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Material World Exhibition


Material World is a free exhibition in partnership with the Sturt Low Trust featuring new works celebrating six decades of fashion upcycled from theatre textiles created by local young adults.

Material World (MW): What, Where, How and Who?

Starting on 17th May 2022, a 6-week, free, early evening creative project, incorporating the fashions of the Jubilee years (1952, 1977, 1992, 2002, 2012, 2017) and key moments in theatre history, commemorates the Arts during the Queen’s Jubilee.

Participants will be upcycling theatre textiles to create new works, supported by theatre staff and SLT, at NYT’s beautiful, recently re-built, home in Islington. 

Participants will have opportunities to explore pathways for progression e.g. wardrobe design and costume for stage, using NYT’s own onsite Wardrobe, Costume Store and Prop store to draw inspiration from.

The project will culminate in a Showcase at NYT’s community exhibition space, of participant’s creations.

Supporting Young Vulnerable Adults

The project will support young adults aged 18-35 years, who are living with mental health issues or learning disabilities, who may be socially isolated, or who may experience socio-economic barriers to creative opportunities and skills pathways. During the pandemic, young adults were disproportionately affected and their mental wellbeing suffered.

MW will offer new learning experiences and opportunities, encourage curiosity and self-expression, broaden horizons, increase social connectedness, and improve mental wellbeing.

“MW is a new partnership between SLT and the National Youth Theatre. It celebrates the Platinum Jubilee by bringing together two vital parts of our community - young people and those with mental health issues - that have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

NYT's young people and staff will lead 'upcycling workshops' with SLT participants, taking inspiration from NYT''s extensive wardrobe collection and showcasing their work after the Jubilee holiday weekend. The aim is that everyone experiences improved wellbeing through engaging with theatrical costume and exploring their creativity.”

 - SLT’s Development Manager

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