YouthLab is CFCCA’s programme for young people who are interested in contemporary art and considering a career in the arts and culture sector. Through a series of free practical workshops, artist talks and cultural trips, those who take part are offered the opportunity to work alongside CFCCA and local, national and international practitioners to develop their skills and experience.

YouthLab will help you to learn more about contemporary art, develop new skills and meet like-minded creatives. No prior experience is required, just an interest in art!

In August 2019 we will run YouthLab Summer 2019: a 5-day experiment in art-making and collectivity, open to all aged 16-21 with an interest in art. You’ll learn how art can function to change society, how we can re-think and take ownership of art galleries and public spaces, and discover alternative approaches to art education through a mix of practical hands-on workshops and creative discussion. You’ll work with like-minded creatives to produce new artworks.

To sign up for the summer school, please download and complete a Registration Form and send to youthlab@cfcca.org.uk . If you are under 18 you will permission from a Parent / Guardian.

You can also follow YouthLab developments on Instagram @cfcca_youthlab.

Last year we  ran the YouthLab Summer School which took place from 6 – 10 August 2018. Participants developed their individual portfolios with workshops in music production, social media, 3D design, collage and curating and visited the Manchester Craft and Design Centre, took part in a workshop at MadLab and met the then artist in residence, Ye Hida, to find out more about her practice.