Contemporary Art Week 2024

  • Film photograph of young woman from above painting a yellow flower onto a blue coloured piece of paper

    Courtesy of the artist

Free entry

Monday 29 July – Thursday 1 August, 10.30am-4pm daily

Creative Studio

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Contemporary Art Week

15-19, from East London, and enjoy making art with others?

Get involved this summer in this year’s Contemporary Art Week led by visual artist Alaa Alsaraji. You can expect a week filled with art making, workshops from guest artists, and space to explore your connection to creativity, wellbeing and belonging through activities and discussions.

To take part, apply by 10am, Thursday 18 July

Apply here

Our annual Contemporary Art Week is open to young people aged 15-19, with priority given to those based in East London, and those from backgrounds currently underrepresented in the arts. No previous art experience is necessary.

Places will be allocated throughout the application period, so we encourage applying early to avoid disappointment.

About Alaa Alsaraji

Alaa Alsaraji is a visual artist and creative facilitator. Her practice involves working with community and school groups and is centred around the themes of belonging, reimagining space and community. She draws from her own experience of migration and displacement to connect on how universal feelings of ‘belonging’ and connectedness can be collectively expressed.

She is the arts editor of Khidr Collective, a multidisciplinary artist collective creating platforms and spaces for young Muslim creatives through the annual Khidr Zine and online platform.

In her role as a trainee Art Psychotherapist, she uses arts as a tool to support people in self.

Find out more about our Youth Programme for 15-24s and our youth collective Duchamp & Sons here.

Please email if you have any questions about this programme.