The Art Forum

Thursdays during term time
5 - 6.30pm
Years 10 - 13 students

The Art Forum is a group for 14-18 year olds who are interested in art, design, museums, galleries and culture. The Art Forum will give you an insight into how galleries and museums work. Participating as an Art Forum member is a great starting point if you are thinking about studying a subject in the future that relates to museums and galleries.

You will have the opportunity to find out about different careers in the arts. Termly career talks by members of the team will give you an insight into what goes on behind the scenes and the variety of roles involved in running a successful gallery or museum.

The Forum includes activities such as writing and publishing reviews, and co-developing learning resources and trails. Meet and work with other young people and enjoy exclusive views of exhibitions and our collection.

We run practical workshops each term, often with our Artist in Residence.

Watts Gallery – Artists' Village is an Arts Award centre; these sessions can support your Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. There will be lots of opportunities to get involved with events on weekends and during school holidays, and we encourage all Art Forum members to volunteer. We are also pleased to announce we are a Duke of Edinburgh Award assessor.

And the best part, it's completely free.

For more information and details on how to join, contact

Kids in Museums

See projects the Art Forum have been involved with in the past, including in collaboration with Kids in Museums, here and here.

'Think you know teenagers? Think again! Teenagers take over museums to shoot and star in their own film. Three groups of young people – from Watts Gallery – Artists' Village, The Lightbox and the River and Rowing Museum – 'swapped' museums to investigate what the museums had to offer for teens. They made story boards before getting started on shooting the film on location. The final step was editing the film and putting their sequences together to make the film cut.'

Upcoming Workshops 13 - 18 Years

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