Hidden Art Select Kids Project

Hidden Art Select Kids is a yearly project we run which teams up a Hidden Art designer member with local schools in East London. The project is generously supported by UBS, and our partnership with them on Select Kids was one of the key reasons we won a Dragon Award in 2010.

The designers go into the schools to run workshops with the pupils, showing them how the creative process works, trying out different techniques with them, and culminating in the best designs being printed onto a product produced by Hidden Art. It’s a great chance for the pupils to get an insight into the design process, and for some of them to see their artwork on a finished product.

We love running this project because we think it’s important that people are encouraged from a young age to think about design as a career, and to get an idea of how designers work. We also like working with the local community – Hidden Art started with the Open Studio tours in the 80s, showing people all that Hackney and East London had to offer, and Select Kids is an extension of that idea.

In 2011  Hidden Art Select Kids was run in partnership with CUSTHOM Design Studio

Custhom Design Museum Wallpaper

Custhom Design Museum Wallpaper

The two schools taking part were the New City Primary School (in Newham) and Bridge Academy (a school for 11-19 year olds in Hackney). 

Over 150 pupils from the schools took part in the workshops, so as you can imagine it was very hard to narrow down all of the great designs they produced. However we had to decide on two winners from each school, each of who would get their design printed on a mug, so some long judging sessions were in order. 

After the final four designs and the runners-up had been chosen, Custhom got on with the job of finalising the designs and their placement on the mug, and liaising with the factory for production (the mugs are made in Britain at a factory in Stoke on Trent). On Monday this week, it was finally time for our winner’s ceremony, held at UBS. The winning four designers, the runners-up, and their teachers all left their schools for the morning and came to the offices off Liverpool Street to see the final designs and get recognition for their work, with certificates and a prize ceremony. None of the young designers had seen the mugs so it was an exciting moment when they were finally unveiled, and handed out to the schools by Custhom Design.  Here’s the pupils and teachers from New City Primary, with their winning designs:

And here’s Bridge Academy: 

And here are the final mugs! They’ve been printed onto really high quality bone-china mugs, made and designed in England. We’ll be selling them on our the Hidden Art E-Shop very soon, and they’ll also be available at our stand during 100% Design in September. 

From left to right the designers are: Fatima Nadeem from New City Primary Madihah Khanon from New City Primary Mehmet Bozdere from Bridge Academy Praise Opara from Bridge Academy We’re really pleased with how well the project has gone this year, and we hope to keep on encouraging young designers in this way.

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