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Young People

Whitworth Young Contemporaries

Young People

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

Whitworth Young Contemporaries
16-24 years olds

Whitworth Young Contemporaries is a group of young people who connect art, ideas, and communities. Due to Covid 19, we are running sessions via zoom as we explore how to take our Utopia exhibition digital.

We're excited to share the latest from WYC with you in 2021. The group has just finished creating a zine called Other Utopia. This project evolved from conversations around the Whitworth's Utopias exhibition and the Black Lives Matter movement, during the Covid 19 government lockdowns in 2020.

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

WYC Online Workshops, 2021 – via Zoom**

Whitworth Young Contemporaries have appointed three digital artists in residence who will lead these creative workshops on zoom.

Whitworth Augmented Reality at Home 
Wednesday 10 & 17 February, 6-7pm
Free, booking essential see details below*

Join emerging Artist, Curator, and Workshop Facilitator Helen Farley and bring the Whitworth in your home with Augmented Reality. Make and curate your own Augmented Reality exhibition.

You are your own brand
Wednesday 3 & 10 March, 6-7pm
Free, booking essential see details below*

We can often doubt our capabilities and lose sight of our strengths. The fact is that we do not need to come up with a brand to showcase ourselves, we are our own brand! If we own it and cultivate it, we can achieve our dreams! Exploring customising, social media, and themes around confidence; delve into the land of the silly and west with emerging artist and designer Polly from Westweaves.

Making History
Wednesday 24 & 31 March, 6-7pm
Free, booking essential see details below*

The phrase 'unprecedented times' has almost become a meme, but it is true we are living through an extraordinary moment. Join emerging artist Josie Tothill to look at artworks in the Whitworth's collection that embody the intersections of place, emotion, and events and use found objects to represent our experience and ask how people like us make history?

*How to book your free place

All workshops are FREE and open to people aged 16-24yrs.

If you’re interested in any of these events please register here, and we’ll be in touch with further details.

Email any questions to Sally Thelwell, the Youth Engagement Coordinator at the Whitworth.

WYC is currently a closed group with recruitment starting when the gallery reopens.
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
Facebook @whitworthyc

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