Photograph of people at a Thursday Late at CFCCA

Thursday Lates at CFCCA 2018, photo by Joe Smith Photography

YouthLab is for young people aged 14 – 19 years old who are interested in art and considering a career in the arts. Through a series of free practical workshops, artist talks and cultural trips, young people 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 have a go at using the latest digital technologies. No prior experience is required, just an interest in art!

Thanks to the Peter Kershaw Trust we are continuing our monthly YouthLab social sessions every third Tuesday of the month in the Jasmine Suite here at CFCCA. Each session is based around developing a new skill and engaging with contemporary art through a practical workshop session led by artist Niki Colclough. Each session is FREE to attend and we can reimburse you any travel expenses up to £5 per session.

The next sessions are:

  • Tuesday 15 January, 5pm – 7pm
  • Tuesday 19 February, 5pm – 7pm
  • Tuesday 19 March, 5pm – 7pm
  • Tuesday 16 April, 5pm – 7pm
  • Tuesday 21 May, 5pm – 7pm

To attend just download and print out the registration form in the panel on the right hand side, and bring this in with you on your first session.

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.