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Youth Arts

Youth Arts


Wiltshire Creative’s Youth Arts programme is driven by a Manifesto created by our Young Ambassadors supported by Talawa Theatre in 2021 as part of our SHIFT programme:

There is no age limit for the arts; your creative potential is not defined by the age that you are. You can find an interest in the arts at any age, no matter what avenue of creativity you pursue.

We want to strengthen the local community by fostering dialogues, sharing stories and making safe, welcoming spaces for conversations between generations to happen. Our work will reach new people and bring them together to celebrate our diversity.

Young people are more than stereotypes - we all are; young people are creative, empathic and driven. 

We will challenge negative labels represented in the local community and media by celebrating young people’s voices and encouraging their aspirations, however large.

Young People shouldn’t be afraid to have aspirations that aren’t solely considered academic; every student should be able to exercise their creativity without judgement and achieve anything they put their mind to.

We will promote the arts within surrounding schools and work with them to champion the status of the arts within their setting.

We aim to question the ways the arts are represented within the education system and work with teachers and schools to enhance young people’s experience of the arts

The Arts are a diverse sector with a wide spectrum of careers. An Arts Career IS valid; every artist should be welcomed into the arts with the reassurance that there will be inclusivity and diversity.

We will support and encourage young people in overcoming boundaries and succeeding in any aspect of an arts career.

We aim to provide opportunities and careers for young people and emerging creatives all whilst inspiring prosperity.

Our Youth Arts programme enables young people to engage with high quality arts experiences.  Be it as an audience member, a performer or as an artist; someone looking for a career in the arts or someone who wants to make new friends, be creative and have fun. We support the needs of any young person to get involved.

Stage 65 Youth Theatre
Youth Arts Online: Play Reading
Friday Under 5s
Young Ambassadors
Youth Pottery


The young people from Wiltshire Creative share their experiences of productions and workshops and talk about how being part of a theatre in the community has helped them develop as people and artists.

Featuring music from The Lyte Brigade and Home From The Unknown


The Youth Arts programme engages any young person from 0-21 through regular workshops in term time and half term opportunities.

Stage 65 Youth Theatre

Stage 65 aims to harness young people’s imagination, creativity, and expression. It aims to build a network of young creatives through active sessions and collaborative work.

These weekly regular workshops are open to any young person; no experience needed. Young people explore storytelling through drama techniques, games, exercises and fun, introducing them to performance and the world of theatre.

These inclusive workshops are a fantastic opportunity to learn and discover in a professional arts environment, build an interest, and meet new friends.

S65 TWO  YRS 4 & 5 Age 8-10 (Wednesdays 4:15pm-5:15pm)

S65 THREE  YRS 6 & 7 Age 10-12 (Tuesdays 4:15pm-5:15pm)

S65 FOUR  YRS 8 & 9 Age 12-14 (Tuesdays 6pm-7:30pm)

S65 FIVE  YRS 10 & 11 Age 14-16 (Wednesday 5:30pm-7:00pm)

S65 Young Company  YRS 12 + Age 16-21 (Tuesdays 7:45pm-9:15pm)

Cost- £67.00 for 10week term, bursary and reduced rates are available. Contact if you would like to book. 


Youth Arts Online: Play Reading

Ages 14+

Fortnightly during term time, via Zoom

Do you want to expand your knowledge of plays and playwrights? Join us to simply read plays and discuss them together. We will look at a diverse range of playwrights, themes and influences. You are welcome to get involved and read or just sit back and listen. These sessions are an excellent introduction to the world of theatre.

Sessions are bookable via our “What’s On” pages


Friday Under 5s

Join us at Salisbury Arts Centre every Friday for a fun workshop exploring a different art form each week, including dance, music, drama and art. These sessions are designed for under 5s and their grown ups to enjoy together!

Sessions are bookable via our “What’s On” pages.


Young Ambassadors

The Wiltshire Creative Young Ambassadors scheme is open to any young person aged 14-21. Our Young Ambassadors are individuals who are interested in a variety of artforms and support Wiltshire Creative’s work with young people in Salisbury and the wider county. The group meets fortnightly to discuss how Wiltshire Creative can be more responsive and made more relevant and exciting for young people in the local community. There is also the opportunity to get involved in projects and programmes which crop up throughout the year.

The Young Ambassadors’ most recent project was SHIFT

We are now recruiting for the new academic year. Being a Wiltshire Creative Young Ambassador is fantastic for your CV or university applications. We are also part of the Digital Badge scheme that means you can earn certificates that demonstrate professional skills, to use in furthering your career.

Click here to find out more about becoming a Young Ambassador

If you would like to sign up to the Young Ambassadors email Georgia on


Youth Pottery

Salisbury Arts Pottery is a fully equipped pottery studio with a legacy dating back to the founding of Salisbury Arts Centre.

Within our Youth and Children’s pottery classes creativity is nurtured through encouragement and joyful exploration of the possibilities and the limits of the material. Children and young people can learn various hand-building and clay modelling techniques as well as how to throw pots on the potter’s wheel. In a fun and enjoyable way ceramic science is introduced to our young pottery students through trying out various decorating and glazing techniques.

We are very proud of the successes of many of our young students who, having attended our classes, were able to complete Arts Awards and Duke of Edinburgh skills challenges, to use the knowledge gained to assist with art scholarships applications at public schools, and portfolios to enroll on University Courses.

Sessions are bookable via our “What’s On” pages.


For more information, please contact


'How We Become One' - Audio Project

'How We Become One' is an audio project by members of the Stage 65 Young Company- exploring person themes around disability, autism and finding your voice through music and what we hear around us. Matt, Matthew and Jack share a positive message about the connections we make through difference. 

The full audio project can be listened to via our Sound Cloud