Regional impact

Opportunity in culture and the arts

The Gulbenkian arts centre at our Canterbury campus attracts leading performers from around the world and welcomes more than 97,000 visitors to more than 1,000 events every year.

Key facts

More than 10,000 local young people have also engaged with the arts through the Gulbenkian’s ART31 scheme every year since its creation in 2016.

The Gulbenkian was recognised as an Arts Council of England National Portfolio Organisation in 2017, recognising the quality of the performance art programme and participatory activities that it offers.

We signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Arts Council England in March 2018, setting out our shared commitment to expanding opportunities to engage with arts and culture in Kent.

The award-winning regional television service KMTV, co-funded by the University and KM Media Group, delivers 24-hour news, sport and entertainment programming to more than 250,000 households across the county every day.

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Gray, ART31 Youth Board Member

Gray is a member of the ART31 Youth Board, which gives local youngsters a voice in the arts.

About ART31

Since 2013 ART31 has offered opportunities for thousands of young people in Kent to get involved in the arts. It offers them a chance to gain first-hand experience of planning, marketing and event managing arts performances at the Gulbenkian arts centre, and provides opportunities for talented young performers too.

Gray on ART31

I love ART31 because you get to go behind the scenes on all sorts of new shows and productions. It’s really exciting to see how they are all produced and programmed. It really helps to build your confidence and is brilliant for helping you develop your creative skills.

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Last Updated: 25/02/2019

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