Where we've been - Past events

Over the past 8 years we’ve helped more than 250 UK Young Artists to showcase their work in the UK and internationally. They’ve participated in festivals across Europe, residencies here and abroad, developed their creativity and skills through a range of workshops and forged connections with artists as friends, collaborators and networks in the industry. Find out more about our major events so far:

Mediterranea 17, Milan 2015

 Fabbrica Del Vapore, Milan
22 – 26 October 2015

14 outstanding artists were selected from UKYA’s Leicester festival in 2014, to represent the UK at the 17th edition of the Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean in Milan. Our artists joined 200 others from over 20 countries for 4 days of performances, exhibitions, workshops and plenty of Italian food! Artists came from all disciplines, dance to gastronomy, photography to music, and the quality of the work was exceptional. Alongside showcasing their work internationally, some of our artists were selected to participate in residencies prior to the festival. Photographer Anna White spent a week in Milan collaborating with a group of artists from different countries to create new work for the festival, and dancer Madeline Shann and photographer Beth Kane spent 4 days in Genoa participating in talks and workshops and visiting exhibitions. 

Madeline Shann said of her trip to Milan and Genoa:

Participating in the festival was a fantastic experience. It was very nourishing to be exposed to so much art in Genoa and Milan, and to learn so much about my international contemporaries and their work. The cities and the festival had so much to offer, and it was a huge boost to my perception of myself as an artist, what is it is possible for art to be, what it is possible for art to achieve, to be included in something so rich and exciting. I met many exceptional people, made a lot of great friends, and had lots of fun. The confidence this experience has given me - both in this particular artwork and as an artist in general - is invaluable. I also have a much less blinkered and anglo-centric idea about what art is and about what life as an artist is like. I had conversations I'll never forget about parts of the world I've never been to, which have really broadened my awareness and interests. I feel a lot more curious about the world outside my own experience and hungry to make more art, to work abroad, experiment with different media and collaborate. I also have some great new contacts!

See the gallery here and check out this film from our trip to Milan:

Leicester Festival 2014

Event Location: Leicester, city-wide
3 – 6 November 2014

In November 2014, 70 selected artists arrived in Leicester to present their work across ten venues in the city. Over the weekend the city was alive with art, performance and conversation, and the buzz could be felt city-wide. One of the aims of our festival was to 'light up Leicester with creative talent' and it certainly felt like everyone; our artists, the venues and our audiences, came together to achieve this.
One of our artists said this of the festival,

The festival's success, and the positivity surrounding it, are depicted in this short retrospective film.

WEYA - September 2012

Nottingham, UK
7 September –15 September, 2012

World Event Young Artists was the very first event of its kind to take place. It was an exciting occasion that brought together and celebrated the talent and artistic excellence of young people from across the globe. In September 2012 World Event for Young Artists [WEYA] brought a staggering 1,000 young artists (18 – 30 years) from 120 nations to Nottingham. Over a period of 10 days, these artists brought the city to life with creative activity across all art forms including visual arts, music and gastronomy. These artists showcased their practice, exchanged ideas and built future collaborations.

Check out the WEYA video:

Parkinprogress 2012

 Nottingham UK
5 September –14 September, 2012

The ParkinProgress UK residency saw 20 selected UK artists alongside 20 international artists from EU countries reside in Nottingham over a 10 day period.

During the residency the artists were provided with studio and technical facilities through Nottingham Trent University. They participated in a workshop programme to facilitate creative collaboration and intercultural dialogue. The project was hosted by Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, working within the Castle grounds and surrounding parkland. 

The UK artists selected to take part in this event were:

Adam Walker, Anna Mawby, Coraline Grandin, David Bethell, Deborah Stevenson, Elliot Burns, Emilia Robinson, Evangelia Kolyra, Hannah Silva, Helen Stead, Holly Hopkins, Maria Fernanda Toledo, Mark Essen, Natlie Raven, Rachel Farrer, Rachel Parry, Samuel Cook, Victor Lam.
The Nottingham PiP residency was timed to coincide with World Event Young Artists 2012 (WEYA).

Funded by the European Commission and Arts Council England.

Parkinprogress 2011

Sévre. France 1 July, 2011

UK Young Artists collaborated with Pépinières européennes pour jeunes artistes  along with other European partners for the 4th edition of Park in Progress. The event took place in the summer of 2011 in the great outdoors – in two areas of the Saint-Cloud National Park in Sevré, the Nymphée d’Apollon and the Jardin du Trocadéro park. Over forty artists from across Europe took part in a residency where they met and shared their experiences whilst collaborating together to showcase new pieces of work against the backdrop of the Seine and the Eiffel tower, at dusk and far into the night. 

All forms of artistic expression gathered together: dance, performance, circus, music, and for the first time: digital arts, represented by a generation of young artists particularly inventive and sensitive to working with the elements in the environment of a park.
UK Young Artists selected Sam Spreckley, réaltympanica and Noel Murphy (sound artist and sound technician) to participate in this 10 day residency. The artists collaborated with one another as well as with other artists from across Europe to produce site specific work in the park environment.