The Accumul8 exhibition at The Guardian

July 14th was the opening night of the Accumul8 exhibition and what a night it was! The best bit was seeing the Accumul8 participants run into The Guardian exhibition space and literally whoop with excitement at seeing their work displayed in such a prestigious space. They were so proud of their work, so enthusiastic and excited to speak to all the visitors and even happier when they sold their photographs! It was a beautiful moment to see them being celebrated and rewarded for their talents and achievements and feeling so positive about themselves, their value and their potential.

This film was made by Simon Allinson, a Ravensbourne graduate, about the private view and you can hear Jamal and Isaac speak about what they got from attending Accumul8 and how they have benefitted. Pretty much sums it up!

The Accumul8 scholarship to study Digital Media at Ravensbourne

Accumul8 is all about helping young people living in hostels move forward positively with their lives by using creativity to increase their sense of self, well-being and confidence. That positive move can be something personal, like getting back in contact with family or just making sure to leave the hostel every day, or something tangible like starting a course at college, getting some vocational training or finding a job.

Sam from Accumul8 chats with a motion graphics degree student from Ravembsourne

Sam from Accumul8 chats with a motion graphics degree student from Ravensbourne

Accumul8 is also about making opportunities happen, and this year we are really excited as we are going to be offering one Accumul8 participant a scholarship to study at Ravensbourne on the year long Access to HE Digital Media course. This scholarship will mean that one person, who may not have thought that they would be able to afford to go to university, will have all their fees paid and have the support of a Ravensbourne student buddy, who has helped on the Accumul8 workshops and so is familiar to them, to help them really make the most of this opportunity. BOP Consulting, a creative and cultural industry research consultancy, are very generously part-funding the scholarship and are also offering a work placement and mentor to the recipient as part of this offer. Huge Accumul8 thanks are due to them!

The Accumul8 scholarship will be awarded at this year’s Accumul8 exhibition which will be at The Guardian, Kings Place, London N1 from 14 – 31st July, open from 10 – 6 daily.


Preparing for the Accumul8 Photography Exhibition

This week was the start of the big journey towards the grand Accumul8 exhibition at The Guardian, opening on July

Starting the selection process

Starting the selection process


And what a week it was! We started and completed the selection process of the photographs that have made the grade and will be shown. We also were able to celebrate and congratulate all the young people who had participated in the Accumul8 project on their achievements so far.

We were really privileged to have Luke Dodd, curator of The Guardian space, and Brett Rogers, director of The Photographers’ Gallery, make the big decisions as to what will be shown and to also hear from the real professionals about why they were making specific choices and why certain images were worthy of being exhibited. Both Luke and Brett were really impressed by the work and Luke spent considerable time afterwards talking to the Accumul8 participants about their individual photographs, their talent and their potential to take their photography further.

Luke and Brett curating the images that will be shown at the Accumul8 exhibition

Luke and Brett curating the images that will be shown at the Accumul8 exhibition

This was very timely, as this year, for the first time, Accumul8 will be awarding one, very lucky, Accumul8 participant a scholarship to study on the Access to HE Diploma in Creative and Digital Media at Ravensbourne. The Accumul8 scholarship will cover their fees, plus there is also the possibility of having their laptop and camera paid for as well. Our thanks go to Burns Owen Partnership for supporting the Accumul8 Scholarship.
The goal is eventually, for the recipient of the Accumul8 scholarship to then become an Accumul8 workshop assistant and role model for future participants of the Accumul8 creativity project for young, homeless people. It’s a case of education changing lives, creating new futures and good, old reciprocity.


The Accumul8 group get to see what of their work has been chosen for the exhibition.

The Accumul8 group get to see which pieces of their work have been chosen for the exhibition.

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The Accumul8 group on top of Primrose Hill