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Youthlab is open to young people aged 14-19 living in Greater Manchester. We meet weekly on Tuesdays, 5-7pm. No experience necessary to take part in our, free, fun and informal arts workshops & learning.

On Tuesday 24th October we are hosting a unique session to welcome new participants to Youthlab. If you would like more information before joining please contact Abi (Engagement Coordinator) on: abigail@cfcca.org.uk / 0161 832 7271.

During your time with Youthlab you will take part in workshops, meet artists & gallery staff, visit other cultural spaces, research things that interest you and share your skills with others. The main aims of the group will be to allow young people the opportunity to provide views, ideas and fresh perspectives to inform the galleries future programme and events.

Recently, Youthlab have made stop motion animations, hosted their own block printing workshop, produced an exhibition, collaborated with Whitworth Young Contemporaries and learnt how use creative technology at MadLab.

As part of Youthlab you can work towards achieving an Arts Award Bronze, a unique qualification provided by Arts Award which supports young people to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with & take part in the wider arts world.

CFCCA can offer a small travel bursary of up to £5 per session per participant for public transport to the gallery to attend Youthlab. Please present your valid bus/tram/train tickets at the start of each session.


We asked some of Youthlab’s participants to tell us why they decided to get involved:

“I want a career in fashion and wanted to do art to expand my creative skills. The idea of being attached to an art gallery also appealed to me” - Emily, aged 17.

“I was interested in doing the Arts Award and I wanted to join a club outside of school” - Shawayne, aged 16.

“I would like to develop my skills and build my portfolio” - Caitlyn, aged 17.