Young Arts Pass

Inspired by art? Enjoy film? Love dance?

If you are aged 18 and under, you can enjoy free access to selected exhibition events, films, music, performances and talks. From cutting-edge performances to fascinating historical talks, we have got you covered. 

Upcoming YAP events

It is with regret that in response to the UK government's guidance regarding Covid-19, the remainder of our summer 2020 programme is cancelled and our Gallery remains closed. While we continue to monitor the situation, we are now scheduling for a full digital autumn programme with the enjoyment, safety and wellbeing of our audience at the forefront of our planning.

Previous YAP events

Talk: Speaking across the divide – Growing up in the shadow of the Holocaust 

Dr Noemie Lopian, the daughter of Dr Ernst Israel Bornstein, a survivor of seven concentration camps during the Second World War will join natural history writer, Derek Niemann, whose grandfather was a Nazi SS Officer to share their incredibly different experiences. 

Noemie and Derek will shed light on their family stories and show why the Holocaust has many lessons for us all today. 

19:00–20:30. Thursday 30 January. Theatre 2, RLB.

Fiction reading: Painter to the King

‘One of the finest historical novels of recent years’ Sarah Perry 

Meet British award-winning fiction writer Amy Sackville, who will be reading from her widely acclaimed novel, Painter to the King, surrounded by the breathtaking Slow Painting exhibition in the gallery. 

With an 'immersive blend of art history, sensory detail and spatial exploration' this is a story about the painter Diego Velázquez, from his arrival at the court of King Philip IV of Spain, to his death 38 years and scores of paintings later. 

19:00–20:30. Tuesday 4 February. The Levinsky Gallery, RLB.

Talk: Decolonising The Monument/Rethinking The Memorial

Join Professor Annie E. Coombes from Birbeck, University of London who will explore the increased demand for institutions to address colonial amnesia and to actively decolonise the curriculum. 

From the removal of monuments dedicated to the 'heroes' of the colonial period and using examples from Kenya, Spain and South Africa, this lecture considers how the violent past targeting civilian populations can be remembered today. 

19:00. Tuesday 15 October. Theatre 2

Film: The Mission (1986)

This British period drama film, delving into the experiences of a Spanish Jesuit in 18th-Century South America, is a must-see. Father Gabriel creates a sanctuary for runaway slaves which becomes threatened when the area is transferred under Portuguese rule. 

Exploring the shifting perception of slavery in the period, Roland Joffé's film won the Palme d'Or and the Academy Award for Best Cinematography.

Péter Bokody, Lecturer in Art and Visual History at the University will introduce this screening. 

19:00. Monday 4 November. Jill Craigie Cinema

Talk: What Might A Better World Look Like?

Imagine you were granted magical powers to create a better world, to come into being the moment the clock ticks round to 2020. Politics, budget, scale – none of these are any obstacle. Your only limitation is that this world has to be theoretically achievable now - so, no time travel.  What does this superior Planet Earth of 2020 look like, and why? What do people do there?

Join the University's Dr David Sergeant and his three special guests for an evening of imaginative leaps into a future that could be just around the corner. 

19:00. Thursday 21 November. Jill Craigie Cinema 

Film: The Mirror (1975)

As part of the University's Celluloid Pyschology Series, Dr Duncan Moss from the School of Psychology will introduce Andrei Tarkovsky’s semi-autobiographical works and discuss how we attempt to form a mental coherence out of life's momentary and often random events. 

With a charming combination of original material and historical footage, the film explores a dying man’s memories of his past, through the disruptive Russian history and personal family strife. This is a poetic enigma of a film, reflecting the piecemeal nature of human identity and reminiscence.

19:00. Monday 25 November. Jill Craigie Cinema