The Weekend Academy delivers Widening Participation projects for Byam Shaw School of Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design

The Weekend Academy is rooted in the diverse community of North London, and builds on networks and partnerships with schools, colleges, youth and community groups in the area.

The Weekend Academy hosts a variety of projects, initiatives and events, which widen access to the college and the university.

We are proud of our commitment to work with people from a diversity of backgrounds and to celebrate the creativity of all our participants.

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The Weekend Academy has developed strong networks with disabled and D/deaf communities in London

We have initiated arts activities with disabled people of all ages in our local area.

Byam Shaw School of Art numbers internationally respected disabled artists among its alumni, including Yinka Shonibare, Lucy Jones and the late Meena Jaffrey.

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The Weekend Academy, under the WKD banner, is currently working primarily with schools and youth

We aim to give young people involved with The Weekend Academy insights and an introduction into the realities of future university study, and to possible careers in the creative arts.

We support access routes to education for young people from a wide range of backgrounds.

Practising artists including Byam Shaw staff and alumni lead and support activities with our target groups. Byam Shaw School of Art’s students work alongside The Weekend Academy participants on The Weekend Academy programmes and events.

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The Weekend Academy was set up in 2002 to open up the facilities of the Byam Shaw School of Art to the wider community

Click on the link to the right to read about the history of the development of The Weekend Academy and its projects and partners.

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