Louis Vuitton Young Arts Project
SLG Young people's forum visit Chris Ofili's exhibition at Tate Britain
The Louis Vuitton Young Arts Project is a partnership between Louis Vuitton and five of London’s leading art institutions: Hayward Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, South London Gallery, Tate Britain and Whitechapel Gallery. Led by the South London Gallery, this three-year arts and education programme gives 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) brings together young people aged 13-25 from each of the five institutions, local borough schools and community youth groups. The young people collectively visit exhibitions at the five partner institutions, where they are given exclusive tours and unprecedented access to the inner workings of the art world. Participants in LVYAP are also invited to creative sessions and site visits, led by high profile art world insiders, which include artists, collectors and museum directors. Through additional focused workshops the young people created a project website launched in 2011, called REcreativeUK.com. The website is an evolving record of the project, providing an online community for debate, for showcasing work, for blogs and for reviews, and also enabling engagement with other art-interested young people who are not currently members of the project.
A selected group of young people from each panel chosen by the individual institutions attend an intensive, five-day annual Summer Academy, the first of which took place in August 2010 at the Royal Academy Schools and Louis Vuitton New Bond Street. The Academy offers behind-the-scenes visits to galleries and conservation studios, and talks by curators and critics. At the end of each year, there is an opportunity for all the LYVAP participants and their families to celebrate their achievements.