Digital & Design Lab and new gallery at City Lit – developing skills for London’s future
City Lit has been selected for funding by The Mayor of London to create a brand new gallery space and digital and design facility at its centre in Covent Garden. Sadiq Khan announced the investment from the Skills for Londoners initiative he set up in 2017, which is aimed at making sure all Londoners have the opportunity to train in the skills to thrive in the modern economy.
The City Lit project was one of seven selected for funding, from 23 applications. With almost 60,000 enrolments every year, City Lit is the capital’s largest provider of short courses for adults.
The investment will help create a digital & design lab to improve critical skills and employability for London’s future economic success, particularly vital for sustaining London’s pre-eminent position as the leading centre for the creative industries. Bringing digital and design courses together in a multifunctional space, will enable us to deliver on developing multi-disciplinary collaborations and skills.
In addition, the new gallery will provide a unique West End showcase for learners’ work and celebrate our communities of practice, whilst developing student skills in organisation, curation and the promotion of work. The gallery will also create a more welcoming and open environment fit for a modern approach to lifelong learning.
City Lit’s Executive Director External Engagement, Phil Chamberlain, said: ‘Our overall purpose at the College is to ensure that learners come together, so that our classes are alive with different insights and experiences – led and nurtured by expert tutors. This new development will further this, and help our students leave feeling invigorated, part of a strong community with a greater sense of balance and wellbeing.’
‘We want to build high quality, well designed learning spaces that are attractive places for learners and businesses to utilise. We pride ourselves in our open campus – there are no barriers to entry – and we are looking to create a community space for people to meet, learn and share ideas; a digital and design hub to bring our expertise into one interactive, inclusive learning space; and a gallery space to inspire and encourage wellbeing through the arts.’
City Lit was also successful in three other small bids for funding for smaller projects: to enhance student experience, improve classroom environments and replace furniture.