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Young Visual Arts Group

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Are you deeply passionate about the visual arts? Excited to create new work, explore new ideas and work collaboratively? Aged 16-25?

Then our Young Visual Arts Group is for you.

The Young Visual Arts Group is a two-year programme for people aged between 16 and 25 who are deeply passionate about developing their skills in the visual arts alongside other young people.

The group is co-led by artist Jordan McKenzie and Creative Learning. Participants receive mentoring and guidance from artists and visual arts sector leaders, develop their artistic skills in specialist workshops, and exhibit their work in a co-curated group exhibition or event at the Barbican.

The project involves evening and weekend sessions from October until April, with participants involved for two years. Young Visual Arts Group has a collaborative attitude at its heart, with participants empowered to help shape the programme and its outcomes.

Applications are now closed.

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Online Exhibition


Young Visual Arts Group 2020/21

An online and free exhibition featuring works by 14 emerging artists, all members of our Young Visual Arts Group.

Working virtually together since November 2020, the group have made works that make sense of the world today and how we got here, bringing us together as we look forward to the future. The works presented include film, photography and textile alongside participatory community projects. Regenerate also includes writings from the artists and a public programme of events to further explore the ideas behind the exhibition.

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‘You can immerse yourself in all the varying forms of art, be part of a really friendly group and develop ideas you wouldn’t have the materials or opportunity to otherwise‘
Past Participant
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Watch: Celebrating 10 Years of Creative Learning

When we create, we add something new that didn't exist in the world before that moment. 

Learn more about the work and impact of Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning as we celebrate our 10 year anniversary in 2019. 

With thanks

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Young Visual Arts Group is supported by Arts Council England and City Bridge Trust.