The decentralisation of fashion education in Northeast England through collaborative practice between education, communities and industry

Gayle Cantrell*, Berni Yates, Lynne Hugill, Sophie Wetherell, Jennifer Barrett, Stephen Murray

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This article focuses on a collaboration between educators at higher education institutions in the UK, reflecting on fashion education in Northeast England and how it is evolving to support and diversify aspirations for the arts outside London. The project is supported by research backed by the British Fashion Council, aiming to explore regional initiatives to enable young creatives to have stable careers in fashion and the arts across the UK. This paper demonstrates how examples of this have been implemented through the work of the community education group This is Creative Enterprise, UAL, Teesside and Northumbria universities, through building pathways from schools to universities and encouraging dialogue between schools, industry, higher education and community groups. Case studies demonstrate participatory research projects that encourage responsible engagement with fashion, supporting regional growth, community engagement and a decentralised vision.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-39
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Design for Social Change, Sustainable Innovation and Entrepreneurship DISCERN
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 29 May 2024

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