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.
“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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07891835589
Graphic credit: Jess Melaragni
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: email@example.com
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
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.
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!
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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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.
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.
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 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 🙂
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.
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: http://bit.ly/2v8qL9i
Thank you very much to all these amazing students for your support, and for being an incredible champion for the arts and our cause.