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Young People

Young People

Whitworth Young Contemporaries is our programme developed by and for young people, aged 11-24.

WYC After-School Programme
11-16 year olds
Thursdays, 3-6pm. Free, drop in.

A series of after-school workshops for 11-16 year olds. Join artist Helen Newman and be inspired by the Whitworth's collection.
If you have more questions, email Sally our Youth Engagement Coordinator:

Spring Term
28 February, 7,14,21,28 March and 4 April 2019

Summer Term
6,13,20,27 June, 4 and 11 July 2019


Whitworth Young Contemporaries
16-24 years olds

Whitworth Young Contemporaries is a group of young people who connect art, ideas and communities. The group meets weekly on a Thursday from 6-8pm, to plan and deliver a programme of social activism with the aim of making a difference in our local communities.

What we do:

WYC Presents – Music, Visual and performance events

WYC Makes – Artist workshops led by emerging artists

WYC Speaks – Debate, discussion

WYC Collective
Interested in art, ideas and your community? Join the WYC Collective, a group of like-minded people aged 16-24 to explore exhibitions and programme activity. 
Every Thursday from 6-8pm To get involved email


WYC Activates
18-24 year olds

Do you have an idea for a project but don’t quite know where to start?
Whitworth Young Contemporaries have two £500 opportunities to support creative projects that make a difference in your community.
To mark the bi-centenary of artist and art critic John Ruskin’s birth, the Whitworth will explore Ruskin’s lesser known role as a social reformer.
A passionate voice against industry’s exploitation of people and environment. Throughout the 19th Century, Ruskin campaigned for collectivity over individualism, and moral wealth over monetary gain.

What you will get:

• Mentoring from industry professionals
• Support to develop project management skills
• £500 to make your project happen

Who you are:

• A young person aged 18-24 with an idea for a community project
• An interest in working collaboratively with people from all backgrounds
• Available for a minimum of 5 days to realise your project between 29 March – 9 June 2019, in your community and the gallery

Please tell us in 300 words or less your idea, who you would like to work with and how it makes a difference to your community.
Deadline for applications is Thursday 28 February 2019 Interviews take place on Thursday 7 March 2019


To find out more or suggest project ideas please contact
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