The Market Project

A new ambitious multi-year youth-led arts engagement project in Islington

The Market Project

The Market Project is an ambitious multi-year youth-led arts engagement project centered around the former Market Estate, in Islington. 

This project is being delivered in partnership with The Working Party, with support from partners including Hyde Housing, Southern Housing, Prospex and Islington Council - and funded by the Greater London Authority as part of The Mayor of London’s new £45m Young Londoners Fund which aims to help children and young people to fulfil their potential. Additional funding and supporting partners include Islington Council - Local Initiatives Fund, the Arsenal Foundation, and the National Lottery Community Fund.


Pleasance and The Working Party will deliver 14 months of arts engagement on the Market Estate, addressing the need for youth-led, co-created arts provision in the third most deprived ward in Islington. The project will engage 30 Young People aged 14-21 in creative mentoring and session work training them in transferable theatre-related skills to improve engagement, well-being, relationships and behavior. The cohort will explore their relationship to their area, and use theatre techniques to encourage debate, cohesion, resilience and creativity, giving participants the chance and skills to reflect on their surroundings, see the positives in working together and contribute positively to their community. It will culminate with a performance event for the local community in late 2019.


Volunteer and employment opportunities will be available to participants across the Pleasance’s operations in London and Edinburgh, both during and post-programme.


It is part of a broader intergenerational project initiated by Pleasance Theatre Trust and The Working Party which aims to run till 2020.



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