Arts & Creative Development

Enabling young Londoners to lead happy, healthy lives and create change for themselves and their community through arts and creative activities. 

We support our member youth and community organisations to provide young people with opportunities to learn through, about and with arts and creative activities. After a year of missed school and heightened anxiety, many young people have struggled to stay engaged and motivated. Creative activities and time with their friends will be crucial to help them re-engage with trusted adults and refocus, as well as provide an safe outlet to explore and express following a lifechanging and challenging experience.

Alongside our members, we are proud to work with brilliant partners in the creative and cultural sectors, including Wac Arts, Young Urban Arts Foundation, Immediate Theatre and several London-based freelance artists, to programme creative activities for young people and support long-term and sustainable relationship between the youth and creative sectors for the benefit of young Londoners.

Through our Arts & Creative Development programmes and projects we aim to:

Our Arts & Creative Development Programmes and more

Throughout the year, London Youth will put on a series of events for young people and youth organisations, such as our annual Arts Weekender at one of our residential centres, and activities during the school holidays where we introduce young people to artists and arts organisations and provide opportunity to explore new art forms in a safe and supportive environment. We are also pleased to announce in January we launch our new Arts & Creative Development programme, Young Creators.

Applications for Young Creators are open now until 1st December 2021!

Alongside our one-off projects, training and network, we are currently looking for 10 youth and community organisations based in and/or delivering in the boroughs of Hackney and Barking & Dagenham to deliver a brand new Arts and Creative Development programme called Young Creators from January 2022. Information on this new programme and how to apply can be found by clicking the button above.


Our previous work included the Visual Art Competition which provided a platform for creative young Londoners and celebrated the visual art activities that youth and community organisations deliver for young people year-round. In response to the COVID19 situation, London Youth launched its first ever Poetry Challenge and Film Festival, both accessible to young people online.

To find out more about our work on arts and creative development, please contact the team via the email