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Coronavirus pandemic closure

Gulbenkian and Colyer-Fergusson Concert Hall are currently closed. Visit our Coronavirus Update news page for the latest on this.

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.


‘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

Also from the Gulbenkian

Our work with young people

Children and Young People are at the heart of what we do, as audience members, as participants and as thought leaders.

Through our landmark ART31 project we are working with young people and partners in Kent to create new opportunities through the arts for under 25's across the county.

Below are some of our current projects focused on the development of young people.

Our projects with young people