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The National Youth Arts Trust (NYAT) is a small performing arts charity that exists to widen access to the performing arts for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds – through giving bursaries for music, dance and drama lessons, running youth theatre projects and taking children to the theatre, often for the first time.

The Trust is seeking an administration assistant to help support the day to day operations of our small and successful charity.

LOCATION: London (must be able to work from home, plus attend weekly meeting in Islington)

DURATION & HOURS: Part time fixed term contract, 16-20 hours per week (can negotiate – minimum 16 hours) from 4th June 2018 to 21st December 2018 (with the possibility of extension)

REMUNERATION: £21,216 pro rata (£10.20 per hour London Living Wage)

ANNUAL LEAVE: 20 days per annum (pro rata), plus bank holidays

We are looking for an enthusiastic, organised and confident individual, who can help scale up our work nationwide, support our Director of Operations in the day to day management of the Trust, and assist in fulfilling the trustee’s strategic plans for 2018/19.

It is an essential role for this charity and offers a unique opportunity to be involved and have influence on a growing arts organisation with a strong board, a fantastic patron list and national ambitions.

The ideal candidate is an excellent communicator, who would like to build on their administration experience in the third sector and arts industry, and is passionate about equal opportunity in the performing arts industry.

We are looking for a creative thinker, who takes initiative, is self-motivated and adaptable, and is looking for a varied role within a small but ambitious charity.

If this sounds like you, apply now!

  • Closing date for applications is 8th May 2018.
  • Interviews will be held on 21st May 2018 at The Furniture Practice, 31 Pear Tree Street, London, EC1V 3AG.
  • Start date w/c 4th June or as soon as possible thereafter.

Click here for the full job description.

To apply, please submit a CV and short covering letter (saved in word or as a pdf) with details of two references to:

We look forward to hearing from you! Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information:

Find out more about our work by visiting our website.

NYAT is an equal opportunities employer. Charity No: 1152367



Merging theatre & technology

The National Youth Arts Trust youth theatre in Hull has been working on a unique drama production which merges theatre and technology by being broadcast live on Instagram over a series of episodes in April.

Our teen soap opera is about students at a fictional school that has cut performing arts lessons from the curriculum. Each episode focuses on how the students respond to the news, and their campaign to change the school’s decision and stand up for their education in the arts.

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Devising and writing our scripts has been so fun, yet also challenging at the same time, as we had to put our creative thinking to the test. It’s been fun to be able to perform the production’s message through daily events in the lives of teenage fictional characters. It’s so strange to think that we will broadcast this on social media. It feels as though it’s real on TV, like one of Eastenders’ live episodes which is why this project has been so enjoyable.”

NYAT youth theatre member

The youth theatre has created Instagram profiles for the characters, and audience members are invited to interact with each episode live. This is a unique opportunity for the students to explore ways of using social media to reach and engage with different audiences and to find creative ways of telling an important narrative and have their voice heard.

The five episodes will be broadcast live every afternoon from 16th-20th April, at 4.30pm.

Follow our main character @kate_nyat to tune into each episode.

Search for NYAT’s Instagram @nationalyouthartstrust and discover the soap opera’s characters.

Look for #artisticlicense2018 to watch the story evolve!

Please support the NYAT youth theatre’s hard work by watching, sharing and supporting their online production!

For more information please contact: or 07891835589

Photo by Rodion Kutsaev on Unsplash

Graphic credit: Jess Melaragni

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 priority for the next grant giving round will be on applications for drama lessons or drama school audition and tuition fees.

Our bursary application service is now open and the next deadline for applications is 6 April 2018.

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 but can’t afford the huge costs. The NYAT is one of 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 



Let the bidding commence!

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!

Twitter: @NYAT_GB

Facebook: @NYATGB

Instagram: @nationalyouthartstrust

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.

If you would like to hear more about our work, sign up here to NYAT’s mailing list to receive our quarterly e-newsletter.

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 🙂


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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