Arts Emergency

Join Arts Emergency today!

The Arts are NOT a luxury, and low income does not mean low intelligence, or imagination, or talent, and due to huge demand we are re-opening applications to join our alternative to the old boy network!

Open Access Privilege

It begins as a one year mentoring project for 16 year olds, and it’s the absolute chance of a lifetime. 

What’s revolutionary here is that young people are supported along the way (and beyond) by what’s now a network of over 4000 arts professionals, including 100s of the biggest names in visual art, music, fashion, film, journalism and more. These are people who can and do open doors at ALL levels of the industry. This is a real, vital, alternative to the ‘old boy’ network.

We have set up paid work experience, studio time, set visits, auditions, coaching, gallery space, free tickets, backstage passes, paid internships, academic help and so much more.

They only need ask, and our membership can almost certainly deliver it. That’s real privilege, it’s a real game changer for them.

Joining the network has proven rewarding for our members too, and is a very practical way of giving low income kids everything you probably wished for at 16. It’s an open door into the world of culture, learning, and creativity, all underpinned by long term practical, personal, support up to the age of 24!

Unsurprisingly, four years in and with a rapidly rising profile, we find ourselves oversubscribed by teenagers wanting to apply, so for the first time since 2014, membership is reopening and we hope you want to be part of this!

Joining Arts Emergency

If you are an Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences graduate, or a practicing creative person, then you could well be a huge help to any number of young people through this project.

As a member you will do two simple things to resist the rapid gentrification of higher education, and redress the imbalance of representation within our culture and the production of our culture

1) Share knowledge and contacts

Whatever you achieved, somebody helped you on the way – now you will be *that* person by responding to requests direct from our students and their mentors whenever you can help with something. It’s so helpful for them and easy to do. You can also put yourself forward as a mentor, a school speaker, or set up a visit/work experience too. How you help is entirely up to you and we have members from pretty much all levels of all industries!

2) Supporting our mentor project with a donation (if you can)

At the heart of all we do is that one year mentoring project for 16 year olds, and it is entirely crowd funded at this time. So in order to try and meet growing demand, we’ve added an option to make a monthly donation of any amount you like. It all goes towards expanding our reach.

We will send ALL new donating members a handmade badge and copy of our manifesto.

If you would like any more information about us or our work, please email us at, we’re a small team and will respond to you personally as soon as we can.