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Central to our vision is the support and development of emerging artists.

We are home to Kent Dance Network, Confidance who work with Learning Disabled Artists; Animate Arts who specialise in high quality participatory projects with all ages and abilities and Spark Film Production.

Other artists we support with creative space and/or mentoring include AoiEsteban working with Virtual Reality technology, James Wilton, Vinicius Salles, Mischief, Rosie Heafford, as well as several of our graduate companies. We support students and graduates from the University through internships and project opportunities such as Gulbenkian Uncovered.

My company’s work with the Gulbenkian has been some of the most rewarding we have embarked upon.
James Wilton
As a fledgling organisation, with very little funding, the Gulbenkian's generosity and support has been key for our survival - Dani Batchelor, Kent Dance Network

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.

Our projects with young people

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