YouthLab Summer 2019. Visit to Standard Practice Studio. Photo credit Owen Herbert.

YouthLab is CFCCA’s programme for young people (aged 16-25) who are interested in contemporary art and developing – or considering developing – 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 staff, artists and local, national and international practitioners to develop their skills and experience and work on live public-facing projects, supported by the CFCCA team.

You can follow YouthLab developments on Instagram @cfcca_youthlab.

CFCCA is an Arts Award Supporter, and participants in YouthLab are able to gain Arts Award Bronze and Silver, depending on the nature of the project.

YouthLab: Green Shoots – Call Out

We are currently seeking participants aged 16-25 from Greater Manchester for the new YouthLab project Green Shoots. We are forming a collective to work remotely on a digital project exploring what ‘green shoots’ can emerge out of the Covid-19 crisis, beginning with the question: What next for our city? This programme is intended to support you in developing your artistic / curatorial / design practice and using digital platforms to present your work and ideas.

CFCCA will facilitate 5 Zoom sessions from December to February, and offer regular 121 mentoring while you develop and produce your work. The project will result in an online publication developed by the cohort, made up of responses to the project. This will form part of CFCCA’s programme and will enter our Archive & Library Collection.

To apply, please download and complete the CFCCA x YouthLab – Green Shoots Call Out and send it to by 10am, Tuesday 8th December.

YouthLab Summer 2019. Print-making Workshop at Islington Mill with Hanaa Cara. Photo Credit Owen Herbert.