We love bold, authentic and ambitious artists
We love art that can take your breath away
We love artists that provoke, inspire and challenge perspectives

We believe in taking risks and making mistakes as part of growing and learning
We believe in creating a space where artists can be open and explore their work   
We believe in hospitality, good times, cultural friends and strong networks 

We commit to thinking globally, reaching across borders; art forms; nationalities; continents
We commit to having artists at the heart of what we do
We commit to ensuring talent is shared and seen by a diverse range of audiences

What Is Written Dance Company at UKYA City Takeover. Photograph by Reece Straw.

What Is Written Dance Company at UKYA City Takeover. Photograph by Reece Straw.



UK Young Artists champions the next generation of creativity, supporting collaboration and intercultural dialogue, ensuring a vibrant and diverse creative future for the UK. We develop artists’ practice through cross art form opportunities and celebrate creativity at national & international biennials.

Since 2008, UK Young Artists has supported over 1500 young artists through five major City Takeovers in the East Midlands; allowing over 130,000 audiences to see new work for free. We have taken 70 artists to represent the UK at 7 editions of the International Biennale of Young Artists of Europe and the Mediterranean (BJCEM), and selected 20 artists to exhibit their work in Seoul, South Korea, and Shanghai, China. Our Creative Development Platforms have brought artists from all disciplines together to collaborate and expand their practice, through our seaside Weekender residencies; to our intercultural gatherings in Norway, Leicester and Nottingham. See our full portfolio of projects here.

UK Young Artists is a registered charity and National Portfolio Organisation, funded and supported by Nottingham Trent University, University of Derby, De Montfort University, University of Lincoln and Arts Council England. 

UK Young Artists is a proud Member of the Creative Industries Federation since 2015