Are you aged 14 – 19, creative and interested in developing a career in the arts?

YouthLab is a free 5 day Summer School run by Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art.

Using our unique position to provide a space where you can learn alongside both local and international arts professionals and artists. You will be taught through a mixture of practical workshops, cultural trips, group activities, creative practice and artist talks. As part of this you will spend one session at MadLab experimenting with the latest in digital technology.

Each session is planned and led by an experienced workshop leader. On completion of YouthLab you will attain a Bronze Arts Award, which is a nationally recognised certificate of achievement that can be used in future university and job applications.

You can see more information about the Art Award qualification here:

YouthLab runs from Monday 6 August to Friday 10 August, 10am to 3pm and is open to anyone aged 14-19.

No experience is required and is free, we also provide a travel bursary of £4 per day to get you to the gallery! (For more information on how to find us click the link here)

This opportunity is suitable for anyone who would like to be creative, meet new friends who share an interest in art, develop new skills and learn more about contemporary art.

Pre-registration required.

For more info and to sign up email or give us a call on 0161 832 7271, you can also join our taster workshop (details below)



Saturday 21 July, 12pm to 4pm

At Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA), 13 Thomas Street, Manchester

Open to everybody 14-19 years, no experience required.

A free, drop-in any time workshop where you can discover and explore contemporary styles of painting, and have a go yourself trying out some new techniques in this fun, informal hands on activity.

This session will also introduce our upcoming YouthLab 5-day programme, which will take place at the gallery in the first week of August during the school holidays.


YouthLab is supported by Awards for All by the National Lottery Fund.