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Young Visual Arts Group 2020 – 2021

This year the theme for Young Visual Arts Group is digital communication.

How do we view or explore connectivity in the digital age? What does it mean to 'be together' post Covid-19? Who is our online community? Throughout the project we will be exploring these questions as you take part in a digital programme developing and working towards an online event. This project will offer the opportunity to meet other creatives and take part in online meet-ups, artist-led workshops and work collectively to produce and curate a public, digital showcase. Taking ‘digital’ as a theme for this year’s Young Visual Arts Group, you will work collaboratively to create your own online community supported by Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning and Artist Mentor Jordan McKenzie.

The Young Visual Arts Group is a free programme for anyone between 16 and 25 who loves the visual arts. This programme welcomes anyone who is passionate about visual culture and excited to explore creating new ideas and working collaboratively with like-minded people. The Young Visual Arts Group are a group of up to 15 people who will work collectively towards a public online exhibition or event, developing skills in curating, marketing, design and project planning.

As part of the programme, members will work with Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning staff, as well as professional artists and facilitators who will support in developing creative practice and ideas. There will be a Lead Mentor role who helps to support the direction of the project and works closely with each member throughout. This will be Jordan McKenzie, a professional artist who has exhibited internationally and is a lecturer in Fine Art at University for the Arts, London.

You must be a Young Barbican member to participate. Sign up for Young Barbican for free and access discounted tickets to amazing art and entertainment.

Bursary information

If there are reasons that would prevent you from applying or participating in this programme such as travel childcare or access to technology or wifi, please let us know and see our bursary information for further details. Find out more information about the bursary scheme.


Participants will meet online via Zoom or Teams 2-3 times a month from October 2020 to April 2021. These sessions will include regular group workshops and meetings, as well as artist-led activities and showcase-planning sessions with Barbican Marketing, Digital, Curatorial and Production teams. Participants are expected to attend all the online sessions, taking place on

  • 2 x Wednesday evenings/ month, 6.30-8.30pm and 1 x Saturday/ 1-2 months, 11-4pm.  The first session will take place on Wednesday 28 October and all other session dates will be confirmed in due course.
  • There will be a friendly and relaxed, online recruitment session on Saturday 17 October, 11-4pm. We will be in touch a week or so before to confirm if you are invited to attend. After this day, you will be notified by Tuesday 20 October if you have been accepted as part of the 2020/2021 Young Visual Arts Group. 

Access requirements

If you would like to discuss any special access requirements you have for both the application process or the programme itself please contact the Creative Learning department on: [email protected].