The SHM Foundation offered support to the Barbican and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s Creative Learning Division. Drawing on 25 years of work through the Guildhall Connect and Barbican Education programmes, the new division shapes and delivers approaches to engagement with the arts, involving people of all ages across a diverse range of styles, genres and disciplines.

‘Disruption’ gave young people aged 14-plus from the East End of London the opportunity to work alongside leading professionals, culminating in a spectacular fashion performance on the 29th of January 2011. The show celebrated the trailblazing innovation of Japanese designers such as Rei Kawakubo, Yohji Yamamoto and Issey Miyake.

The project, which started in October 2010 and continued until February 2011, was inspired by the Barbican Art Gallery’s exhibition, ‘ Future Beauty: 30 years of Japanese Fashion Show ‘. ‘Disruption’ aimed to give new and challenging opportunities to young people whose access to fashion as a career may be limited.

A wide range of creative professionals (stylists, choreographers, photographers, composers and production specialists) living and working in East London acted as mentors to the young participants at key moments within the project.

The SHM Foundation donated funds towards the creative costs of the project and has also given additional guidance regarding the project evaluation.

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The SHM Foundation works globally to bring about positive social change through projects in the areas of learning and citizenship, health and the arts.

The Foundation was set up in 2008 by Professor Maurice Biriotti and Professor Henrietta Moore, who co-founded the strategy and insight consultancy SHM Productions, based in central London, in 1996.

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