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Young People

Whitworth Young Contemporaries

Young People

Whitworth Young Contemporaries is our programme developed by and for young people, aged 16-24.

Whitworth Young Contemporaries
16-24 years olds

Whitworth Young Contemporaries is a group of young people who connect art, ideas, and communities. We are currently running our sessions via zoom but we hope to meet again in person as it is safe enough to do so.

We're excited to share the latest from WYC with you in 2021. The group has just finished creating a zine called Liminal Space. Liminal Space leads on from the group's previous project, Other Utopias, which documented conversations the group was having on the Black Lives Matter movement during the pandemic in 2020. Liminal Space is a project built on the work of the Black Lives Matter movement to explore community grief and healing in a post-pandemic world.

Click this link to read or download the new WYC zine – Other Utopia

Our new WYC zine – Liminal Space will be here w/c 27 September!

WYC Online Workshops, 2021 – via Zoom*

Whitworth Young Contemporaries have appointed Short Supply to work with us for our upcoming sessions.

Short Supply is directed by Mollie Baldshaw and Rebekah Bearsley, along with coordinator Grace Collins. Short Supply bridge the gap between early-career artists and the more established art world, breaking the cycle of needing work to gain a reputation and needing a reputation to get work. Instead of waiting for people with more experience to pay attention to emerging artists, they have been creating that platform for artists themselves.

Beasley, Balshaw, and Collins are also artists who make work that challenges structures, works around the female body, gender, and sexuality, and artwork that documents collaborative practice.

Our first sessions back after the summer break:

Thursday 7 & 21 October, 6-7.30pm
Free, booking essential see details below

Join artist and practitioner, Grace Collins from Short Supply for our first session where we will be discussing Joy. 

If you’re interested in any of these events please email Dominic Bilton, the Student and Youth Engagement Producer at the Whitworth and they will be in touch with more details.

To find out more or suggest project ideas follow us on Instagram @whitworthyc or email

For the latest WYC news and information follow us:

Twitter @whitworthYC
Instagram @whitworthyc
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Image: Whitworth Young Contemporaries, Utopias exhibition, 2020. Photo: Raymond Chan

**Please note:
 All Whitworth events are run on the understanding that all participants will be respectful and thoughtful to others. It is our responsibility to create spaces online that are welcoming and safe. Any behaviour that affects our ability to maintain such values will not be tolerated and attendees will be removed by the host.


We're delighted to be receiving support from Cass Art