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The city is packed with creative courses for young people

The National Portrait Gallery‘s Young People‘s Programme The National Portrait Gallery‘s Young People‘s Programme - © Gisela Torres/National Portrait Gallery, London

Never let it be said there's nothing for young people in London to do. The city's cultural institutions run a huge range of workshops and activities aimed at teenagers, covering all manner of creative pursuits. From DJing to dance, painting to performance, video editing to event production there are opportunities all year round to hone some skills, make new friends and get behind the scenes at London's biggest venues.

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  • Roundhouse

    Chalk Farm Rd, London, NW1 8EH

    The Roundhouse hosts an impressive range of workshops and courses for participants aged 11-25 covering music, creative media and performing arts, all based at the high-tech Roundhouse Studios. Projects include music production, filming and editing, journalism, drama and circus skills. You can audition for the Roundhouse Choir or Music Collective, try out radio, circus and DJing at weekly drop-in nights (only £2 per session) or contribute to the award-winning Roundhouse Radio. Check out the Roundhouse website for full details.

  • South London Gallery

    65 Peckham Rd, London, SE5 8UH

    The SLG has a number of ongoing, often refreshingly quirky, projects for teenagers. The gallery's Art Assassins, a peer-led group of 13- to 19-year olds, meet every Thursday with the aim of gaining an insight into the workings of a contemporary art gallery, collaborating with artists and curators to create a programme of events for other young people. To find out about joining the Art Assassins email ashley@southlondongallery.org or see the South London Gallery website.

  • BAC

    Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN

    BAC's Homegrown is a creative programme for 12- to 25-year-olds, held every Thursday evening (5-7pm ages 12-17; 7.30-9.30pm ages 18-25). Drop-in workshops are led by professional theatre-makers and musicians who can help participants develop their skills as well as giving an insight into working in the theatre. Each workshop costs £4 and for 2011 the autumn term begins on Sept 29. Go to the BAC website for more info.

  • Old Vic

    103 The Cut, Waterloo Rd, London, SE1 8NB

    The Old Vic provides mentoring and nurturing for new creative talent aiming for a career in theatre. The New Voices Club provides the chance for young writers, producers, actors and directors to meet like-minded peers at a series of social events, masterclasses and workshops run year-round by industry professionals including the theatre’s artistic director and Hollywood veteran Kevin Spacey. See the Old Vic website for full details.

  • Tate Galleries

    Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

    The Tate Collective is an initiative offering young people aged 15-25 an opportunity to discuss, make, critique and explore art. Participants can work collaboratively with artists to exchange new across art platforms and new media in response to exhibitions at Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Visit the Tate website to find out more.

  • Dulwich Picture Gallery

    7 Gallery Rd, London, SE21 7AD

    Dulwich Picture Gallery hosts an array of arty activities aimed at young people, ranging from one-day intensives to after-school courses. Projects include portfolio development, life drawing, block printing, mosaics, quilting and more. Find the current programme on the Dulwich Picture Gallery website.

  • Wigmore Hall

    36 Wigmore St, London, W1U 2BP

    Top chamber music venue Wigmore Hall hosts a range of workshops and activities giving 8- to 25-year-olds the chance to join in with chamber music and song as performers, listeners and composers. The venue is also recruiting a team of Young Producers to dream up, curate and produce a 45-minute gig to take place in 2012. Go to the Wigmore Hall website for more info.

  • Saatchi Gallery

    Duke of York's HQ, King's Rd, London, SW3 4SQ

    The Saatchi Gallery hosts interactive workshops for families or groups of friends based around the gallery's current exhibition. Workshops can be booked via the gallery's education department: education@saatchigallery.com.

  • National Theatre

    South Bank, London, SE1 9PX

    The National Theatre’s Entry Pass is a young person’s membership scheme that offers £5 tickets to NT shows, free pre- and post-show talks and backstage tours, and exclusive access to a range of theatre-related workshops. Age 16-25. The National Theatre website has details of the latest events.

