About YPIA

YPIA: Young People in the Arts

We run a monthly programme of talks, debates and professional development opportunities, which include the chance to network with your peers who work 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.

The YPIA Team

Our Team


YPIA Directors

Stella Toonen - YPIA Team
Stella Toonen Director Read Bio
Katya Kazakevich - YPIA Team
Katya Kazakevich Director Read Bio
Imogen Morris - YPIA Team
Imogen Morris Director Read Bio

YPIA Committee

Alison Dancer - YPIA Team
Alison Dancer Head of Events Read Bio
Shoshana Pavett - YPIA Team
Shoshana Pavett Project Manager Read Bio
Fanny Guesdon - YPIA Team
Fanny Guesdon Project Manager Read Bio
Chris Powell - YPIA Team
Chris Powell Project Manager Read Bio
Liz Coomb - YPIA Team
Liz Coomb Project Manager Read Bio
Cécile Beauvillard - YPIA Team
Cécile Beauvillard Project Manager Read Bio
Matthew Ross - YPIA Team
Matthew Ross Project Manager Read Bio
Lydia Brightling-Reed - YPIA Team
Lydia Brightling-Reed Assistant Project Manager Read Bio
Yasmin Hemmings - YPIA Team
Yasmin Hemmings Assistant Project Manager Read Bio
Beth Kahn - YPIA Team
Beth Kahn Assistant Project Manager Read Bio
Sarah Hickling - YPIA Team
Sarah Hickling Assistant Project Manager Read Bio
Rosie Stevens - YPIA Team
Rosie Stevens Assistant Project Manager Read Bio
Esther Poole - YPIA Team
Esther Poole Assistant Project Manager Read Bio

YPIA Advisory Board

Andreas Flohr - YPIA Team
Andreas Flohr Artist Manager Read Bio
Matthew Caines - YPIA Team
Matthew Caines Editor of Guardian's Culture Professionals Network Read Bio
Nicky Chambers - YPIA Team
Nicky Chambers Co-Founder at The Dye House and Director of Pexmas Read Bio
Nicki Wenham - YPIA Team
Nicki Wenham Artist Manager Read Bio
Hannah Taylor - YPIA Team
Hannah Taylor Co-Founder and Director at Tall Wall Media Read Bio

YPIA Partners

Century CLub - YPIA Partner
Century Club
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Century CLub - YPIA Partner
The Hospital Club
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Century CLub - YPIA Partner
Young Arts Funraisers
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Who we have worked with

Frogspark (Visit Site)
White Cube (Visit Site)
Soho Works (Visit Site)
Foundling Museum (Visit Site)
British Film Institute (Visit Site)
Blain|Southern (Visit Site)
Stella Media (Visit Site)
Jerwood Space (Visit Site)
Proud East (Visit Site)
Allies and Morrison (Visit Site)
Lights of Soho (Visit Site)
The Library (Visit Site)
1901 Arts Club (Visit Site)
Marion Friend (Visit Site)
China Exchange (Visit Site)
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