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Young People

Whitworth Young Contemporaries is our programme developed by and for young people, aged 15-25.

Arts Award

Thinking of getting your Arts Award? Get involved at the Whitworth.

How we can support your Arts Award – inspiring young people to develop arts and leadership skills

“I really enjoyed today. I have learnt lots of new techniques to add to my Arts Award portfolio”

Participant in Arts Award summer school workshop


Arts Award

Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that support anyone up to 25 grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in an art form - from fashion to film making, pottery to poetry.

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The Whitworthis an Arts Award Centre with trained advisors who are able to deliver bronze and silver Arts Awards.

We work in a number of different ways to support the delivery of Arts Awards to young people;

For Schools and Colleges


Arts Award: Discover and Explore

What is your Whitworth?

Is it a space for thinking and research, a place to view and find out about amazing artworks or a creative hub to learn and imagine ideas?

Discover and explore is designed to support anyone taking their Arts Award.

Arts Award: Bronze

Learn for about the diversity of arts practice This session is perfect for those embarking on their Bronze Arts Award. Use our collections to help your research into personal arts heroes. Meet with creative professionals to support your award.

For Students and young people

Free workshops and projects

Whitworth Young Contemporaries Makes

Our programme of Saturday arts workshops led by young emerging artists from Manchester and the North West.

Workshop programme

Look out for Arts Award at our summer festival – Circuit: WARP festival – June 25/ 26

Arts Award surgeries

Drop in to our Arts Award creative surgeries that aim to support you to develop and refine your arts portfolio. As part of our Thursday Lates programme, gallery staff will be on hand to answer any questions that you may have if you are thinking about your Arts Award. There will also be free artist led workshops to develop your personal portfolio.

Our next surgery will be held on Thursday 15 September 2016 (5pm – 8pm)

Leadership opportunities

We can support the leadership strand of your individual Arts Awards. Get in touch if you want help or advice in arranging:

Artist talks.

Reviews of exhibitions.

Tours of the building and behind the scenes.

Opportunities to meet staff who work at the Whitworth.

If you are a young person aged under 25 and would like to find out more or if you are a teacher or youth leader interested in how the Whitworth can support the delivery of Arts Award for a group of young people please email us


To find out what else is happening across the North West region to support your Arts Award visit Arts Council England’s Bridge organisation - Curious Minds