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Last week on 13th September, Turner Prize winning artist and NYAT patron, Grayson Perry, was joined by a host of international artists to raise vital funds for the work of the National Youth Arts Trust.

Event partner Vitra’s Clerkenwell showroom was transformed for the evening into an auction house. A collection of 30 stunning and diverse pieces of fine art, prints and photography, curated by Rise Art, were showcased in the auction, including Grayson Perry artwork “02, Six Snapshots of Julie” as the headline live auction piece.

Amongst the featured artists were works by Dali, Picasso, Miro, Chagall and Renoir.

Ready, set…bid!

We are gearing up for what will be an unforgettable evening of fun and fundraising at our Art Auction fundraiser in aid of the National Youth Arts Trust!

Patron Grayson Perry, a host of international artists, our friends, family, beneficiaries, trustees, patrons and supporters are joining us on 13th September to celebrate and support the Arts.

Vitra’s Clerkenwell showroom is being transformed for the evening into an auction house, and a stunning collection of 30 diverse pieces of fine art, prints and photography will be showcased in the auction, including an exclusive Grayson Perry artwork as the headline live auction piece.

Amongst the featured artists are works by Picasso, Miro, Chagall and Renoir!

Our event photographer Alex is capturing the evening’s events and we’ll be posting the most memorable moments on our website and social media pages so follow the NYAT online and keep up to date with the bidding!

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We would like to extend a HUGE thank you to the inspiring artists who have kindly donated the incredible art collection on auction.

Their generosity means that so many lives will be changed. NYAT supports young dancers, actors, and musicians, who despite their difficult financial circumstances or backgrounds, can access training and flourish through our bursary scheme, youth theatre projects and theatre ticket scheme.

A very special thank you to our event partners, The Furniture Practice, Rise Art and Vitra for their incredible support and without whom the evening would not have been possible. Also, a big thank you to Broad Gallery for their kind donation and support of NYAT’s fundraising event.

The National Youth Arts Trust are passionate about the Arts. NYAT believe that now, more than ever, we need to invest in the Arts. Art and Culture have the potential to build bridges, strengthen communities and help us aspire to a fairer, more inclusive and more progressive society.

To do this, we need the Arts to be accessible to all – regardless of your family’s wealth or where you are born. Sadly though, many talented young people are prevented from following their passions by a lack of financial support, with the performing arts becoming less and less diverse as a result.

With the money we raise from the auction, the NYAT will continue to work hard to ensure that talented young people are not at risk of being excluded from training in the arts because of lack of finances.

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You can help support our work by donating here – your generosity is very much appreciated!

Here is a small selection of the beautiful artworks featuring in the silent auction:



Mikela Henry-Lowe is a Jamaican artist based in London whose vibrant portraits celebrate the beauty of black women. The artist’s primary interest is the representation of black women in society. By breaking down her images into patterns and fragments of colour, Mikela aims to break down the overarchingly negative image of black women that dominates the media.

An array of shapes and colours make up each portrait, capturing the colourful personality not just of the subject, but also of the artist herself. Mikela studied at Central Saint Martins and has showcased her work at a number of London galleries. She has also been featured in a number of articles, including an interview feature for The Artist’s Magazine.

Zig-Zag Distortion

Zig Zag Robert Dunt

Robert Dunt is an influential British artist who paints colourful contemporary works that are inspired by music. His ‘Distortion Form’ paintings pulse with a kind of electrified energy that will make your eyes buzz and your walls pulsate!

Before pursuing art, Robert trained as a barrister and worked as a journalist. He then went on to study at City and Guilds of London Art School, and has since exhibited his work extensively. Robert has held several solo shows in London. He has also showcased his paintings in group shows both locally and internationally.

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Tom Hammick

Tom Hammick is a British painter and printmaker, based in East Sussex and London. He has described landscape in his work as a metaphor to explore an “imaginary and mythological dreamscape.” Drawing from a wide range of sources, from Japanese woodblock prints to Northern European Romantic painting, utopian Modernism and contemporary cinema, Hammick’s depictions of isolated human dwellings grounded in uncanny dream-like settings summon the uneasy atmosphere of a psychologically-charged thriller, or a dystopian suburban nightmare.

Tom was the winner of the V&A Prize at the International Print Biennale, Newcastle, UK in 2016, and the printVioletta and Alfredo’s Escape, 2016, was acquired by the V&A. His work is in many major public and corporate collections including the British Museum (Collection of Prints and Drawings); V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum), UK; Bibliotheque Nationale de France (Collection of Prints and Drawings); Deutsche Bank; Yale Centre for British Art; and The Library of Congress, Washington DC.

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Tommy Clarke

Tommy Clarke travels the world taking aerial photographs. The British photographer is better known for his fashion and portrait work, but his love of travel has sparked a new series of aerial shots that have captured attention worldwide. Tommy’s exquisite photographs are not digitally manipulated or enhanced in any way – these are untouched snapshots of the landscape from above. The photographer grew up on the South coast of England where he spent many a holiday by the sea. His interest in the interaction between water, land and people is a powerful theme in his work.

