Young Artists Collection

The Young Artists Collection is a new programme from IVE that seeks to find talented young artists and give them opportunities to showcase their work and make some money from it.

The Young Artists Collection is structured as an annual competition. Each year, young artists aged 11-18 are given a theme and asked to produce an original work of art to reflect that theme.

A panel of judges will then select winning entries to be entered into the Young Artists Collection. Businesses can then choose to hire or buy art from the collection to display with a percentage of the money from this sale going to the original artist and the rest used to fund IVE’s charitable work providing creative opportunities for disadvantaged young people.

The 2018 competition is now closed. You can read about what happened on our blog. We will shortly be announcing the rules for the 2019 competition. If you’d like to make sure you don’t miss out, why not subscribe to our newsletter?

How it Works

• Make great art
• Enter it into the competition
• If it’s selected we will promote your art and either sell it or rent it (that’s up to you)
• You get some of that money
• You also keep the copyright
• The rest of that money is used to provide opportunities for disadvantaged young people to access arts & culture and become better artists

How to Enter

• Read the theme
• Read the rules of entry
• Read the terms and conditions
Download an application form
• Make your art
• Send a completed application form and photographs of your art to and mark the subject Young Artists Collection. You can send these photos in whichever format is easiest for you and you can send as many photos as you like but please make sure that the photos show off how great your art is.
• You have until the 23:59 on the 30th of May to submit you entry
• In early June our judging panel will shortlist their favourite entries. They might need to make arrangements to see your artwork in person, we will contact you if that’s the case.
• Winners will be notified in early July and invited to attend an Art Market part where their work will be on display to be purchased by local businesses

2018 Theme

The theme for the 2018 competition is Yorkshire.

You can respond to that theme in any way you like. We want to know…

• What does Yorkshire mean to you?
• What does it mean to live in Yorkshire?
• What are the people like?
• What do you think of when you think of Yorkshire?
• How do you fit into Yorkshire?

This year’s panel of judges are:

Jonathan Straight – street photographer and trustee at IVE

Mat Lazenby – Creative Director at LazenbyBrown

Amanda Phillips – Education Officer at Leeds Art Gallery

Leannda Best – photography undergraduate at Leeds University

Rules of Entry

• The competition is open to people aged 11-18 at the time of entry
• You can only submit artwork which is a physical object that can be displayed in a gallery setting. So, unfortunately, no video, dance or music. You could produce a digital painting but it would need to be physically reproduced before July.
• The artwork must be your own original work and not infringe on anyone else’s copyright


Young Artists Collection – Terms & Conditions
– To enter the competition, you must download and complete an application form which can be found on our website at and email it to along with any number of accompanying photos of your artwork.
– Entrants may only enter one piece of art.
– The artwork must be of a type that it can be physically displayed in a gallery setting at the Young Artists Collection event in July 2018. For example, you may produce a piece of digital painting but you would need to have printed this before the event. This includes mounting and framing.
– Entries to the Young Artists Collection opens on 01 February 2018 and closes on 23:59 30 May 2018. No late submissions will be accepted.
– Entrants must be aged 11 – 18 at the date of entry.
– Artwork submitted must have been completed by the person entering it.
– By submitting an entry to the Young Artists Collection you allow IVE the right to use entries on any promotional materials. Prize winners will be required to participate in photo, recordings, video and/or filming sessions. We have the right to use any resulting publicity materials in any media for a minimum period of 3 years.
– When submitting your entry you must provide your name, date of birth, school and contact details, you should ask for consent from your parent/guardian before you submit your work. IVE will retain this data for a period of 3 years and longer if we are in a continuing relationship regarding the sale and renting of the work.
– You must be prepared to sell or hire out your piece of work to local businesses. Any hire period is for a minimum of one year. You must stipulate whether you wish to offer your work on a hire or sell (or both) basis.
– Any artwork that is shortlisted will need to be available to present to our panel in June and at the Young Artists Collection event in July 2018.
– The judging panel’s decision is final.
– Copyright remains the property of the entrant. You must be the sole artist and confirm that it is your original work. You must not breach any copyright of other artists.
– All income received will be split between the entrant (60%) and We are IVE (40%). All income received by We are IVE will be used to support our charitable work with young people programme. An agreement will be produced upon acceptance into the Art Market.
– Winners will be selected by the 30th July of 2018. They will be notified they have won via email before the 30th of August 2018.
– Submitting an entry to the Young Artists Collection means that you accept these terms and conditions.
– IVE reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions at any time for any reason without giving prior notice.

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