Troika Projects / 2004-5

Troika was a three-fold project developed with Network East Foyers, to provide homeless young people with opportunities to showcase their creative skills. Incorporating fine art, fashion design and performance, each project element worked with a lead cultural organisation: the National Gallery, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Theatre Royal Stratford East. Over a seven-month period young people worked on a weekly basis with creative practitioners from each specialism.

Through Troika One, young people worked with designers Dorit Young and Pippa Joiner to create fashion collections based on pieces housed in the V&A, as by of the Museum’s annual Inspired By initiative. The project culminated in a catwalk show, held in the Raphael Galleries at the V&A.

Troika Two explored works in the National Gallery collection. With lead artist Maria Kheirkhah, young people created installation and photographic pieces, with support from Ulrike Schade and Evon Gregory. The National Theatre’s Costume Department provided historical garments for photographic reconstructions, and the final works were exhibited at the Lyttleton Space in the National Theatre.

Troika Three worked with theatre practitioners Suzanne Robinson and Karlos Coleman at Theatre Royal Stratford East. Taking inspiration from collections at the V&A and contemporary culture, young people staged pieces of ‘invisible theatre’ in the exhibition spaces at the V&A.

The Troika Projects were supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

role: project design, partnership development, artist management, fundraising , coordination (2004-5)