FOR 14 - 16 YEAR OLDS Young Design Museum

Ardagh Young Creatives 2022

A vibrant programme to create pathways into design for 14 – 16 year olds to experiment and imagine a better future together.

Creating pathways into design

The Design Museum recognises that the design world isn’t as visibly diverse as it should be and wants to make a positive change.

Each year, the Ardagh Young Creatives programme welcomes a group of young people aged 14-16 based in London from underrepresented groups to explore all aspects of design and how it can be used to help solve issues.

Working with established and emerging designers, the group learns about design processes and methods through hands-on workshops, conversations, collaboration and co-design. All of these efforts culminate in a live build in front of the design museum.

As part of the programme, participants also meet mentors who guide them towards a career in the creative industries, whatever path they choose.

Check @ardaghyoungcreatives to see past activities.


Our Lead Designer

Annie Nicholson (Fandangoe Kid)

Annie is the lead designer for Ardagh Young Creatives 2022 programme. Navigating personal stories of loss and grief, the London based print artist and filmmaker creates large-scale, narrative-driven pieces for the public realm and seeks to smash taboos around complex subjects such as trauma release, mental health and gender constructs. She currently runs a radio show on Soho Radio, 'The Grief Mixtape', following on from her book 'Tender Hearted Bold Moves', published by Rough Trade Books. Over 3 months, Annie will guide the young people and help them make their ideas a reality, to be displayed at the Design Museum. More about Annie.

See our 2021 film

This is our 2021 film: Build week

This film was made during the 2021 programme’s final build week. The young people spent the week building a co-designed piece with designers RESOLVE collective to highlight and platform their voices.

Find out more about Ardagh Young Creatives 2021.

Ardagh Group is a global supplier of infinitely recyclable, metal and glass packaging for the world’s leading brands. Ardagh operates 56 metal and glass production facilities in 12 countries, employing over 16,000 people with global sales of approximately $7bn.

The Design Museum Access

Download this PDF document that indicates the museum's spaces and instructs wayfinding.

Background image by Justine Trickett. Fandangoe Kid's portrait by Tara Darby.

Video: Filmed during the final build week of Ardagh Young Creatives 2021 Programme.
© Arthur Le FOL