Make Bank

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The Make Bank aims to tackle creative poverty in UK schools. We provide materials, ideas and advice to young people enabling equal access to the creative education and careers.
A social project run by design studio Tom Pigeon.


We are at the very beginning of a journey. We want to make our industry equal, diverse and representative of the society we live in. We want to encourage the creative industry to stand up and create change, to support young talent and to give every young person the opportunity to follow their creative dream.

We work with schools and young people across the UK to help provide materials, support and inspiration for pupils who want to follow creative careers.

In the UK more than 33% of children are currently living in poverty and in some areas this figure reaches a staggering 62%. An increasing number of young people are dropping out of creative subjects at school because they don’t have, and can’t afford, the materials they need to complete basic coursework or don’t recognise the scope of opportunity that exists in the creative industries.

The Make Bank provides Art and Design Kits for disadvantaged pupils who want to pursue creative education and a creative career. We also work with industry professionals to share inspiring stories, creative journeys and career advice.

The Make Bank launches at designjunction 2019 with the Make Bank Print Project, a shop full of exclusive wrok by amazing designers like Donna Wilson, Paul Farrell, Shaz Madani, and Dorothy. We encourage you to come and buy a print of donate to the project. Every penny of profit will help support creative futures. 


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