Creative Arts

Arts can be a brilliant outlet for young people

Whether they’re taking photographs or painting, writing poetry or making films, arts give young people skills for the future, a chance to express their thoughts and feelings, and an opportunity to find something they excel at.

Given these huge benefits, we feel it’s vital that all young people have access to opportunities to take part in creative arts.

Funding creative arts

Thanks to generous funding from the Foundation of Sports and Arts, we were able to fund many of our member clubs’ fun, creative and innovative arts activities in 2011. This gave more than 300 young people the opportunity to get involved in arts.

Some of the projects we’ve funded are:

  • We awarded Young Bristol £1,000 to make a documentary film promoting local youth clubs. Young people storyboarded their ideas, filmed footage and learned editing techniques. They screened the finished film at local clubs and launched it on YouTube.
  • Young Gloucestershire received £850 to run art workshops. Young people each created their own canvas, inspired by an issue important to them. The final canvases were used to create an art installation at Young Gloucestershire’s head office.
  • We awarded Clubs for Young People Northern Ireland (CYPNI) £1,900 to run a media project where young people created sound tracks, short films and radio scripts. They also made a promotional film for CYPNI and performed live at the annual Youth Awards presentation ceremony.
  • Oxfordshire Association for Young People received £1,800 to run their Our Spaces, Our Places project. 60 young people worked on art, poetry, photography and films inspired by their local area. They held exhibitions for local councillors and their parents, and also a film screening event.

Our photography competition

Our annual Bigger Picture Photography competition gets young people nationwide involved in and excited about photography.

In 2011, we asked young people to take photographs showing life at their youth club, or what life might look like without youth clubs, in light of recent cuts to youth services.

Celebrity photographer Rankin judged the competition, alongside Paul Sanders from The Times newspaper and freelance photographer Rory Lindsay. We ran the competition with UK Youth, with  support from Nokia.

Emily Docherty, 18, from the Getaway Girls project in Leeds won the over 18s category for her evocative photo “Head Spin”. Molly Gould, 14, from Compton Youth Club, Berkshire was the under 18s winner for her imaginative photo montage “Youth Club 4 Eva”.

Both Emily and Molly spent the day with Rankin at his studio.

You can see all the Bigger Picture entries at

750 training awards delivered in a year

350k young people supported by our members

73% said their youth club had provided support with schooling and education

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