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Creative Cities: Why Location Matters - YPIA Blog
Gabrielle Young | 3rd May 2017
Gabrielle Young, currently a Research Assistant at the Audience Agency, attended our Creative...

Are apprenticeships as important as degrees? - YPIA Blog
Maya Ophelia | 5th January 2017
Yes, they are. Apprenticeships are as important as degrees. I repeat, apprenticeships are as important as degrees. Not everyone will agree with that statement but I believe they should. Job...

Everyday Creativity - YPIA Blog
Katie Dunstan | 23rd December 2016
We are all creative and we can all be creators, we just need to believe that we can. My brother rarely thinks of himself as 'creative'. He can't draw, as he often tells me and doesn't...

Pictures of 'Diversity in the Arts Workforce' talk - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 29th October 2016
The leather chairs and comfy sofas at Soho Works filled up quickly for this long-awaited talk on issues of diversity. After Amanda Neville...

The RA's 248th Summer Exhibition - YPIA Blog
Claire Smith | 23rd August 2016
Lamentably the London weather may not always be yielding any indication of summer, however The Royal Academy’s annual ‘Summer Exhibition’ which opened on 13 June has denoted...

Are you actually a young person in the arts? - YPIA Blog
Katie Dunstan | 1st August 2016
As I sit down to write this I’m suddenly questioning whether I am ‘a young person in the Arts’. I am a young person, with a love for the Arts, but am I actually in it? That depends, I suppose...

How arts organisations can teach us to build a better world - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 1st August 2016
On 27 July What Next? and the Calouste...

How to Write Nice Words Good: The Importance of Structure - YPIA Blog
Adam Steedman Thake | 15th July 2016
David Mamet, the playwright and filmmaker, once remarked that, “Stories happen because somebody wants something and has trouble getting it.” Therein lies the basis of every story ever...

Pictures from New Agendas: Out of Hours and Off-Site Arts Events - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 27th June 2016
On 23 June we ran a panel discussion about the popularity of late night and off-site arts events and arts organisations' agendas behind them. Speakers were John Holmes (Director of Marketing and Audience...

Four Key Skills Arts Professionals Need - YPIA Blog
Kathryn Worthington | 26th June 2016
I graduated in 2012 with a degree in Multi-Media Textiles from Loughborough University. Like most people who do an arts course, I chose it because I loved it. I loved creating art, I loved being...

Better Lives: the Social Impact of the Arts - YPIA Blog
Alice Hopkins | 7th June 2016
Today, creative and cultural organisations across the UK are increasingly investing their time and money in engagement and learning work. This involves taking work out of conventional spaces like...

Pictures of our talk with Amanda Nevill and Bola Agbaje - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 7th June 2016
On 24 May we welcomed Amanda Nevill CBE, Chief Executive of the British Film Institute, and playwright Bola Agbaje at the Hospital Club. They talked about their work, careers and the...

Darren Henley Event Recordings - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 18th May 2016
Arts Council England's CEO Darren Henley joined us at private-members club Century Soho in February for a talk about his career and working in the arts in general. It was a very open-hearted...

Darren Henley Event Recordings (Exclusive member content) - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 18th May 2016
Arts Council England's CEO Darren Henley joined us in private-members club Century Soho in February for a talk about his career and working in the arts in general. It was a very open-hearted talk...

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Pictures of our Social Impact of the Arts talk - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 26th April 2016
On 21 April a fantastic panel of speakers gathered at the Jerwood Space, along with a full room of young arts professionals interested in the social impact the arts can have on our lives. Julian West (Creative...

Five Tips for Becoming an Arts Entrepreneur - YPIA Blog
David Taylor | 19th April 2016
At some point or another we've all had that one great idea – you know, that dream project that you’re passionate about. In your mind, you know it will work, but you just don't quite know how...

Five tips for getting started in the media industry - YPIA Blog
Kirsty Milner | 24th March 2016
On 17 March Kirsty Milner ran a workshop for YPIA called 'Present Yourself'. She explained how presenters get into the entertainment industry and what skills they need to make it onto TV. The workshop...

YPIA looking for Assistant Project Managers - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 15th March 2016
YPIA is recruiting for new Assistant Project Managers to join our committee for the 16/17 season. We are looking for passionate and enthusiastic volunteers who are interested in coming up with ideas...

Pictures of 'Intern to CEO' with Darren Henley - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 3rd March 2016
Arts Council England's CEO Darren Henley joined us in private-members club Century Soho on 23 February for a talk about his career and working in the arts in general. It was a very open-hearted...

Nick Serota and Cathy Graham in conversation: Event Recordings - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 15th February 2016
About a year ago we invited Tate's Director Sir Nicholas Serota and Head of British Council Music Cathy Graham to join us at the Hospital Club and talk about their careers in the arts. What followed...

Nick Serota and Cathy Graham in Conversation: Event Recordings (Exclusive member content) - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 15th February 2016
As part of your membership you receive exclusive access to event materials. Below you will find links to recordings of the 'Nick Serota and Cathy Graham in Conversation' event with Tate Director Sir...

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Fundraising in the Arts Event Recordings - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 15th February 2016
On 27 January 2016 we hosted a panel discussion entirely dedicated to fundraising in the arts. Michelle Wright (Chief Executive, Cause4), Layla Moosavi (Fundraising consultant & trainer),...

Fundraising in the Arts Event Recordings (Exclusive member content) - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 15th February 2016
As part of your membership you receive exclusive access to event materials. Below you will find links to recordings of the 'Fundraising in the Arts: What Now and Next?' event with speakers Michelle...

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Pictures of our 'Fundraising in the Arts' talk - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 30th January 2016
On 27 January 2016 YPIA invited almost 100 young arts people to the Foundling Museum for an inspiring panel discussion about fundraising in the arts. The panel included Michelle Wright (Chief...

