Youth Collective Online

Youth Collective Online is a space for young people aged 15 – 25 to meet regularly and encounter the visual arts in an open and welcoming environment, to critically engage, feel empowered, and gain help to build a creative future.

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 and beyond, 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.


Autumn Sessions

Lucy Joyce: The Sketchbook & Studio in 2020
Saturday 17 October, 2.30-3.45pm
Registration closed
Artist Lucy Joyce shares 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. The session will open-up discussions around the concept of the Artist’s Sketchbook and Studio, and what this can be in 2020, as well as a short demonstration on making a sketchbook with paper and gum tape.


Shepherd Manyika: Sound and Video
Saturday 7 November, 2.30-3.45pm
Registration closed
Shepherd Manyika leads a session on working with sound and video, with a focus on the artworks and projects he has created as part his practice. He will share his approach to working in these mediums, along with the work of other artists.


Beverley Bennett: Reflections
Registration closed
Artist Beverley Bennett leads a session using images, artworks and meditation to reflect on the past year, considering themes and moments in our lives before the pandemic began, through to present day. She will share her practice and artworks made over the lockdown period, and introduce gentle exercises that can be incorporated into your artistic practice.


Jessica Ashman: Animation – Frame-By-Frame Memories
Saturday 05 December, 2.30-3.45pm
Registration closed
Jessica Ashman is a multidisciplinary artist working in animation moving image, performance and installation. Her work focuses on creating experimental narratives that explore gender, identity and race, using traditional animation techniques, installation and performance. In this session, Jessica will focus on how to explore themes of memory, identity and imagined futures using simple, experimental animation techniques, and show you how to create your own short animation.


Youth Collective Online will take a break over the festive period and sessions will resume in January 2021.  More information on the 2021 programme will follow on this page and via the regular YCO newsletters. To receive those, please register here


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