Burton Youth Collective

An opportunity for young people aged 14-19 years old who are interested in exploring a career in the arts

The Burton Youth Collective is a new initiative funded by Tate, which will allow young people to work with artists to improve their own creative skills while learning about how a creative institution works.

The group will meet fortnightly on a Wednesday evening, beginning on 1 November, from 6 – 8pm.  On the 18 November we will be opening an exhibition of Louise Bourgeois, courtesy of Tate, and a lot of the learning will be inspired by her methods and themes – which are wide ranging. Her work is very feminist, and explores ideas of motherhood, of belonging, anxiety and trauma, of friendship and relationships. She created soft sculptures out of fabrics, as well as large bronzes (you may be familiar with her spiders!) and also drawings and paintings.

During the sessions, participants will learn creative skills, and develop their own body of work guided by experienced facilitators and artists. Meanwhile, they will also have an opportunity to get involved in the life of the Burton, by having an insight into what we do as a museum and gallery. It may be that they can help at the Private View, or indeed they may choose to put an event on of their own. We’re open to ideas and actively encourage them!

Sessions will continue until around April 2024, and we’re hoping that the group will get to visit Tate Modern in London at around that time, where they will be given a guided tour behind the scenes.

This opportunity is funded by the Tate. Sessions are FREE and a commitment to attend all sessions is expected.

To register your interest, contact carole@theburton.org