Prudential Series at the China Exchange / Amanda Nevill (CEO of the BFI) - YPIA Blog
Katya Kazakevich | 25th January 2016
The China Exchange holds an enviable location amidst the hustle and bustle of Gerrard Street in Chinatown. Recently refurbished (formerly housing London’s central Telephone Exchange)...

The Creative Case for Diversity - YPIA Blog
Katya Kazakevich | 18th January 2016
On a wintry December day in Birmingham, YPIA director Katya Kazakevich attended the Arts Council panel discussion on Diversity and the Creative Case. A morning...

Pictures of the YPIA Christmas Party - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 23rd December 2015
Thank you all for coming to our Christmas Drinks at Bar Topolski earlier this month, it was wonderful to see so many of you and celebrate the end of the year together. The YPIA team wishes you...

Netia Jones at the Proud Archivist - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 2nd December 2015
On 23 November video artist Netia Jones joined us at the Proud Archivist in Haggerston to talk about her work and the breaking of boundaries between different art disciplines. Netia is famous for...

A Letter to Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 1st December 2015
On 1 December Culture Minister Ed Vaizey plans to hold a roundtable discussion to inform his upcoming White Paper with strategies for the arts and heritage sector. This event, which is hosted...

The Fundraiser Gives: Supporting the Arts Now and for the Future - YPIA Blog
Matthew Ross | 23rd November 2015
Full disclosure: we fundraisers talk a lot about why donors give. I mean, really, a lot. When a landmark book called

The Arts Intern Industry: The Case for Fair Pay - YPIA Blog
Ellen Davnall | 4th November 2015
In many ways unpaid internships are a budgetary no-brainer for arts organisations rich in enthusiasm and lean in funding, so why has Siobhan...

The Arts Intern Industry: Life as an Unpaid Intern in London - YPIA Blog
Izzie Clarey | 23rd October 2015
‘Making it’ in the arts, it seems, is all about getting that first foot in the door. But what is it like once you actually get that opportunity? After graduating last summer I found...

Video and Pictures of our 2015-2016 Season Launch - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 28th September 2015
On 24 September we launched our new season for 2015-2016 at the glamorous Lights of Soho art gallery. With the light pieces on the walls still shining brightly after the London Fashion Week...

Discounts on 2015-2016 Membership - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 17th September 2015
YPIA events are open to everyone, regardless of whether you have signed up to be a member of our network or not. However, members do get great discounts and offers to extend the networking experience...

YPIA Received Funding for Fundraising Talk - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 10th September 2015
We're proud to announce that we've received a grant from  Arts...

Job Hunting in the Arts: Getting that foot in the door - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 26th August 2015
The arts are competitive, and we all know it. Most of us have sat through quite a couple of job interviews, have dealt with rejection upon rejection, and have worked through endless series of unpaid...

YPIA End of the Year Questionnaire - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 19th August 2015
While our team was busy planning the 15/16 season this summer, Project Manager Fanny created a lovely little questionnaire to find out what our audience would like to see in future seasons. It...

Shape-Shifting: Classical Music in the Media - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 11th August 2015
A highlight from the archive: in March 2014 YPIA held an event on 'Classical Music in the Media' - below are a few interesting points the panel discussed:

10 Tips for Getting Into Theatre - YPIA Blog
Emma Ratnavel | 7th August 2015
“The key is to make the most of your experience, get all the advice you can, work hard, love everything you do and be nice. This definitely is the common denominator...

Intern to CEO event recordings (Exclusive member content) - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 4th August 2015
As part of your membership you receive exclusive access to event materials. Below you will find links to recordings of the 'Intern to CEO' event with V&A Director Martin Roth and Royal Opera House...

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Intern to CEO Event Recordings - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 3rd August 2015
Not so long ago V&A Director Martin Roth and Royal Opera House CEO Alex Beard joined us at the Century Club in London to talk about their careers. 'From Intern to CEO' was a talk about achievements...

Tips for those who really hate networking - YPIA Blog
Cécile Pauty | 27th July 2015
I hate networking, I really do. As a grown woman and successful professional, the thought of finding myself in a roomful of strangers – where everyone seems to know everyone else – makes me want...

A first glimpse of the 2015-2016 season - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 17th July 2015
The Summer Drinks was a fantastic occasion to celebrate the end of a successful season of events with all of our members and followers, but our team of wonderful and insanely productive volunteers deserved...

Summer Drinks 2015 - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 13th July 2015
Thanks to so many of you for coming along to our end-of-season Summer Drinks on Tuesday 7 July. We feel honoured to have had a chance to launch our new website with you first, and...

What the Director of the Royal Opera House would do if he were on The Apprentice - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 10th July 2015
Last November, Alex Beard (Chief Executive at the Royal Opera House) and Martin Roth (Director of the V&A) joined us at the Century Club to talk about their life and work. It was an open-hearted...

YPIA in Classical Music Magazine - YPIA Blog
Harry White | 7th July 2015
At the beginning of this year, YPIA was featured in Classical Music Magazine. Journalist Harry White interviewed the outgoing...

Our Season in Numbers - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 7th July 2015
While wrapping up this season, we wondered just how many people we've made happy with our events over the past seven years, so here's an infographic to show you what we've done. And...

Meet the Team - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 7th July 2015
This month we welcome five newbies to our committee: three general Assistant Project Managers and two Guest Event Managers. Let's say hello to Cécile,...

Greetings from YPIA's Founders - YPIA Blog
Stella Toonen | 7th July 2015
There are few things as satisfying as writing the first blog post on a fresh, new website. And whom better to ask to lay the foundations of the YPIA blog than the founders of YPIA themselves,...