In 2015 Tommy was named International Landscape Photographer of the Year. He has exhibited work at the Affordable Art Fair and the Other Art Fair, and his aerial photographs have been featured in magazines like GQ, Conde Nast Traveler and Aesthetica Magazine. The Evening Standard and the Wall Street International have also published his photographs.

Let the bidding commence 🙂


Fundraising with Shakespeare

A talented group of sixth form students from West Sussex are devising a production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, to be performed this Saturday (15th July) in aid of the National Youth Arts Trust’s work. This brilliant student led production features original music and is designed for families of all ages.

The students are passionate about ensuring that everyone has access to an arts education which is why they are very kindly supporting NYAT’s work. We recently caught up with the cast to talk about the production and why they believe an education in the arts is so important:

Clare Packham, 18, the show’s director says, “our show is in support of the National Youth Arts Trust, a charity dedicated to providing young people with the opportunities necessary to further their arts education.

The number of young people pursuing careers in the arts is declining rapidly. We believe the arts to be an absolute essential in society, and to discourage young people from developing their skills will be detrimental.

We decided to support this charity as whilst we have access to arts tuition and facilities, not everybody does. We wish to to excite and inspire children to explore the arts as more than just a hobby.

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The purpose of our production is to inspire young people to take the initiative and create their own opportunities using local talent. Having visited schools for theatre-based and play writing workshops, it has become even more apparent that arts education needs the funding it deserves, as these children will flourish with more experiences that are currently unavailable for them.”

Sanmay Kanumakala, 18, who plays Viola, believes “it is important in the continuing austerity and the widening class divide to ensure that the arts do not become solely something for the privileged. This production with free entry and student actors and musicians helps to even the playing field and make the arts accessible to all.”

Tom Wheatland, 17, talks about the experience in playing Ariel: “being in The Tempest has been such an enjoyable experience. The relationship and collaboration between the cast has been wonderful; being able to work on a project with your friends and for a meaningful cause has made a production which I am truly proud of.”

Visit Horsham Festival this Saturday and be sure to catch this exciting student production! More info here:

Thank you very much to all these amazing students for your support, and for being an incredible champion for the arts and our cause.

Bursary applications open

Need funding for your performing arts lessons?

National Youth Arts Trust bursaries are granted to young people between the ages of 7 and 25 who are unable to access opportunities in the arts due to their financial circumstances.

We provide bursaries for music lessons, dance classes and drama school (recall) audition and tuition fees to those who cannot afford to fund themselves.

Our bursary application service is open and the next deadline for applications is 26 June 2017.

To apply, please download an application form from our website and send your completed form, along with your supporting documents to:

For more information on our criteria and how to apply please visit our website.

“There are few options for young people who want to act and can’t afford the huge costs. The NYAT is one of the very few organisations that help support this voice in continuing the journey and without their support it just wouldn’t be possible.”

Access bursary recipient

“Since I can remember I’ve had a passion for music. My parents could not keep on affording the increasing costs of my tuition, so we applied for an NYAT bursary. If I hadn’t had your help this year I wouldn’t have been able to carry on with my music. I’m very grateful as it’s very important to me and my future. Thank you.”

Music bursary recipient 



Youth theatre auditions!

Interested in drama and theatre making?

We are running auditions for new members to join our youth theatre company in Ely this Saturday (April 22nd) for the summer term!

NYAT’s youth theatre company aims to inspire, unearth emerging talent, be a spring board for further education, a platform for new local voices and engage the young people in the community to develop a lifelong passion for the performing arts.

NYAT is inviting students aged 13-19 from local schools in Ely to audition for this exciting opportunity to be part of a youth theatre company.

The youth theatre company is run by experienced theatre practitioners and offers professional training in drama and acting techniques, theatre trips, performances for the local community and masterclasses from industry professionals.

“Joining the NYAT youth theatre has by far been one of the best experiences of my life. I would never be off to study acting at university without their help. Anything is possible when you join this company.”

Ely youth theatre member

Workshops are held weekly every Saturday afternoon term time in Ely and cover a range of skills including script writing and devising work, acting techniques, physical theatre, improvisation skills, skills in movement and voice, plus confidence building and team work; helping participants explore their creative potential in drama.

The National Youth Arts Trust is passionate about helping young theatre makers have access to quality training opportunities and providing a positive and creative activity for teenagers in Ely.

Auditions are on April 22nd at 12.30pm in the King’s Ely Drama Studios, Barton Road, CB7 4DB

To register interest or for more information please contact: or 07891835589

The National Youth Arts Trust helps provide access to the performing arts, at all stages, for young people from non-privileged backgrounds.

We provide bursaries for music lessons, dance classes and drama school (recall) audition and tuition fees to those who cannot afford to fund themselves, and we set up and run youth theatre projects in areas where there is little or no such provision.
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