Terrain Vague is our third micro residency, and this edition is run in partnership with the So Festival. The weekender focuses on learning how we can regenerate a place by exploring its leftovers and its use of public spaces. Artists are called to map, re-imagine and influence Skegness. Moreover the residency aims to examine the way in which we transform our surroundings to reflect and enact the utopia of our dreams.
The Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library in partnership with UK Young Artists are excited to present G R A F T showcasing artists living, working and making across the UK today.
Come and celebrate making and see over 20 UK young artists perspectives on being human - and how we are all grafters working towards something. See highly colourful film, print, and ceramics, playful sculpture, and installation through to live dance and experimental performance. G R A F T provides twists and turns, highs and lows and a wealth of curiosity and imagination in an uncertain but still human world.
UKYA & Platform Nord are pleased to announce a new international joint working programme for young artists to gain a better understanding of international working and the value of intercultural dialogue. United will be delivered in two parts: part one will be held in Leicester in the UK, and part two will be held in Kristiansand, Norway.
From 7-13 February 2019, 250 artists from all over the UK, Europe, South Korea and China brought their work to Nottingham for what was truly an unforgettable week. Presenting performance in the streets; poetry on the bus; gigs across the city; exhibitions in disused spaces; interventions in cultural venues and so much more.
In collaboration with Life Coach Sarah McNicol, in 2018 UKYA supported 5 artists through our pilot Cultural Leadership Programme. Selected artists were George Grace Gibson, Charlie Birtles, Sufea Mohamed Noor, Connor O’Mara, Katie Amanda Smith and Tom Stockley.
UK Young Artists worked with Studio XX and the artist Natacha Clitandre for over a year to ignite and deliver a project which would see how Natacha and UK Young Artist alumni Louise Orwin might support a cross border residency.
The Cornish weekender took place Between 13-16 April 2018 in partnership between UK Young Artists and Porthmeor Studios, St Ives. 11 artists across all art forms, selected from an open call, were invited to participate in the programme.
UK Young Artists has worked with The Mighty Creatives and Arts Connect, with investment from Spirit of 2012, to deliver a series of arts festivals inspired by the work of William Shakespeare. The project spans three years, with a different cohort of artists leading each year in regional settings in 12 areas of low cultural engagement across the East and West Midlands.
UKYA worked in partnership with Seojung Art Centre and Superior Gallery, Seoul and Chung Ang University to take 13 of the best young artists in the UK to Seoul in October 2017 to present their work alongside 10 young Korean artists. During their time in South Korea the artists participated in collaborative workshops, talks and visits to local cultural events; facilitating intercultural exchange and international collaboration. Artists work was presented at the National Assembly of Korea, Seoul, in partnership with Seojung Art Centre and at other exciting locations.
Delivered in partnership with Primary, Nottingham and BJCEM, the Work In Common residency brought together 11 UK and International artists with an interest in how we choose to work with others and across disciplines to produce art. It encouraged participants to discuss and experiment with different ways of working, to ask what it is to collaborate, and to test out speculative ideas together. Here you can read the Work in Common diary from UKYA.
UK Young Artists selected six artists to represent the UK at the Biennale of Young Artists of Europe and the Mediterranean 2017. The biennale took place in Tirana & Durres and saw 230 artists from across Europe and the Mediterranean present their work in cultural venues and unusual places and spaces. Dance, performance, visual arts, music, poetry, digital art and film animated the cities and artists connected and collaborated across a fantastic 5 days in Albania.
In March 2017 UKYA's Young Curator, Joe Rowley delivered an all day workshop at Loughborough University exploring site specific art and interventions. Joe is currently studying for his MFA at Valand Academy in Gothenburg, Sweden and was delighted to share his expertise and practice with students and practicing artists from the region.
From 24-26 February 2017, UKYA and Abingdon Studios Blackpool took 12 artists from across the country to Blackpool for a weekend of creative exploration. This mini residency offered a period of flux and change to artists with little expectation beyond being curious and having time to think and to learn and share with others.
From 4-6 November UK Young Artists descended on Derby, bringing 80 of the UK's most talented young creatives together for a weekend of exceptional art and performance. Over three days we experienced music, dance, film, photography, painting, sculpture, digital art, theatre, poetry, installation, ceramics, and some inspirational talks and workshops from some of the UK's most respected creatives.
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!
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.
In September 2012 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.
UK Young Artists collaborated with Pépinières Européennes Pour Jeunes Artistes along with other European partners for the 4th and 5th editions of Park in Progress, taking place in two areas of the Saint-Cloud National Park in Sevré, the Nymphée d’Apollon and the Jardin du Trocadéro park in 2011, and in Nottingham in 2012.
The first national UK Young Artists event took place across Derby from Thursday 21 until Sunday 24 October 2010. 75 artists were selected across all art forms, including: choreographers, ceramicists, dancers, musicians, video artists, installation artists, painters, performance artists, photographers, sculptors, storytellers, writers and poets.
In May 2008, a pilot project was launched in partnership between Arts Council England and four universities from the East Midlands (De Montfort, Derby, Loughborough and Nottingham Trent) to send recent graduates to take part in the 13th Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean. It was from this project that UK Young Artists was created.