Providing real-world art opportunities
for young people
What We Do
The Sixteen Trust aims to inspire young people from deprived areas and from challenging backgrounds, improving career prospects, and broadening opportunities through sustainable, long-term projects. Young people gain experience in organising and staging exhibitions, and receiving mentoring from real-world arts professionals; projects are tied into the school curriculum and in partnership with schools and educators. Mentoring and arts projects are offered in person and online, one to one and in groups, with print and film resources to support engagement.
We run a series of online exhibitions to reach the widest possible audience. VOMA, the world's first completely virtual art museum, is our partner museums and has reached hundreds of thousands of people globally, and young people can create their own exhibitions through our curatorial projects at The Sixteen Gallery.
We aim to platform young people improving their chances of having their voice heard, and helping them to contribute to wider culture. We aim to foster self-esteem, confidence and positive mental health and wellbeing. By being listened to and supported, these young people become our future.
If you can see it, you can be it.
Through school projects tied to the curriculum, young people participate in real-world scenarios, working with industry professionals to contribute to public theatre, art, architecture, music and other projects. Participants spend time with mentors from arts industries to experience the possibilities for the arts within the workplace.
VOMA and EXHIBITIONS
With our partner museum VOMA, the world's first virtual art museum, and The Sixteen Gallery, our exhibition program gives young people real-world experience in organising and staging exhibitions, empowering young people to make their voices heard.
PROMOTING OPPORTUNITIES IN THE ARTS
We provide online resources to enable young people to seek out support for their chosen career path; through our network of arts organisations and individuals, we can give advice and experience across arts disciplines.