The art world is often exclusive, intimidating or inaccessible for young people, with many barriers of entry for those who do not have pre-existing connections or networks in the sector. Pocc partnered with Break Comms and Serpentine to launch the pilot year of Serpentine Studios – a nine week programme to amplify young creative voices and reimagine Serpentine as a hub for passionate audiences to engage with art. Nineteen young multidisciplinary artists took over the Galleries in Kensington Gardens to access a curated programme of learning, creative workshops, mentorship and unlimited access to Serpentine’s exhibitions.
“The programme allowed me to create quickly but also freely. I feel like I pushed and really expressed myself – there aren’t enough opportunities like that,” Hayleth, Serpentine Studios 2021 Cohort.