Louis Vuitton Young Arts Project
SLG Young people's forum visit Chris Ofili's exhibition at Tate Britain
The Louis Vuitton Young Arts Project was a partnership between Louis Vuitton and five of London’s leading art institutions between 2010-2013: Hayward Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, South London Gallery, Tate Britain and Whitechapel Gallery. Led by the South London Gallery, this arts and education programme gave young Londoners from across the city unique access to the museum directors and curators, artists and collectors who shape the British contemporary art scene.
The Louis Vuitton Young Arts Project (LVYAP) became an ambitious network for young people’s groups aged 13-25 from each of the five institutions. The young people collectively visited exhibitions at the five partner institutions, where they had exclusive tours and unprecedented access to the inner workings of the art world. LVYAP Participants were also invited to peer-led creative sessions and site visits where they had the opportunity to meet artists and curators. Through additional focused workshops the young people devised and designed a website that launched in 2011, called REcreativeUK.com. The website is an online community and resource for young people interested in all aspects of the contemporary art world. It is a free, open platform where any young person can share and showcase their work, access resources, gain real world opportunities and get feedback on their work from both peers and art world professionals.
Each year of the LVYAP, young people from each partner gallery were chosen to attend an intensive, five-day Summer Academy, the first of which took place in August 2010 at the Royal Academy Schools and Louis Vuitton New Bond Street. The Academies offered behind-the-scenes visits to galleries and conservation studios, talks by artists, curators and critics and creative workshops. In 2012 the Academy was hosted by artist duo Elmgreen and Dragset, who inspired a week of looking at public art and which culminated in four temporary pop up public art sculptures that were accessible to the public.