Alexander McQueen Pledges To Help Fund Creative Careers For Young People

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Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images
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This week, luxury fashion house Alexander McQueen announced its pledge to help young people get into creative arts careers.

The brand has pledged to help fund the work of an organisation called A Team Arts Education - a community youth arts education organisation founded by Berni Yates of Central St Martins which aims to provide a structured educational introductions to arts fields such as fashion design and textile creation for students aged between 11 and 18.

A Team Arts Education helps young people build portfolios so they can apply to an art Foundation course and other further eduction, despite perhaps being able to take up GCSEs and A-levels in arts-based subjects.

Photo credit: Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Hearst Owned

'It feels especially important for us to be able to take part in supporting young people from the East End of London, where Lee Alexander McQueen grew up. At this house we all know that talent comes from everywhere, irrespective of background. At a time when UK arts education is narrowing and being cut and young people are under pressure, we’re inspired and humbled to be able to join with A Team Arts Education in their exceptional grass-roots work in providing fashion, textiles and art and design programmes' says Alexander McQueen's Creative Director Sarah Burton of the project.

The Alexander McQueen relationship with A Team Arts Education, has been cemented through one of the educational out-reach programmes of workshops which Sarah Burton has been running with in-house design team members throughout the pandemic. While other Alexander McQueen educational schemes connect with colleges and university students nationally, the association with A Team Arts Education forges a practical link with younger people locally through its dynamic and free art-led school holiday and Saturday programmes.

Over the coming year, Alexander McQueen will support A Team Arts Education financially, and further extend the workshops and classes that they offer.

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