  • Half Moon Young People's Theatre

    43 White Horse Rd, London, E1 OND

    The Half Moon's inclusive policy places particular emphasis on engaging those often excluded by ethnicity and disabilities. Their broad participatory programme, which goes out to youth theatres and schools, is a vital extension of this. Within their East End hub, two studios provide a calendar of performance for children aged from six months, while kids can join one of a range of youth theatre groups. See the full programme on the Half Moon Young People's Theatre website.

  • Somerset House

    The Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

    Somerset House's Studio Days are for young people aged 13-18. Regular workshops exploring painting, drawing, design, printmaking and sculpture are supported by experienced art practitioners. Find out what classes are coming up on the Somerset House website.

  • National Portrait Gallery

    St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

    The NPG's Young People's Programme includes practical art, music, photography, poetry and dance workshops, led by well-known artists, which aim to explore various aspects of portraiture, inspired by the gallery’s collection and exhibitions. Day-long Sunday Sessions are held on the first Sunday of the month, while holiday workshops take place over two or three days, usually culminating in a performance or private view. The free-to-join creative Youth Forum – a social group for budding artists – meets on the first Thursday evening of the month. All events and workshops are free and run throughout the year. Go to the National Portrait Gallery website for more info.


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WYIN Innovations
WYIN Innovations

Hello, We have an art exhibition coming up on February 2nd 2014 in Croydon, London. We are looking for young artists aged between 16 and 25 to participate in this event. If you are a Graphic Artist, Illustrative Artist, Fine Art Artist, Contemporary Artist, Photography Artist or Fashion Design Artist and are interested in this exhibition, please do not hesitate to contact me at info@wyinnovations.com and i'll guide you through everything you need to know. We help young artists exhibit their work and you get a high percentage if work sells. This will be an excellent opportunity for you to show off your work, get feedback and possibly sell your work. This will not be a waste of time for you, it is a win-win if you are any of the artists above, if you're even a little bit interested please send us an email. Kind Regards, WYIN Innovations info@wyinnovations

sara
sara

hi i'm 15 years old and i'm looking for a summer course like sports course (yoga,zumba,volleyball..) or art course. NOT A COLLAGE but daily course, for a copple of weeks on june or july. i'm from italy. please send me an email, sagu98@hotmail.it thanks

Grace
Grace

Hi, I'm 14 years old and looking for any fashion design courses or workshops for my Arts Award. Please email me if you know about any in London. Thanks! :)

Marion
Marion

I'm filming a series of 'Vox Pops' style interviews for an educational ELT video series with an extremely low budget. We're looking for English and international teens, aged 14 to 20 to answer a few questions about themselves, their use of social media and their day-to-day habits. Filming will take place in our production offices in Soho and will be supervised by an ELT specialist, as far as language is concerned. We think this could be a good opportunity for aspiring young actors or presenters to gain more experience with a video crew and being in front of the camera. Participants will need to make their way to central London and will be offered a drink and snacks. Once the edit is finished they will also get a copy of the clips to use in their show reel. If interested please email me at: marion.cottave@silversunmg.com

Mark Reid
Mark Reid

Future Film @ BFI presents DIY Film Fortnight Complete your summer with a crash course in DIY filmmaking at BFI Southbank. To celebrate our forthcoming Gothic season we’ll challenge you to make the best gothic short films possible. We’ll cover everything from planning and production to editing and SFX. At the end of the course we’ll show the final films on the big screen in front of industry professionals and invited guests. The course is £40 for the fortnight (that’s just £4 a day!) and runs from Fri 16 Aug to Fri 30 Aug 10:00 – 16:00 each day. Limited spaces available. https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/Online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=2CDC7EA6-9D29-4FD7-8B96-3CAE0564EF31&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id=1642F680-EE9C-4B5A-B926-A365662C912E

ELOCUTE!
ELOCUTE!

