Brent Artist Network: Nothing About Us Without Us: Co-creation with Young People

26 May 2020

About this Event

What does it mean to co-create cultural projects with young people?

In this roundtable chaired by Amanda Fernandez, Young People’s Producer at Brent 2020, hear from artists who have significant experience of co-creating projects with young people in museums, schools, estates and theatres across London.

They will share examples of how co-creation works in practice and in different contexts; why it’s important to work in this way, plus tips on how to recruit young people.

Amanda will be in conversation with Brent artists Dhelia Snoussi (filmmaker, writer and Youth Culture Curator for Museum of London) and Nathaniel Telemaque (visual artist and researcher). Emerging photographer and producer Rajaa Bouchab will also share her experience, from the perspective of a young person taking part in co-created cultural projects. We will also be joined by a member of the Blueprint Collective, Brent 2020’s young people's group, who will share their experience on the programme, and discuss what co-creation means to them.

Join us if you’re an artist interested in youth-led programming. The roundtable will cover:

  • The ethics and politics of co-creating with young people: how to centre young people’s voices, safeguard, and bring visibility to their work
  • How to begin: recruiting and engaging participants, approaching cultural institutions and schools
  • Examples of successful co-creation with young people across London
  • Working in a range of formal and informal settings

Plus: learn about Brent 2020’s Blueprint Collective.


Amanda Fernandez, Young People’s Producer, Brent 2020, London Borough of Culture

Amanda leads the Blueprint Collective, a group of 100+ Brent-based young people between the ages of 18-25 who contribute to the overall London Borough of Culture programme, and participate in artistic development opportunities. She has wide ranging experience facilitating and designing programmes for young people in the arts, and is the Creative Director of FER Arts - a visual arts hub that platforms young artists from diverse backgrounds to showcase their work to new audiences.

Dhelia Snoussi, Filmmaker, Writer and Curator

Dhelia Snoussi is an artist, researcher and curator with a background in arts education and youth work. She is currently Youth Culture Curator at the Museum of London, working on the museum’s contemporary collecting project, Curating London. She is experienced in designing and managing youth advisory teams and bringing them in partnership with organisations such as museums and local authorities. Dhelia is also a Trustee at the Granville Community Kitchen and also at SHED, a newly formed grants-making body.

Rajaa Bouchab, Photographer and Curator

Rajaa Bouchab is a photographer and curator, influenced by the places and faces of street culture. She explores photography through both analogue and digital cameras, and has developed a signature style that captures the culture, music, fashion and time of the 21st Century. She has collaborated with artists and designers across London, including Hassan Hajjaj, Mister Normski, Eddie Otchere, Juergen Teller, and had work featured in ID magazine and Dazed. Rajaa interlocks her creative professions and youth work together to deliver and present projects that spark creative interest in the youth today.

Nathaniel Telemaque, Filmmaker and Photographer

Nathaniel Telemaque is a North West London born and raised visual artist, writer and researcher who shoots and writes about everyday things in different urban settings. His creative endeavours have seen him publish books and zines as well as host exhibitions. As part of the Pesolife visual arts/records collective he has collaborated on and curated various distinctive projects with sound and graphic design artists.

Brent Artist Network Online Series

The Brent Artist Network supports connection, collaboration, and resilience in the local cultural sector. The Brent Artist Network Online Series is a weekly offering of free skills workshops, themed talks from artists and funders, Q&As, and artist spotlights. Future themes include art and social change, how to run and promote digital events, youth-led programming, art, self-care and well being, evaluation, branding and sponsorship. Follow the Brent Artist Network on Instagram and Facebook.


BSL interpretation will be provided during this session, and a video recording will be available to registrants.


This is an inclusive space that has zero tolerance for any racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, islamophobic, colonial or derogatory behaviour.