Call for Artist Proposals: Young Artists Programme

About the Programme

ACAVA’s Young Artists Programme is a weekly term-time programme for 7 to 11 years old delivered over the course of the school year. Each term, a small cohort of young people co-create with a visiting professional artist and explore what art is and can be, by experimenting with new materials and processes. YAP was developed after the success of our school holiday programme Flourish.

The Young Artists Programme encourages participants to develop their ideas playfully as well as enhance their critical thinking and problem-solving skills whilst offering a deeper understanding of visual art practice. The project might include trips to art galleries, Covid regulations permitting, as well as the chance to gain an Arts Award Discover.

Our Young Artists Programme is supported by the Grenfell Projects Fund, a funding stream from Kensington and Chelsea Council, focused on enhancing lives of those impacted by the Grenfell Tower fire.


What we’re looking for

We’re looking for proposals from professional visual artists to run this year’s YA programme. We strongly encourage applications from artists of BAME heritage, and are particularly interested in practitioners with a socially-engaged art practice; who have experience of working with children and families from diverse backgrounds; who enjoy working collaboratively to co-design programmes of work.

We are interested to hear how you would bring your own practice and modes of art-making to the project. Your awareness of the Arts Award Discover programme is desirable but not essential.

The children will work with a different artist each term. The project will culminate in a curated exhibition in November 2021, which we expect the appointed artists to be involved with by possibly showing a piece of their own work alongside the children's.



The programme will be delivered from our Community Studio in North Kensington at 54 Blechynden Street, London, W10 6RJ


Covid-19 Information

ACAVA has robust risk assessments in place for all programmes of work which are reviewed in accordance to latest government guidelines. The YAP project is currently planned to be delivered face to face but with social distancing in place. Depending on new government guidelines we might need to move the programme online, and therefore it will be useful if applicants have experience in delivering workshops online via Zoom or a similar application.


How to apply

To express your interest in this opportunity please submit the following information by email to programmes@acava.org

1) A cover letter (no longer than one side of an A4) explaining:

  • Why you are interested in this initiative;
  • Your experience of co-creating programmes of work with participants ;
  • How you would integrate your own practice into the project, including ideas you have to develop the programme over the course of a term;
  • Your experience of delivering both face to face workshops and via an online platform such as Zoom;
  • Your knowledge of the Arts Award Discover initiative;

2) An up to date CV that includes details of any experience you have in education, community or wellbeing settings;

3) Up to five images that illustrate your practice and/or previous workshop experience, and/or a link to your website;

4) Details of any DBS check you hold (you will need to undergo a new DBS check if your application is successful);

5) Name and contact of two referees.


Artist Fee

Artist fee is £1812.50 per term per artist, based on one day planning and preparation, 12 half day delivery sessions (including set up, clear up and weekly planning) and attendance and participation at the end of year exhibition.

Total days: 14.5 based on £125 per half day.

Materials budget: £360 per term plus access to basic art materials and equipment.


Please apply by 12 noon, Tuesday 6 October 2020 (interviews will be held the week starting on 12 October 2020, either socially distanced face to face, or online via Zoom).


Image: Installation shot from The Forest is Alive with Colou, by facilitating artist Camilla Brendon, as part of Flourish: The Seasons, February 2020