So here's another one... ELOCUTE! training and workshops for young people in London. - Speak! Debate! Present! Interview! - helpful and loads of fun! check out www.elocuteworkshops.com

Lizzie
Lizzie

I am 15 and a passionate writer. I absolutely love to write and I am looking for creative writing/journalistic writing courses in South-East London during the summer holidays. 22nd July-31st August 2013 I will appreciate any information regarding this. Thanks :D

chantelle
chantelle

me and my friends want to be a girls group but are singing is alright but we want to be come better then this and hope we can get far with are voices thank you

Geoff Marriott
Geoff Marriott

I am bringing a group of 16 IB Art students to London in october for 3 days, I would like them to participate in workshops or seminars if possible any ideas on seminars/workshops etc that have been successful for you? Students are all about 16-17 years of age.

Michelle
Michelle

I am looking for basic fashion designer/clothing making, arts & performer, if there any training course. I am deaf myself so if any one of u know and email me.

Arakshya Thakuri
Arakshya Thakuri

im 15 and im trying to find architect class or art class which can help me for my future to be an architect does anyone know any classes at london

Manikantadas
Manikantadas

I was a theatre practitioner from the last years. Now I am starting to practice Teenage Theatre . To develop a Curriculum on Teenage Theatre , I need the hearty co-oparation of theatre lovers. Through here I am welcomming such pesonalities, please react.

Rawmatterial
Rawmatterial

Rawmatterial launches its first studio laboratory, a practice rarely encountered in the U.K., with a theatre approach that has never been explored in the land of Shakespeare ever before. Addressed to theatre professionals and drama students alike, this 10-day workshop will take place in the beautiful Poetry Café in Covent Garden, London and will explore Oscar Wilde’s lesser known texts (The Decay of Lying, De Profundis, etc..). The laboratory will be conducted by theatre director and pedagogue Stéphane Poliakov and actress and researcher Maria Gaitanidi, using a dramatic analysis of the text for the action and put in practice with the method of the étude, as developed by Russian Master Anatoli Vassiliev. Click on the links for more information. Dates: 17- 28 April (Sun 22 and Mon 23 off) Time: 11am-4pm Participation Fee: £250 for the entire 10-day period* Applications are also open to international candidates; the leaders speak English, French, Italian and Greek. Places are limited to 12 so please send a CV and a short paragraph explaining why you want to participate to Sylvain, info@rawmatterial.org. Selected participants will be emailed details about what they have to prepare before the workshop and other practical requirements. Deadline for application: 1st April *We are committed to keeping the fee as low as possible to promote a broad access to our 50 hours workshops. Please note that for this reason, we are unable to grant any discount or concession.

Emma
Emma

Theatre Tribe Academy! Amazing courses for young people who love Musical Theatre. Brilliant to work with West End professionals in the holidays - definitely check it out for experiences in 2012 - www.theatretribe.co.uk

anisa
anisa

im 13 me and my friend are looking for a fashion photography course in south london or moderate distance we have searching for ages does anyone know one that doesnt cost a fortune

lucy
lucy

I am looking for a short or long free fashion or make up course ! does anyone know of any ?

LindyYong
LindyYong

I am 15 years old. Ive been looking for a beauty course for ages and I cant find one , im serious about becoming and learning about makeup and i want to enhance my skills learning. Can you help me find a good course in West London which i can attend?

Sarah Wood
Sarah Wood

How about the V&A? Create! is an exciting programme of workshops, courses, and free events for 11 to 19 year olds, linked to the V&A collections and exhibitions on Fashion, Digital and Graphic Design and Performance. There are exciting events all year, not least the Fashion Festival coming soon on 8th October! www.vam.ac.uk/create

Carla Mitchell
Carla Mitchell

How about Four Corners film and photography centre in Bethnal Green? Runs great workshops - www.fourcornersfilm.co.uk Or the Little Angel Theatre puppet workshops for young people?

Andrea Blades
Andrea Blades

Hello, I am a teacher at ICS school and teach technology, I am trying to find or set up a link with different technology schools/workshops or colleges in the area as we have no workshop facilities (Edware road). Thank you Kind regards Andrea Blades