Young Artists Collection FAQ

5th April 2018 - Adam Halls

We’ve had lots of questions about our new idea the Young Artists Collection so we thought we’d answer a few of the common ones in this Young Artists Collection FAQ.

Young Artists Collection FAQ

What is it?

It’s an opportunity for artists aged 11-18 to make money from their art and help other disadvantaged artists at the same time.

How does it work?

The young artists make a piece of visual art on the theme of Yorkshire and then send a photo of it to along with an application form.

A panel of judges will select 50 pieces to enter the collection.

We will then sell that artwork, first at an auction and then via our website.

The artist gets 60% of the money from that sale and the rest is used to fund IVE’s charitable work providing creative opportunities for disadvantaged young people.

How much does it cost?


No really, how much does it cost?

Really nothing. We were a bit surprised when people asked us this to be honest. IVE is a charity and the benefit to us from this competition is that we will keep 40% of the money raised from selling the art which we will use to fund our charitable aims. There is no entry fee for the young artist. Nothing for schools to pay. Nothing for schools or arts organisations to sign up to. Nothing to register for. No resources that have to be used.

Make art, fill in an application form, send it to us. That’s it.

How do you enter?

The full rules of entry and an application form can be found at’ve also attached them to this email.

The theme for the 2018 competition is Yorkshire and the deadline for entries is 30th May.

Who is it for?

Anyone aged 11-18 who can produce any kind of visual art. It’s not just a school’s thing, it’s open to any young person in the UK.

How will the panel pick the winners?

The panel will be 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 which is Yorkshire.

Who are the panel?

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

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?

We sure do, please find links to them below.

Young Artists Collection Poster Young Artists Collection Flyer

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.

We’d really appreciate it if you could spread the word about this competition with any talented young artists you know or with anyone that might be able to spread this further.

We really think this is a fantastic opportunity for young people, both the winners who will benefit from exposure and a raised profile (along with money in their pocket) and those that we can help due to the funds this initiative will bring in.

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