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YAK – Young Art Kommunity

Develop your approach to and understanding of art with other young people.

Young Art Kommunity (YAK) is Firstsite’s young-people peer-led group which meets weekly to organise events and activities within the gallery and the wider community.

This group offers a supportive environment where young people can gain experience, develop their confidence and learn new skills.

These relaxed and informal sessions include artist-led workshops, skill sharing, visits to other cultural venues and events, and the potential to progress your own personal creative projects.

Our aims are:

  • To develop young people’s artistic practice through mentoring and gaining Arts Awards
  • To showcase young people’s cultural activity and contribute to Firstsite’s artistic programme
  • To develop new partnerships with youth and community organisations
  • To provide employment and volunteering opportunities for young people

YAK members will have the opportunity to curate exhibitions and supporting events as part of Firstsite’s changing programme of exhibitions.

YAK is open to anyone aged 15–25. To join us or find out more, please email Beth at yak@firstsite.uk

You can view our current YAK activities here (link to Young People on What’s On), or read about some of our past projects here (https://circuit.tate.org.uk/gallery/firstsite/).

YAK sessions take place every term-time Thursday at 5–7pm.

Welcome area at Firstsite. 'Big Hello' (2018) Peter Liversidge. Photo by Jayne Lloyd.

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