Join Young curators to meet other young people with shared interests, and work towards a Silver Arts Award.


Young Curators is a Harlow-based Silver Arts Award project for 14-19 year olds. We work with The Gibberd Gallery, Harlow Playhouse, local artists and arts organisations to empower young people to develop skills and gain experience in the creative industries.

The Young Curators programme started in 2014, as a Gibberd Gallery project. Over 30 young people have achieved Silver Arts Award by taking part. After a break, the programme has now being relaunched by Amanda Westbury and Nicola Hutchison, in partnership with Harlow Playhouse and Harlow Art Trust. We are grateful to Essex Youth Services and Royal Opera House Bridge for their support.

Empowering young people is at the heart of the project.

“Our confidence has grown and we have become much more hard-working people than we were before. This experience will help us to achieve our dream careers.” – message from two young participants

Amanda and Nicola have recently formed Creative Ways Harlow CIC, a community interest company dedicated to increasing access to the arts and cultural activity and using the power of arts and culture to increase skills, enrich lives and make social impact. They aim to secure the future of the Young Curators project, ensuring it remains free at the point of access to young people from all backgrounds.


The young curators STEAM exhibition newsletter

Our exhibition is free, fun and super creative! Click on the link below to view our exhibition:  STEAM – online exhibition Who are the Young Curators? We are a group of 14-19-year old’s who are all passionate about art and creativity and we have all been brought together by three amazing artists: Amanda, Nicola and Robyn, for this we are immensely grateful. Not only …

Details of the programme

Young Curators is an opportunity for young people who want a new experience and challenge, who are interested in a career in arts, culture, gallery, event management.

Age: 14-19 years

What: The Young Curators programme runs for six months, with a 2 hour session taking place at the Harlow Playhouse/Gibberd Gallery each week. Some extra hours may be required during the creation of an exhibition and for events.

Aim: To provide vocational experience and training for students and offer professional development for young people to extend their art practice and enhance potential career paths. Work towards Silver Arts Award.

Where: Harlow Playhouse/Gibberd Gallery

Download our flyer with further information here:

YC 2019-20 intro letter


To apply, please send us a short statement of interest. Include your name, contact details and the name of your school/place of study. As a guide, the statement should answer these points:

1. Why you are interested in the joining the group.

2. What you hope to learn from being part of the group.

3. What your art interests are.

Please email your statement to Amanda and Nicola, contact@youngcurators.com

We will interview applicants and select 12 young people to join the programme. We will either arrange an interview at your school (date to be confirmed) or after school at the Gibberd Gallery.

Interviews will last 10-15 minutes and will be a chance for us to find out more about you. We will follow a fairly formal structure to give you the professional experience of an interview (we think interviews are an important work experience opportunity to offer young people.) However we are very friendly- the interview is nothing to feel worried about!

We would be delighted to hear from you, either with a statement of interest or any questions you may have.

Deadline for applications: Friday 20th September 2019


The Young Curators project is led by Amanda Westbury, with Nicola Hutchison.

Email Amanda and Nicola:   contact@youngcurators.com

We are grateful for support from: