Find out more about the Young at Art ethos, services and events.

Young at Art believes passionately that every child should have the right to access exciting and original creative experiences, regardless of who they are or where they come from. As such most of its programme is universally accessible. Behind the scenes work such as outreach projects try to overcome barriers to access - economic, educational, social and physical.

The company believes that arts provision should be FOR children and young people as well as BY children and young people.  In this, it promotes child-inspired work by professional artists with an emphasis on performance and exhibition content over participatory activities.

These include:

Throughout 2013-14, Young at Art is:

  • organising the 16th Belfast Children's Festival in March 2014
  • co-managing the NI Showcase 2014, a collaborative with TYA NI members, the voluntary association of Theatre for Young Audiences, as part of the festival
  • continuing a series of Industry Events around the arts and children
  • working with local and international partners to foster collaborative work on dance for young audiences in Northern Ireland
  • supporting an annual cross-border meeting point for TYA practitioners "A Gathering" in Derry/Londonderry in October 2013
  • coordinating a year-round family-friendly initiative to help families engage with their local galleries and studio groups and encourage child-aware curatorial practice
  • working with SARC at Queen's University to extend access to sound art for children and support professional development for its Phd students
  • supporting an ongoing education support programme for teachers and children
  • running a year-round Interns and Volunteers Programme
  • working with Associate Artists to develop new projects in theatre, dance and visual arts
  • supporting the ongoing development of its touring agency Young at Art Events