creative opportunities

Get creative at home

At London Youth, we believe that taking part in arts and cultural activities has a huge positive impact on young people’s wellbeing, their communication skills and their confidence. We want to make sure young people and the professionals who support them still have the opportunity to access these types of activities, even though they can’t meet in person.

This page brings together some great resources, activities, opportunities and online challenges that relate to creativity and culture and are live right now. It is full of ways to experience great arts and culture from home, creative activities young people and groups can get stuck into, and other resources to help our members and young people continue being creative through lockdown and beyond.

The page is updated regularly to ensure content remains up-to-date.

arts experiences

Opportunities for young people

National Theatre at HomeEnjoy world class theatre online while the theatre is closed. Free streams on YouTube with a new play available to stream each week.  

Tate Kids: online resource full of activities, games, resources and quizzes inspired by the Tate’s collection and exhibitions.

Half Moon Livethe East London children’s and young people’s theatre is making their shows available online for theatre lovers out there with free, full-length family shows each week. 

ZooNation Dance on Demand: ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company is launching an online dance series, available for free on their YouTube channel. It is a series of seven sessions delivered by professional artists in different dance styles. The videos are ideal for those wanting to brush up their current skills, or try something new.

Armchair Gallery. This app was originally to create access to great art galleries for older people and people affected by dementia. However, it is still a great resource for anyone who is interested in art!

A Young Person Recommends from The Photographer’s Gallery: young people can get paid to write a review of a photobook or online talk to be posted on the gallery’s website. Email for more details.

Free Online Hip-Hop classes from The Unified Wolves Ltd. The Unified Wolves are offering free online hip-hop classes every Wednesday at midday through Instagram Live. It’s a great way to stay active and keep dancing.


challenges and competitions

#EveryHomeATheatre from Mousetrap Theatre Projects is a brand-new stay-at-home initiative that will give people of ALL ages the opportunity to get creative and have some theatre-based fun together at home.  Each week, we’ll be setting a new challenge and inviting our followers and audiences to share their creative response to it.  From Shakespeare to singing, we’ve got lots of fun in store!   

BFI Film Academy & We Are Parable have teamed up to create a short film competition for young Black filmmakers aged 16 to 19 years old. They are looking for films 15 minutes & under. The winning film will be uploaded to BFI Player and the filmmaker will receive tailored career support from BFI Film Academy & a free camera hire from Canon UK. Find out more & apply here. Applications close 23rd of July.

Spotlight goes online, with creative challenges, competitions, tutorials and more.  

Drillosophy: The music education charity Roadworks is teaming up with Mixtape Madness to create a video series. Drillosophy is a response to the COVID-19 lockdown, giving young music fans at home remote access to weekly, fun workshops of critical thinking, and giving educators practical resources to deliver. Episodes will be uploaded to the Mixtape Madness channel every Thursday evening. Resources for youth workers and educators will be available to download on the Roadworks website.

TrashCanLondon Design Challenge: daily design challenges via Instagram from Central St Martin’s. 

Eastside, based in Hackney, has posted a series of Creativity Challenges online that young people can take part in. Try your hand at poetry, vlogging, songwriting, animation and lots more! Or, if you’re in or near Hackney, enter their Creative Manifesto Challenge to be in with a chance to have your ideas featured in a professional art installation at Shoreditch Town Hall!

Young Urban Arts Foundation will start their September online programme in full force, running sessions twice a week across two weeks. These free courses are open to 13 – 19 year olds and start at 4pm and 6pm. Take a look at what’s on offer, you can sign up to as many courses you want and there are loads of new courses including Pocasting, Creative drop, Selfie Portrait Art, Vocal training and more! Sign up here.

ImagiNation from TheatreCentre and Theatre503 has worked with 19 of the UK’s most exciting writers, who have written a collection of stories for the nation, exploring humanity and the unprecedented circumstances we are currently living in. Now it’s over to you to perform and record them. Perform one, or a couple, or more and then send your videos to Theatre Centre 6pm Wednesday 10th June 2020, through the upload link on the website. A selection of these recordings will be turned into a short film; a patchwork of stories told by a multitude of voices.


other creative opportunitiesFrom Company Three, The Coronavirus Time Capsule is a new project for groups of young people around the world. Week-by-week we are creating a cumulative video time capsule, recording teenage experience during the coronavirus pandemic. We’ll update it every Friday.  

Peer Online Art Summer School is a 3 day summer school for young people aged 16-25 who live, work or study in Hackney. It will include artist-led workshops and varied talks with professionals from the arts sector that aim to inspire and encourage local young people to become closer to art and the art world.

The Mayor’s Fund for London and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York have teamed up for the My City and Me Project, which invites young Londoners and young New Yorkers to creatively document their experience of COVID-19. Young people aged 18-25 can sign up to receive weekly creative tasks and share with other young people.

London Bubble online resources. 

Join Fourth Monkey’s Creative Communitythe actor training company is asking young people to creatively respond to the question; “what walls do you live within?”, using whatever medium they choose to express themselves and sharing their responses via the Fourth Monkey Ensemble Instagram platform. More info on their website.  

Wired4Music is a Sound Connections programme for 16-25 year olds interested in music. They share music events, courses, jobs and opportunities for people aged 16-25 in London.  

Soapbox Youth Centre has launched their online timetable with lots of creative activities available online. DM the team for more info. 

Base at Home, the online creative programme from Octavia has launched, with free arts and creative workshops on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Details of each week’s session are available on their website and Instagram.


resourcesResources for youth organisations 

Create to Connect from 64 Million Artists is a month-long daily creative challenge for you to use with friends, family, in school or community groups. Anyone can sign up. If you’d like to receive a community leader pack which has all the activities in advance, contact Emily

Tutorial Videos from the team at Octavia Foundation, with creative ideas for young people and instructions on how to use video editing software to create some amazing short films at home!

IntoFilmIntoFilm is making a number of its member-facing activities freely available to all. These activities provide help for teachers and parents by offering simple, easy and useful activities that young people can complete unaided. While you’re there you can also have a look at their Film of the Month and Review of the Week Competitions. 

Royal Academy of Art Teaching ResourcesThe RA website contains a huge range of materials you might useful for your young people including virtual tours, podcasts and films. Designed for teachers but easy to adapt for youth work contexts. 

The Cartoon Museum is an independent museum near Oxford Circus. The museum champions cartoon and comic art, highlighting its value to culture and society. Check out their website for free downloadable learning resources to help young people draw famous caricatures, create their own characters, and draw comic stories! You can also view the Dear Mr. Poole exhibition online, including behind-the-scenes interviews with cartoonists about their materials and methods!  

Poetry Society Learning from Home. The Poetry Society has gathered together a giant bundle of poetry learning resources for teachers, colleagues, parents, carers and students. 

Firstsite has launched an online Artist Activity Pack with lots of great creative challenges set by artists.

A New Direction runs the LookUp platform. LookUp is designed to help London schools to navigate, search for and engage with arts & cultural organisations and opportunities. Although it’s design for schools, there are resources that can be adapted for a youth work context. You  can find projects, workshops, events, performances and resources, and search over 700 organisations who offer arts and cultural services.

The Roundhouse in Camden has launched RoundYourHouse. There are online activities for young people who are members of the Roundhouse Studios, as well as teaching resources and content that can be accessed by anyone.

Got an opportunity? Get in touch.

If you’re a London Youth member or arts organisation and have an opportunity to share, we’d love to hear from you.

Please get in touch with our Arts Development Manager, Emily.