload their own content.

  • Art4Space leads Creative Pathways, a phased programme beginning with sessions designed to encourage self-expression, including an exhibition opportunity. Following that, five paid placements will take place; young people will spend 20 hours working with Art4Space to develop the skills they choose (AQA and Arts Award accredited). The final phase involves the same five in the design and delivery of their own creative projects, in connection to community groups and with support from Art4Space. Art4Space will also signpost the five towards further training and employment opportunities.

  • WeRise launches Be A Creative, a development programme for young talent, connecting participants to local career opportunities. The programme begins with an open creative workshop in which participants meet mentors from local creative companies (representing design, installation, illustration and animation) and try out various creative practices. Based on their interaction and output during this workshop, ten will then be invited to join an intensive 10-week programme in which participants meet weekly with mentors and each create a Story of Me, to be showcased at the end of the project.

  • Spiral brings high profile TV and film professionals into contact with young people, helping them to tell their stories through that media and break into the industry. Spiral’s expertise lies in holding workshops that mimic careers in the industry, involving participants in the act of pitching a concept, writing, directing performing, shooting and editing their own scenes. The Spiral Student Support Team will work alongside this activity to ensure participants take advantage of what is learned and the networks they are introduced to.

  • Game Anglia, a recent arrival in the Borough, develops a range of digital game-making kits to help young people create short narrative experiences. Kits will be introduced to young people through a series of online workshops, addressing how to i) tell a story, ii) programme multiple choice adventures, iii) publish a game, iv) give constructive feedback on games. A 48-hour online event (game jam) will help each participant complete their game, supported by Game Anglia tutors. Games will be showcased online and awards made.

If you are interested in participating or finding out more, please email Vicky Long, Cultural Development Manager on vjlong@lambeth.gov.uk

For a flavour of the Elevators’ vision for ELEVATE Neighbourhoods, watch the call out video.

ELEVATE website

We have a new ELEVATE website. You’ll find some fantastic resources there for use at home and in school. The resources come from Lambeth artists and organisations as well as from across London and the UK.

ELEVATE pilot year

Below are highlights from ELEVATE’s launch and pilot year of activity.

ELEVATE's mission is to support diverse talent and make sure that Lambeth's leading creative and digital industries are a place where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

ELEVATE launched at Rambert Studios on the South Bank, July 2019. The Elevators (ELEVATE’s young ambassadors) took a lead role in presenting the programme, as well as giving exceptional performances. ELEVATE is made possible by a Cultural Impact Award from the Mayor of London and Deputy Mayor, Justine Simons OBE showed her support for the mission by delivering an opening speech celebrating Lambeth and London’s creativity. Watch the highlights video here:

Over the coming years, ELEVATE will back pioneering projects, working with employers, educators, and community groups to discover, nurture and promote creative talent.

To date ELEVATE has supported:



  • Inside Out, a youth stage at Lambeth Country Show, led by Livity in collaboration with 14 young people, Spiral Skills, School Ground Sounds, Juvenis, and the Active Communities Network.

  • WOWsers, five girls clubs in Lambeth’s secondary schools (St. Martins, Lilian Baylis, The Norwood, Dunraven & Woodmansterne Schools) involving industry mentoring and the development of cultural change projects, culminating in a networking session on the London Eye on International Day of the Girl and the promotion of a special WOWsers Zine at the WOW Foundation’s 10th Anniversary WOW Festival at Festival Hall on International Women’s Day.

  • B3 Media’s creative catalyst, an incubator lab for artists and filmmakers to advance their careers.

Keep an eye on this page and on the Lambeth Council twitter handle:

@lambeth_council #LambethELEVATE #OurLambeth #mylocalculture

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Get in touch

For more information
Matthew Blades