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.

The Arts & Creativity Network

The Arts & Creativity Network convenes quarterly. Bringing the youth and arts sectors together to connect, share and discover ways to engage more young people in London with the arts, to make arts accessible to all young people regardless of their background.

Keep an eye on our upcoming events here where you will be able to register to join.

To find out more about our work on mental health and wellbeing, please contact

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.