Young Artists Auction

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The Young Artists Auction is an annual competition, where, each year, young artists aged 14-21 are given a theme and asked to produce an original work of art to reflect that theme.

A panel of judges will select the winning entries, which will be sold at a special auction event on the 27th of June at Aspire Leeds.

Winning artists will keep 60% of whatever the work sells for at auction with the remaining money used to fund IVE’s charitable work.

How it Works

  • Make great art.
  • Enter it into the competition.
  • If it’s selected your art will be sold at a special auction event.
  • 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 17th of May to submit you entry.
  • In late May 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 June and invited to attend the auction.
  • Selected winners will need to send their physical artwork to IVE before the 14th of June. They will need to cover the cost of postage and framing. We can frame any work at a cost of…

2019 Theme

The theme for the 2018 competition is Dreams and Aspirations.

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

  • What are your dreams and aspirations?
  • What do you think of when you think of dreams and aspirations?
  • How do dreams and aspirations fit into the modern world?
  • How do dreams and aspirations feel?

Rules of Entry

  • The competition is open to people aged 14-21 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.


Each person can enter one piece of work. If you work for a school or organisation and would like to enter an entire class then you may do so, with each young artists being treated as an individual entry. We have created a special form for teachers to use for multiple entries.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will the competition be judged?

Judges are looking for work that demonstrates technical artistic skill (taking into account the age of the entrant), imagination, creativity and that responds to the theme of this year’s contest.

Who is judging it?

We have yet to select the panel but will mention it on our social media channels and in our newsletter when we do.

How many pieces of work can I enter?

Each person can enter one piece of work. If you work for a school or organisation and would like to enter an entire class then you may do so, with each young artists being treated as an individual entry. We have created a special form for teachers to use for multiple entries.

What kind of art can I send in?

Anything you like provided it can be displayed in a gallery and is a physical item which can be sold.

How much money will I earn?

Because the work is sold at auction we cannot guarantee a minimum income from the sale of your work. Winners will earn 60% of the final price the piece sells for.

What will that other 40% be used for?

IVE funds a variety of projects which work with children and young people to develop their creative potential and artistic skills as well as supporting them into pathways into work, particularly in the creative industries.

This money might be used to put on a careers taster day where a group of young people can experience the scope of different careers in the creative industries. It could pay for a pastoral or professional mentor to support a disadvantaged young person in completing a personal development plan that ends with them being equipped with key work skills. It could pay for a group of young people to experience an art form such as a theatre trip so they understand the breadth of UK culture available to them.

For more information about how this money could be used, visit

 I’m interested in helping, do you have any flyers or posters I can use?

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 I have another question you haven’t mentioned.

Send us an email at and we’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you have.

Young Artists Auction– 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 January 2019 and closes on 23:59 17 May 2019. No late submissions will be accepted.
  • Entrants must be aged 14 – 21 at the date of entry.
  • Artwork submitted must have been completed by the person entering it.
  • By submitting an entry to the Young Artists Auction 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 your work at auction with no minimum restricted bid.
  • Any artwork that is shortlisted will need to be available to present to our panel in May and at the Young Artists Auction event on June 27th 2019.
  • 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 confirmation of shortlisting.
  • Winners will be selected by the 31st May 2019. They will be notified they have won via email before the 27th June 2019.
  • Money earned will be paid back to the winners by the 31st July 2019. We will only pay money in the form of a bank transfer. We cannot pay by cash, cheque or any other method. This does mean winners will need to disclose their bank details. This information will not be stored past the point that we issue payments.
  • All information submitted to IVE for the purposes of the Young Artists Auction will be held in our CRM system for a period of 3 years. We will communicate with entrants regarding the progress of the contest using the contact details provided. We will also communicate with entrants and winners after the contest related to promotional opportunities for IVE and the Young Artists Auction.
  • 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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