Young People

Our campus location has inspired a long-running programme for students and young people to get involved in the Sainsbury Centre.

Throughout the year, there are opportunities to develop your own curatorial projects as part of Young Associates, come along to artist-led workshops designed to support your creativity and wellbeing or learn new skills as part of a work experience placement.

Find out more about current programmes, resources and opportunities below:


Download our Take Root wellbeing resource

Take Root is a wellbeing walk aimed at students, which invites you to meet the UEA campus and sculpture park in new ways.

Step aside from the familiar cycles and stresses of university life and be alive to your senses. Meet sculptures, ancient trees and other attention-drawing wildlife. And, for a short time, take respite in the grace of the natural world.

View and download Take Root here or pick up a paper copy from Sainsbury Centre Gallery Reception now.


Young Associates

Young Associates is a free creative programme for young people aged 16-25 years old to try out new ideas, learn new skills, share your work, meet artists and join a network of new collaborators. Guided by artists, Young Associates use the Sainsbury Centre Collections as a starting point for creative projects that can explore digital, art historical and counter-cultural practices

Hear Young Associates talk about their project on BBC Radio Norfolk. For more information, email Rach Anstey-Sanders or look us up on Instagram @youngassociates.scva



Take time out from your studies and join us for our programme of artist-led workshops designed to support your creativity and wellbeing. This year, we’ve teamed up with UEA Mindful Medics society on a series of sessions and resources to help us to relax, connect to others and appreciate the world around us. For more information contact Karina Flynn.


Work experience opportunity for school years 10 and 11

Each year, we welcome four students to come and spend a week discovering more about different roles in an art museum.

You will work in a variety of teams across the Sainsbury Centre and support gallery staff in a range of tasks, as well as taking part in your own project whilst gaining experience and skills for your CV. This is a great chance to think about different options for the future.

No previous experience is necessary – only a willingness to work hard and try new things.

As part of the placement, students complete a Bronze Arts Award qualification.

Applications for work experience in 2024 are now closed. Look out on our Social Media in Autumn 2024 for details on how to apply for a Summer 2025 placement.

Interested in taking part in the Young Associates
programme or work experience?

Contact Rach Anstey-Sanders: