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Young People

The Sainsbury Centre runs regular projects and workshops for young people wanting to engage with art. We offer a range of opportunities for young people to develop their creative practice. Young people can choose to work with professional artists to learn new skills and techniques or develop projects in response to the Sainsbury Centre collections and exhibitions.

Young Associates

Young Associates are a group of young people aged 16-25 years old who work together to devise and deliver visual arts projects in response to the Sainsbury Centre collections, work closely with staff to curate public events and exhibitions for the Sainsbury Centre programme, work with contemporary artists and engage with current issues in art and culture. Please see below for more information about previous projects. 

Arts Award  

The Sainsbury Centre is an Arts Award Supporter, offering young people between the ages of 15-25 the opportunity to gain an Arts Award, a national qualification from Trinity College London.


Portfolio is a series of one-day workshops ideal for GCSE or A-Level students, or for anyone wishing to build their portfolio. Participants work directly with an artist to experiment and develop their art practice in a supportive environment. Each one-day course is packed full of activities designed to help stimulate ideas and build confidence in young people’s practice. Participants have the opportunity to develop their skills in a number of different settings and contexts: working in the galleries, outside and in the studio.