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About REcreative

REcreative is an online community and resource for young people aged 16-25 interested in the contemporary art world.

But what does that mean, you ask?

Good question!

 

 

HOW DO I JOIN? 

Signing up to REcreative is free and easy to do. All you need is an email address and a large-ish image. Simply click “Register” in the top right hand corner of the site and follow a couple of easy steps.

You can edit your profile at any time, simply by logging in, clicking “My Dashboard” and then “Edit my profile.” You can also access your projects and see the latest content added to the site here.

 

HOW DO I USE RECREATIVE IF…

 

I’M AN ARTIST, FILMMAKER OR DESIGNER OR JUST HAVE SOMETHING CREATIVE I WANT TO SHARE

If you’ve got work you want to showcase or an on-going project that you’d like to document, create a Project about it. A project is basically a blog where you can embed videos and add text, images and links. It’s up to you what you post and you can edit and update the blog whenever you like. You can also have as many projects as you like.  At REcreative we’re really keen on exploring HOW things are made or happen so don’t just show us your finished work – show us your process too!

 

I’M A TEACHER OR LECTURER

You have a couple of options!

You can use our resources.

Our short-films go behind-the-scenes with artists, curators and art world professionals looking at everything from education projects to career paths and the curating of shows. We have interviews with artists including Tracey Emin, Mark Wallinger, Yinka Shonibare MBE and Elmgreen & Dragset and films that explore the response of young people to exhibitions such as Gillian Wearing at Whitechapel and the Venice Biennale.

You can work with us to develop a professional development opportunity for your students.

We recently worked with 2nd year Graphic Design students at Camberwell College of Arts, setting them a live brief to design a piece of online marketing for REcreativeUK.com The students then had to pitch their ideas to us with the best projects taken forward. The ‘About’ film above was one of those successful ideas.

 

I’M DOING MY ARTS AWARD

There are lots of ways that REcreative can support your Arts Award. Think of the site like an online scrapbook or portfolio. You can create projects that document lots of different parts of your Award, including trips and visits you make; your arts heroes and heroines; your leadership project and more. See some examples of existing Arts Award Projects on REcreative here:

 

I’M PART OF A GROUP OR COLLECTIVE

Groups and collectives can have profiles and projects on REcreative also. Once you have an individual profile set up, go to ‘My Dashboard’, scroll down and on the right, click ‘Create new group’. Once you have a group profile set up, you can invite others to join and create group projects that every member can add to. To create a group project, go to ‘My Dashboard’, scroll down to ‘Groups’ on the right-hand side, click into your group profile and then, again on the right, click ‘Create a group project.’

 

IF I DON’T HAVE AN IDEA FOR A PROJECT

That’s ok. You don’t have to have a project to share to get involved with REcreative. If you’d like to create a project but don’t have an idea, you can respond to one of our Project Briefs (which might also get you in the running to win one of our many opportunities!)

If you’d rather not create a project for the moment, you can still log in using your profile and comment on the work of the rest of the community – give feedback, ask questions, have a conversation.

And don’t forget our resources page where you can search for interesting content and short films that include artist interviews, behind-the-scenes of exhibitions, education projects, career spotlights and much, much more.

 

WHO’S BEHIND RECREATIVE?

REcreativeUK.com launched in June 2011 as part of the Louis Vuitton Young Arts Project, a three-year arts and education initiative led by the South London Gallery in partnership with Tate, the Hayward Gallery, the Royal Academy of Arts and the Whitechapel Gallery.

The website was devised and designed by a group of 16-25 year olds who wanted to develop an online resource that would give access and information about the contemporary art world and offer a platform for young artists to share and showcase their own work.

REcreativeUK.com is managed by the South London Gallery and is led by an Editorial Board of 12 young people who meet monthly to make decisions about the content we produce and to help shape the future direction of the site.

REcreative Editorial Board Away Day to Turner Contemporary 2013

(The REcreative Editorial Board on their 2013 Away Day to Turner Contemporary, Margate.)

For more information please email contact@recreativeuk.com

 

This 'About' film was made by Stefan Graham and Rachel Treliving as an outcome of a live brief set to 2nd year graphic design students at Camberwell College of Arts.