You can help Gulbenkian and the artists we work with during this challenging time. Please donate today.

Having to close for an extended period is having a significant impact on the finances of arts organisations across the country, as well as on individual artists and small companies we work with.

At Gulbenkian we have taken the decision to support our artists, by rescheduling events where possible and paying artists where we can even if we have to cancel.

Please support us and them at this difficult time if you can. 

Thank you

About Gulbenkian

Gulbenkian offers a vital creative outlet for hundreds of young people in Kent, but we have to do more.

In 2018, we reached more than 8000 children and young people through our creative learning activities including our pioneering ART31 project.

Over 25,000 people attended our family theatre and cinema programmes, including the bOing! International Family Festival.

We hosted over 600 creative sessions for children and young people, involving more than 100 artists.

But we want to do more!

With your help we will give more young people the space to meet and share amazing, creative experiences with each other, to rub shoulders with professional artists and practitioners, to grow as individuals and learn for themselves how to use the arts to transform their own lives.

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‘ART31 helped us make the piece- they helped finance the piece, they helped us with building relationships around the piece for touring. Harlan Rust, one of the dancers spent that last few days working with two local schools and colleges, so he’s making curtain raisers for them. So he’s made two, five minute pieces for each group and they’re going to perform those pieces, and then they’re going to watch the piece and hopefully relate what they’ve learnt over the past few days to what they see in the space.’  James Wilton, James Wilton Dance

The opportunities the Gulbenkian is providing are amazing, and I hope they continue.
Sammy Black, Teacher, Herne Bay Juniors
ART31 has given me so many new skills and has allowed me to develop confidence and self belief.
Sophie, Youth Board Member
Our daughter has really found her talent for dance through opportunities at Gulbenkian. Thankyou for all of your support
Parent

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ART31

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.

ART31 is supported by a network of cultural partners across the county, a number of whom have been inspired to adopt the ART31 ethos, including Pie Factory Music, Jasmin Vardimon Company and partners leading the Theatre31 project in Medway and Sheppey.

The ART31 Youth Board have had great success with programming and co-commissioning, working with a wide range of practitioners from across the cultural and creative industries. They have developed the ART31 manifesto and have challenged policymakers and enabled change so that more young people across the county, from a range of diverse backgrounds, can experience high quality arts and culture.

Below are our current projects and groups:

Our projects with young people