Manchester Art Gallery

Young people

Manchester Art Gallery is a space where young people can socialise and build networks with peers and professionals, try out creative activities for pleasure, education and career development, and influence what happens at this city centre institution.

Our informal group for young people is called Creative Consultants.  They hold creative meet up sessions as well as bigger events, projects and exhibitions that take place out of school and college hours.

We work with youth partners to make even more impact on our city and to discover new ways of doing things.

You can connect with us and keep updated on Instagram @MAGcreatives

Mailing list

Once your details are added to our mailing list you will be updated on all youth-focussed activity.  You can choose whether or not to take part and can ask to be removed from this list at any time.

To find out more or to be added to the mailing list contact Kate Day

Tel: 0161 2358840

Creative Consultants at Manchestert Art Gallery

Creative Consultants

This is a network for connecting 14-19 years olds from across the city.   During Creative Consultants’ meet-ups we use art to explore ideas and address issues that affect young people and the broader community.

Making art part of our lives and using art spaces to connect with each other sets us up with skills and ambition for life.  We welcome all young people and encourage people of all backgrounds to get involved.  No previous art education or knowledge necessary.

Sessions include art-making*, discussion, meeting artists and creative industry professionals, visits to other creative locations and venues, and planning and delivering projects and events.  These usually take place in the gallery at the weekends or on First Wednesdays(LINK) when the gallery is open until 9pm.**

Previous work includes a skills exchange workshop created by the young people at Creative Consultants Summer School 2019. Inspired by artist Tania Bruguera’s School of Integration the group investigated alternative school systems and ideas of empowerment to plan and deliver a public event.

*Art-making includes many things such as gardening, mindfulness practice, cooking, fashion, campaigning, social action, performance, events, and more, as well as traditional art and design practices like drawing, painting, printmaking,  sculpture, craft and design.

**Due to the Covid 19 pandemic these in-gallery sessions are currently on hold though we are looking at new ways of continuing this work.


Young people in the art Store at Manchester Art Gallery

Youth partnerships

If you work with young people and are interested in working together with Manchester Art Gallery please contact Lifelong Learning Manager Kate Day as above.

Manchester Art Gallery describes itself as a Useful Museum.  This means the art collections and gallery spaces are used for social and cultural change.   We work with youth organisations and providers to co-deliver sessions and projects for the benefit of the city’s young people and wider community.  We challenge ideas, find new ways of doing things and create opportunities for young people.

We have experience of working with models of co-production and value the breadth of expertise that exists within our communities.  We see benefits in working intergenerationally and interculturally.  We are looking for more ways to give young people a louder voice in our gallery and city.

Current areas of interest include climate change, decolonisation, Black Lives Matter, and education and careers futures for young people during and following the Covid 19 pandemic.  We are interested in hearing what you and the young people you work with are concerned with.

Previous partnership projects include Old Tools New Masters New Futures with Contact Young Company and Young Identity which explored what it means to decolonise public culture.

Formal education

We regularly work with colleges and universities.  For Higher Education please contact Kate Day as above.

For more information about our work with schools, colleges and Further Education please see our Schools and Colleges page.