Welcome to our Young People’s Programme

Are you aged 14 – 21? Find out more about what we can offer you for free!

Book in for practical artist-led workshops during school holidays and weekends, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, fashion, film, music, dance, drama and poetry. Drop-in  to free drawing sessions in the Gallery spaces.

Meet professional artists and other young people interested in portraiture.

Join our Youth Forum, a peer-led panel of young people who help organise events, and act as a steering group for the Gallery.

All sessions are free and explore aspects of portraiture in exciting and innovative ways, drawing inspiration from the Gallery’s Collection or exhibitions.

Find out what’s coming up here.

Got any feedback on the activities we offer for young people or ideas for future sessions? We would like to hear from you! Please email the Young People’s Programmes Manager


Pick up a Pencil: Drop-in Drawing for ages 14 – 21

Free monthly Drop-in Drawing sessions:
The third Saturday of the month, 14:00 – 16:00
‘Join us in front of the portraits for these new monthly drawing sessions, hosted by us – the Gallery’s Youth Forum members. We are a vibrant group of young people aged 14 – 21 who work with the Gallery to give a fresh perspective on its Collections and exhibitions.’

Use a wide variety of materials and be inspired by the Gallery’s Collection.

All you have to do is pick up a pencil. No need to book, just drop-in on the day.

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