How to engage young people with the gallery

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    Bart Lodewijks workshop at Whitechapel Gallery in 2014. Photo Richard Eaton

Past Event

This event was on Saturday 13 February

As well as being places to see exhibitions, Galleries are also important hubs for young people to explore and discuss visual art. Led by experts, this course will cover how to:

  • Create and sustain meaningful collaborations with young people: young people, independent visitors, long-term programmes, youth forums
  • Enable a space for access and insight into the gallery
  • How to develop collective decision making processes and programming
  • Generate ideas, debate, experimentation from beyond the institution


10am – 5pm
Lunch and refreshments provided

The Art Fund supports this ‘How to: Inside the Gallery’ series by offering a number of fully funded places per course for curators and museum and gallery professionals. The deadline is 18 December 2015, to apply, head to the Art Fund Website.

Sofia Victorino

Sofia Victorino is Daskalopoulos Head of Education and Public Programmes at the Whitechapel Gallery and is responsible for leading a programme of artists’ residencies, commissions, schools and community projects, talks and events. Previously Head of Education and Public Programmes at Serralves Museum of Contemporary art, Porto (2002-2011), her research interests focus on socially engaged and collaborative art practices, the impact of globalisation in cultural institutions and programming, and the place of the performative in reconfiguring new relationships with the public.

Paul Crook

Paul Crook is an artist, currently completing his postgraduate studies at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University. Until July 2015 he was Curator: Youth Programmes at the Whitechapel Gallery. During his time at the Gallery, the Whitechapel’s Youth Forum was awarded the 2015 CECA Best Practice Award by the International Council of Museums.

He has developed projects, events and exhibitions in collaboration with young adults from across London, including White Li(n)es (2014), with Bart Lodewijks and The Academy Goes Public (2012) with Elmgreen & Dragset and the South London Gallery. He was previously Assistant Curator: Community Programmes working on the commission Give to Me the Life I Love (2012) with Matt Stokes and the publication Gallery as Community (2012) and Reclaim The Mural (2013).

Nicola Sim

Nicola Sim is a researcher and event producer working on a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership with Tate and The University of Nottingham. Her PhD focuses on partnerships between galleries and the youth sector. She has previously worked as Curator: Public Programmes and Schools Officer at Whitechapel Gallery and as a freelance researcher for South London Gallery, Tate Britain and Freelands Foundation.