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*FREE* Autumn Creative Engagement programmes at Gulbenkian!

11 Aug 2021

The Gulbenkian is proud to announce the launch of new, creative programmes for children and young people aged 5 to 25 this Autumn! Thanks to funding from Arts Council England and Kent County Council, these sessions will all be free of charge.

New to Gulbenkian are the Creative Club for ages 5-12, in which a different artist will lead 10 weekly workshops, giving children a chance to try out new art forms and discover their creativity, and the Gulbenkian Performance Company for ages 19-25, who will devise work as a group and build performance skills in a fun, relaxed environment.

After a break during the COVID lockdown period, we will also bring back our successful Youth Theatre for ages 13-18. Sessions give the opportunity to perform and gain theatre-making skills, with a focus on creativity, building confidence and making new friends along the way.

We will also be running Tech31 and Screen31 which remain free to access programmes, designed to give young people practical training in technical theatre and filmmaking.

The Creative Engagement Manager at Gulbenkian, Becky Lees, said:

“The past 18 months have been a particularly challenging time for young people, with lockdowns depriving many of key milestones in their lives and causing additional stress and isolation, so it feels a more important time than any to ensure all young people have the opportunity to access these creative groups which will support social skills and confidence and improve mental wellbeing.”

Booking is open for the Autumn 2021 term now via Any questions please contact


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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