DEADLINE Tuesday 31 May 2016 at 17.00

UK Young Artists is a registered charity that 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 festivals.

Since its inception, UK Young Artists has supported over 1000 artists in the UK and internationally through cross art form national arts festivals and at five European festivals with the International Biennale of Young Artists of Europe and the Mediterranean (BJCEM).

Our national festivals are the foremost cross art form events for young artists in the UK. We create places and spaces for dancers to talk to sculptors and photographers to connect with musicians. For painters, dramatists, writers, and digital artists to forge collaborations with poets, ceramicists and filmmakers, at workshops, over breakfast or a late night tipple. Our festivals provide an opportunity for artists and audiences to experience innovative and exceptional art and performance at the leading edge of contemporary creativity. Artists and the public can also take part in workshops, debates and symposia, and artists are encouraged to connect and collaborate across the festival and beyond. 

UK Young Artists is seeking submissions for a three-day festival this November in Derby. The call is open to artists aged 18-30 working in the following artforms:

  • Applied Art: ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, fashion, printmaking, architecture
  • Design:  industrial, graphic and product design
  • Digital Art: animation, projection mapping, mixed reality performance, virtual reality, game design, interactive art and installation.
  • Literature: writing, poetry, storytelling and spoken word.
  • Moving Image: film, documentary, artist video and animation.
  • Music: sound art and all genres of music will be considered from individuals, bands and collaborations.
  • Performance: theatre, dance, live art, circus, site-specific and outdoor performance.
  • Visual Arts: fine art, photography, installation, illustration, site-specific work and sculpture.

 Cross art form collaborations are also welcomed!


Before you complete this application please download the Call For Entries Info Pack, that includes Frequently Asked Questions as well as our Standard Terms & Conditions.


Please note that you cannot save this form and return later!
you will need to complete it in one sitting. If you would prefer to spend some time thinking about the questions, we recommend that you copy them into a word document and then paste your answers in once you're happy with them.
Section 1. About you
ABOUT YOU: Please note this information is requested for contact and equal opportunities monitoring purposes and will not be used to make a decision on your submission
Name *
Are you applying as an individual or on behalf of a group?
Sexual orientation *
Ethnic origin *
How do you describe you religion or belief? *
Do you consider yourself to be disabled? *
The Equality Act 2010 defines a disabled person as someone who has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse affect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
Are you a UK citizen, or will have been resident in the UK for more than one year by 31 May 2016? *
If applying as part of a collective is at least 75% of your group be aged between 18 and 30 on 31 May 2016? *
Section 2. Submitting information
Can you attend the UKYA National Festival in Derby between 3-6 November 2016? *
Have you participated in a UKYA National Festival before?
Please provide a link to a Dropbox folder containing the following:

Your CV
(max. two sides of A4) in PDF or Word format only and titled ‘firstname_lastname_cv’.

For visual arts:
Up to four images or videos of the work you are applying with

For literature:
Up to four examples of your written work, with a maximum of 500 words per example.

For performance and moving image:
Up to four video files or links to online videos of the performance you are applying with. Please ensure you provide at least four minutes of actual performance footage. Applications with showreel only are not eligible.

For music:
Up to four video or sound files or links to online content of the work you are applying with. Please ensure you provide at least three minutes of actual sound recording.

Dropbox link permissions:
Please ensure that UKYA has the necessary permissions to access this folder. Applications without supporting documentation will not be considered.
Section 3. About your work
Which category best describes the work you are submitting? *
These questions are designed to provide information about a range of art forms. Please answer all questions that are applicable to your work. If a question is not applicable to your work, please indicate this in the box by typing N/A.

Title of work
Confirmation that work is available for presentation during Derby event
If you wish to present your work in a non-traditional space please give a brief outline here of the type of venue you would to work in:

We are open to creative ways of presenting writing across the festival venues, if you have any ideas of how your work could be viewed please describe them here. Previous events have included work printed onto café menus and informal recitals in library spaces.
Please include a 300 word description of the concepts or themes behind your artistic practice and the work which you are submitting to present at the National Festival: Derby 2016.

Your answer will form part of our selection process.
Section 4. Confirmation / Terms and conditions
UK Young Artists is about both exceptional art and creating a space for dialogue and intercultural exchange between young artists. Please include a 300 word statement of why you would like to take part in the National Festival: Derby 2016.

Your answer will form part of our selection process.
Selection *
If selected, as well as presenting your work at the festival, there may be some opportunities to deliver public workshops and demonstrations or undertake a residency at one of the Derby venues involved in UK Young Artists National Festival.

Please confirm if you would be interested in being involved in our public programme, and ensure that your CV is up to date and details any experience you have in this area.

Please note that by ticking the above box you agree for the above data to be processed in order to participate in the event should your application be successful.

Once you submit you cannot make any changes or additions to this form. UK Young Artists cannot be held responsible for any errors made in the above application so please check all details carefully before submitting.