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Where we are... programme

Supported by

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Contact us

For more information, email: ukpartnerships@britishmuseum.org

Where we are... is a new UK-wide national programme for young people aged 16–24 that co-designs and co-delivers meaningful local projects in arts and culture. 

Supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and covering costs for all involved, the programme aims to engage young people who are under-served in the museum sector.

We're excited to announce our three Key Partners for the 2021 programme are:

  • Museums and Galleries Edinburgh and Edinburgh Young Carers
  • Harewood House Trust and Geraldine Connor Foundation
  • Attenborough Arts Centre and Pedestrian

Find out more about how Where we are... works, and get to know our Key Partners who'll be working with the Museum to deliver this year's programme.

    How it works

    How the programme works

    Running from 2021–2025, Where we are... will be delivered through a collaborative partnership between the British Museum, a cultural organisation, a third sector organisation (charity, community group, social enterprise etc.) and young people.

    The programme will annually invite cultural and third sector organisations from all over the UK to pair together and apply to become a Key Partner.

    Each year, these Key Partners will shape the development and delivery of local arts and cultural projects and will be critical to the recruitment of young people into the programme. These co-designed projects will be unique to their locality, responding to a community need identified by the young people.

    The programme aims to:

    • Remove some of the barriers to engagement that young people face within the cultural sector.
    • Create a sense of agency in young people that can be reflected into their communities.

    Our 2021 Key Partners

    Museums & Galleries Edinburgh and Edinburgh Young Carers

    Museums & Galleries Edinburgh and Edinburgh Young Carers

    Museums & Galleries Edinburgh is a collection of 13 venues and over 200 monuments across Edinburgh, including The People's Story Museum and Museum of Childhood. Their vision is to inspire, enthuse and provoke through a shared passion for Edinburgh, art and history.

    Edinburgh Young Carers is one of the most well established and largest third-sector organisations in Scotland dedicated to working with and supporting young carers. They work to improve the lives of young carers throughout the city by offering emotional and practical support, raising awareness and organising activities for young people aged 5–25.

    Harewood House Trust and Geraldine Connor Foundation

    Harewood House Trust and Geraldine Connor Foundation

    Harewood House Trust is an independent educational charity that maintains and develops the 18th-century Harewood House, its collection and surrounding grounds in Yorkshire. They reimagine what makes a historic house and its landscape relevant in the 21st century, providing different perspectives on its history and collections and emphasising historic houses as places that can enrich our lives.

    Geraldine Connor Foundation is a Leeds-based arts charity established to continue the legacy of the renowned theatre director, musician and educationalist Dr Geraldine Connor. Bringing people together through arts and culture, they nurture new work and talent while celebrating cultural forms – such as music, theatre and dance – from across the world.

    Attenborough Arts Centre and Pedestrian

    Attenborough Arts Centre and Pedestrian

    Attenborough Arts Centre is Leicester's largest contemporary arts gallery and pioneering cultural hub. They offer audiences a chance to see the very best in visual and performing arts, as well as hosting courses, workshops and activities for children and families.

    Pedestrian is a leading arts organisation specialising in music and arts education, based in the heart of Leicester's bustling city centre. They provide education, training and outreach projects for young people at risk, vulnerable adults and communities in Leicester, Leicestershire and across the Midlands.

    Recruiting young people

    Recruiting young people

    The programme aims to engage 10 young people per project (a total of 30 young people) each year to lead on the development and delivery of local arts or cultural projects. Where we are... provides young people with a range of experiences including project management, communication, creative problem-solving and networking. It also connects young people to a network of creative youth across the UK.

    The first cohort of young people will be recruited through our three Key Partners in June–August 2021. Their time and expenses will be fully covered, with a £30 stipend per session plus up to £10 for expenses. 

    We're looking for young people who:

    • Are aged 16–24 of any background or experience. ​
    • Live anywhere in the UK (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland). ​  
    • Are willing and able to commit to approximately six months (an approximate participation time of 40 hours) for the co-production of local arts or cultural projects. There'll be flexibility in this time commitment depending on the young people and partner organisations.
    • Are under-served in the museum sector. This includes, but is not limited to, young people who identify themselves as: LGBTQIA+; from working class backgrounds; neurodivergent; disabled; having a migrant or refugee experience; from African Diaspora; from South, East and South East Asian diaspora; and/or ethnically diverse. 

    Those with no prior knowledge, interest, or experience in museums, galleries or the arts will be warmly welcomed.