We run a monthly programme of talks, debates and professional development opportunities, to give you the chance to network with your peers in the arts.
All About Us
YPIA organises monthly talks, workshops and networking opportunities for young cultural professionals in and around London. It aims to provide young people working in arts with a platform for development through creating dialogue between senior industry professionals and younger members, and hopes to inspire the next generation of arts leaders.
YPIA was founded by Nicki Wenham and Andreas Flohr in 2008. Over the past eight years, we have run almost a 100 events, with speakers including Sir Nicholas Serota (Tate), Darren Henley (Arts Council England), and Tony Hall (BBC). Next to talks and panel discussions about current arts issues, we also run regular workshops, for instance on how to become better at presenting, and ask other young people to give our audience helpful insights, for example on how to set up one's own company. We have also held a few showcases for young artists, dance workshops, wine tastings and concerts in collaboration with other arts organisations.
Although we target ‘young’ people in the arts, our definition of young is not as much to do with age as it is to do with one's position or experience within the arts industry. YPIA is open to all, but specifically intended for those who are not at senior management level.
YPIA is entirely run by volunteers, and relies on the commitment of its committee members who administrate and run all areas of the organisation. If you are interested in helping out at events in any way, or even want to run one yourself, we would love to hear from you. Also, towards the end of each season (around April/May) we recruit new committee members for the following year, so keep an eye on our website around this time.