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


Recruiting for the Gallery’s Youth Forum

Are you aged 14-21? Would you like to get involved behind the scenes of the Gallery and help to make the Gallery a more youth friendly place?

We are recruiting for Youth Forum (the Gallery’s peer-led advisory panel) during September and October – to join a session please email the Young People’s Programmes Manager

We meet on the first Thursday evening of the month, run our own event, Pick up a Pencil , on the third Saturday of the month and get to take part in other exciting opportunities.

Want to find out more? Take a look at our website pages and Facebook page or join us at the next Pick up a Pencil.



Image banner: Masquerade © Benedict Johnson Photography Limited
Image 1 credit: Moving through time with Siobhan Davies Dance © Benedict Johnson Photography Limited
Image 2 credit: Photograph Elizabeth Doak © National Portrait Gallery, London