Young Associates

Work with other people aged 16-25 to develop your own arts projects in response to the Sainsbury Centre collections and exhibitions. Our Young Associates work closely with staff to curate public events and exhibitions for the Sainsbury Centre programme, collaborating with contemporary artists and engaging with current issues in art and culture. You can drop into our sessions at any point during the year during term time – no need to book.

Sessions run on Tuesdays, 4.30–6.30pm during term time. 

“It has helped me to re-discover my passion for the arts and has also given me the chance to work in a gallery environment, interact with artists and provided me with hands on practical experience to help further my career aspirations”

Young Associate

Work experience

The Sainsbury Centre runs a week-long work experience programme in July for four students in years 10 and 11. During the week, students work with staff from the Curatorial, Collections Management, Visitor Services, Learning and Marketing teams. Alongside their work experience placements, students complete a Bronze Arts Award.

Work Experience opportunity for School Years 10 & 11
6-10th July 2020
How to apply
Please submit all the below in one Word document or PDF:
School Year
School Name
Your Post Code
Email address
Please tell us why you would like to take part in work experience at the Sainsbury Centre, and what you would bring to the work experience programme. Tell us about you, your interests and how work experience at the Sainsbury Centre would be helpful for any future career or study plans you have. (max 200 words).

Please email your application to Lynn Gray at by no later than 5pm on Friday 10th January 2020. Successful candidates will be invited to an induction session on Wednesday 10th June 2020 at 4.30pm.


Portfolio is a series of one-day workshops ideal for GCSE or A-Level students, or anyone wishing to build their portfolio. Participants work directly with an artist to experiment and develop their art practice in a supportive environment. Each one-day course is packed full of activities designed to help stimulate ideas and build confidence. You will have the opportunity to develop your skills working in the galleries, outside and in the studio. This programme runs every year in the Autumn Half Term.

Interested in taking part in the Young Associates programme, work experience or our Portfolio workshops?

Contact Nell at