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UK Young Artists

  • Date: 1 June 2010
  • Artform: None
  • Area: Midlands

UK Young Artists (UKYA) is a collaboration between Arts Council England, Nottingham Trent University, Derby University, De Montfort University and Loughborough University working in association with the International Association for the Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean (BJCEM).

This innovative partnership was originally established to organise the first UK representation at the Biennale of Young Artists in Italy in 2008. The Biennale is considered one of the most important Mediterranean events focusing on youth creativity, and presents the work of artists from 18 to 30 years old, across all artforms.

Now established as an independent company, UK Young Artists aims to:

  • showcase innovative new art and arts activity
  • give vital support to artists at a critical time in their careers
  • increase confidence in young artists and support the development of creative networks and professional development
  • increase collaboration between young artists, cultural organisations and education
  • promote the values of intercultural dialogue and art as a language of peace and cultural exchange

UK Young Artists is coordinating the inaugural UKYA event in Derby in October 2010. Young artists will be selected for exhibition and performance from a national, cross artform submission. While the originality and distinctiveness of the creative work will be paramount, the event is as much about increasing communication and understanding between young people across borders as about creating opportunities for presenting and promoting the work of those artists.

Importantly, its focus is on all artforms and creativity, celebrating the talent of young people across the creative spectrum. The exhibits and performances will be selected by internationally recognised artists, critics and curators from a national online submission.  

Approximately 60 young artists will be selected for showcasing, with a final 15 going forward to represent the UK at the International Biennale of Young Artists of Europe and the Mediterranean in Morocco in 2011.

UK Young Artists Director and Secretary, Professor Terry Shave, Head of Visual Arts at Nottingham Trent University says: 'UK Young Artists is a unique organisation. Established to promote the achievements of young artists across the country, it is demonstrating just how vibrant and internationally significant our creative young people are.'