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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, 3.15-6pm. 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:

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

WYC Activates are commissioned by Whitworth Young Contemporaries to support young people develop creative projects that make a difference in their communities.
The following events are part of WYC Activates and the Joy For Ever event series.

The Student House Stories
Saturday 1 June, 12-4pm
Free, drop in. All welcome

Born out of a frustration of the student community being overlooked and often exploited, Get It Done are working with housing charity Shelter to explore student housing issues and utopia.
Alongside unacceptable living conditions and difficult landlords, lots of students face not being able to afford their housing, which in cases results in hidden homelessness, mental health issues and we’ve even encountered students not being able to eat because they literally can’t afford to.
Working directly in student households, Get It Done will be leading a series of creative summits; workshop days in which students can reflect on what utopia can mean to them, cultivating a space for dialogue on student housing issues and action needed to tackle them and asking how we can reimagine student spaces.
Working with each household to produce a micro-project reflective of their summit, we'll be displaying all of these in an interactive exhibition and event on June 1st. Come and listen to the voices of the Manchester student community!

Programmed by Get It Done, artist collective and community organisation based in Manchester.

Colourxway Performance & Open mic
Thursday 6 June, 6-8pm
Free, drop-in. All welcome

A night of music, poetry and entertainment showcasing the talent of young people who attended a series of workshops programmed by Colourxway.
With the collective hope of displaying what their art means to them, join their night of expression and express yourself with a joint open mic afterwards.


To find out more or suggest project ideas please contact
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