Youth Collective Online

Youth Collective Online is a space for young people aged 15 – 25 to meet regularly and encounter the arts in an open and welcoming environment, to critically engage, feel empowered and stay connected.

Register to join our community of Youth Collective artists and have access to a programme of free, online, artist-led workshops and resources, a dedicated online social space for discussion and to learn new skills and engage in matters surrounding contemporary art. #YCartists.



Who can join?
People aged 15-25. If you are not within this age range you will not be permitted to join the online sessions.
Anyone with an interest in art and creative ways of looking at the world. You do not have to be an artist, have any qualifications, or prior knowledge to join.
The programme will take place exclusively online. We welcome members from across the UK, as well as those local to us.
Youth Collective Online is open to new members, as well as those who have attended previously.


How do I join?
Register your details here
Once you have registered you will receive an email with further details on how to join the upcoming sessions. You can attend as many sessions as you like.
Read our participation guidelines here.
Read our guidance on using the online platforms here.


What happens in the sessions?
Each online workshop is developed and led by artists who will create safe and inspiring spaces for discussion and creativity, alongside a member of the CAC Learning Team.
Following the session, the artist will share a resource that explores the topics, issues, and practices raised in the workshop via Discord. These are created to extend conversations and enable engagement outside of the Zoom sessions and are available to all Youth Collective artists in our community whether you were able to attend the artist workshop or not.


What is Discord?
Discord is the social platform we use for extending discussion outside of the session and talking all things creative. This is a place for the Youth Collective Online community to connect and access recordings of previous sessions, artist resources and upcoming opportunities. We also have informal social hang outs, with collective listening and making parties via our Discord voice channel on selected Saturdays throughout the year.


Upcoming Sessions


Emily Mulenga: Digital Collage – Past, Present and Future
Saturday 27 February, 2.30-3.45pm
Registration closed
Artist Emily Mulenga leads a session on working with image editing software and creating digital collages to explore how we can create a snapshot of a moment, feeling or person.


Adam Moore: Performance – What’s the gesture?
Saturday 13 March, 2.30-3.45pm
Registration closes at midday on 12 March
Artist Adam Moore leads a workshop exploring contemporary transdisciplinary performance practice, and processes for creating across disciplines. He will share examples of previous work and work in-process, before offering suggestions of how to begin making transdisciplinary gestures.


Phoebe Collings-James: Ceramics
Saturday 27 March, 2.30-3.45pm
Registration closes at midday on 26 March
Artist Phoebe Collings-James invites us into her studio for a virtual tour, sharing her artworks, ceramic practice and the equipment she uses to make her work. During the session Phoebe will demonstrate throwing on the pottery wheel and talk about different stages of the ceramic process.


Emily Mulenga: Avatars
Saturday 10 April, 2.30-3.45pm
Registration closes at midday on 9 April


Lucy Joyce: Sculpture
Saturday 24 April, 2.30-3.45pm
Registration closes at midday on 23 April



Past Sessions

Recordings of past Youth Collective Online sessions, including artist resources and activities, can be accessed by Youth Collective Online members on Discord. To join, register here.


Lucy Joyce: The Sketchbook & Studio in 2020
Saturday 17 October 2020
Artist Lucy Joyce shared her approach to sketchbook development, considering its use as a visual diary to record and collate ideas, and as a tool for research, experimentation, writing, collecting and exploring.


Shepherd Manyika: Sampling, Sound and Video
Saturday 7 November 2020
Shepherd Manyika led a session on working with sampling, sound and video, and shared his approach to working in these mediums, along with the work of other artists.


Beverley Bennett: Reflections
Saturday 21 November 2020
Artist Beverley Bennett led a session using drawing and meditation to reflect on the past year, considering themes and moments in our lives before the pandemic began, through to present day.


Jessica Ashman: Animation – Frame-By-Frame Memories
Saturday 05 December 2020
Jessica Ashman focused on exploring themes of memory, identity and imagined futures using simple, experimental animation techniques, demonstrating how to create short animations.


Edward Ball: Ways of Curating – Questions and Connections
Saturday 30 January 2021
Edward Ball led a session on curating, and its varied forms and approaches. He spoke from a personal perspective about working both independently and institutionally, and introduced a brief exercise for making creative connections.


Edward Ball: Ways of Writing – Flash Fiction
Saturday 13 February 2021
Edward Ball led a session on creative writing with a focus on short-form, observational styles and approaches. He shared short texts, as well as a simple reflective exercise for generating a piece of your own writing.


Generously supported by The Black Heart Foundation, City Bridge Trust, Freelands Foundation and The London Community Response Fund