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About Gulbenkian

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

We reach more than 8000 children and young people each year through our creative learning activities including our pioneering ART31 project.

Over 20,000 people attend our family theatre and cinema programmes, including the bOing! International Family Festival.

We host 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.


‘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


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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