Young Artists

Register now

Registrations for Young Artists autumn term are now open. The course will run from 25 September to 4 December and sessions will take place every Saturday afternoon between 2–4 pm. Please register your interest here before the end of the day on Saturday 18 September.

We are holding a taster session on 11 September for children who would like to meet and work on an activity with artist Emily Motto, who will be leading the term. Please visit this page for more information.


About the programme

ACAVA’s Young Artists is a weekly term-time creative programme for 7 to 11-year-olds in North Kensington delivered over the course of the 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. YA was developed after the success of our school holiday programme Flourish.

The Young Artists 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 will also include trips to art galleries, Covid regulations permitting, as well as the chance to gain an Arts Award Discover.

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

We are now accepting registrations for the programme's autumn term. Book now for a taster session on 11 September here, or book a place in the course here.


YA 2021

We are thrilled to welcome Anna Reading, Emily Motto and Gal Leshem as this year's Young Artists' artists, selected with help from three families from North Kensington. Read the original callout for artists' proposals here.

Anna Reading, who also trained at The Slade School of Art, explores imagined futuristic sci-fi landscapes through sculpture, both worldly and other-worldly. She will be inviting the Young Artists to create their own large-scale imagined landscapes with card, modroc and other media. She will also bring to the group simple animation and sound techniques to bring the artworks to life and amplify their ideas.

Emily Motto works with sculpture, installation and drawing to create playful forms, arenas and mazes. She is currently the Artist in Residence at The Bluecoat in Liverpool. Working as one of the artists on the Inspiring Change programme at Turner Contemporary, she worked with 20 young leaders to develop a new public artwork in Margate.

Gal Leshem works with textiles, print, ceramic and video through a strong socially engaged practice. After completing her MA from the Slade School of Art, she has been artist in residence at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, the Barbican and Create and has worked with The White House in Dagenham. Gal will be encouraging the Young Artists to experiment with different materials and explore themes of belonging, heritage and identity as well as sharing their own cultural traditions.

The Young Artists will celebrate the end of the school year with an exhibition of work created by the participants.


YA is funded by: