We want to #ChangeKent. How? By creating more artistic events and opportunities for young people. By motivating young people to be creative, and to try art forms they wouldn’t usually think of. By introducing them to new work that they may not have been able to access before. By developing relationships between arts organisations and young people, leading young people to take control and get involved in making decisions.

ART31 takes it’s name from Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child, which states that ‘Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities’. Find out the rest of the rights outlined by the UN Convention here.

We have a number of dedicated ART31 groups across Kent. The pilot group started at Gulbenkian, Canterbury, in 2013 and since then other groups have sprung up at Pie Factory Music, Ramsgate and Jasmin Vardimon Company, Ashford (ART31 JVC), with others in the pipeline. These groups meet regularly to plan ART31 events, as well as develop event management/front of house/marketing skills, meet companies, take part in workshops and see new and exciting artistic work. TECH31KENT has also developed, creating opportunities for young people interested in careers in technical theatre to learn from professional technicians and provide technical support for events in Kent.

2016 has seen the creation of the ART31 Youth Board, around 20 young people from locations all around Kent, who meet monthly at Gulbenkian to support and promote the ART31 programme across the county.

ART31KENT has recently funded a number of projects across Kent (selected by the ART31 Youth Board). Applications were made by young people, in partnership with local arts organisations, to develop activity that would open up arts opportunities to more young people in Kent – particularly those who wouldn’t have otherwise been able to access the arts. These projects are incredibly varied, from a cultural comedy night and a club night for under 18s, to creative public artworks designed to bring a community together, among many others! You can find out more about these projects and follow their success at our Projects page.

How can you get involved with ART31KENT? Check out our events and opportunities listings to find out what’s happening near you. In addition to the regular ART31 groups, there are loads of events and creative opportunities for 13-25 year olds happening in Kent, so whatever your interests, there’ll be something for you!


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