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Cafe Opening Times - Sat 18 May

Please note, due to unforeseen circumstances Gulbenkian Cafe will only be open 10am – 6pm on Sat 18 May. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Cafe Refurbishment

27 Jun 2021

Our cafe is currently undergoing major renovation work due to be completed in August 2021.

Excitingly this is the culmination of a long-awaited project to develop a separate performance space, at the end of the café area, that can be closed off when in use.  As a part of the project the cafe area has been redesigned  to create a vibrant and colourful dining area and foyer space for all to enjoy.

With the support of £100,100 funding from the Arts Council, the project will transform its central foyer space so that it better connects the wide range of people and activities that visit and use the venue. The work, which includes installation of new lighting and furniture, will support Gulbenkian’s ambition to offer more diverse cultural programmes and enhance its potential to generate income. Sustainability and inclusivity will sit at the heart of the project.

This funding from Arts Council England will enable us to develop our café/foyer at the heart of our venue into a thriving creative space. It will allow us to offer an increasingly diverse programme, more creative opportunities for young people and local communities, and to enhance the visitor experience for our many different audiences.

The funding comes from the Arts Council’s capital funding, designed to gives organisations the right buildings and equipment to be able to produce and present great work and to support artists, audiences and the communities where they are located.

Concept Design Artwork by SEA Design Group




ART31 takes its name from Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child, which states that ‘Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities’.

ART31 is a vision created with, by, and for young people in Kent, championing the belief that all children and young people have an entitlement to access high quality arts and culture, to empower them to achieve their creative potential, and to genuinely engage young people as equal partners in any decision making that affects them.

The ART31 Youth Board is made up of young people from across Kent aged 13-25 who steer its governance, and influence policy and practice across the county and beyond, challenging the creative sector to examine existing ways of working and integrate young people into the core of their practice.

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