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Youth Art Ambassador Programme (YAAP) A chance to be heard and make a real difference to what goes on at the Gallery


Applications for YAAP 2020 are closed.

Hastings City Art Gallery recognises the valuable contribution that young people make to the gallery. It is committed to creating relevant and meaningful opportunities for young people, enabling them to take an active role in shaping what happens at the Gallery. The Gallery is keen to support youth talent through providing events that raise the profile of local young people and is running a special programme for youth, known as YAAP: Youth Art Ambassador Programme.

A group of young people between the ages of 14 and 19 will meet up regularly from March to August 2020. We want young people’s voices to be heard and make a real difference to what goes on in the Gallery.

Upon completion of the Youth Art Ambassador Programme 2020 students will receive a Certificate of Participation.

How to get involved?

Are you aged 14 to 19? Are you interested in having a say in the future of the Gallery’s programme? Do you want to gain new skills and meet new people? If the answer is yes, the apply for Youth Art Ambassador Programme, which will begin in March 2019. Application closing date is now extended to Wednesday 11 March 2020. Places are limited and there will be a selection process once all applications have been received.

What? A chance for you to meet with other young people and gallery staff to discuss your thoughts, opinion and suggestions about the gallery as we develop our exhibitions and activities over the next two years. You’ll also will understand the diverse roles of gallery staff, giving insight into exciting career pathways. The programme also provide artists, mentorship and workshops to reinforce commitment to exceeding academic expectations with your art portfolio.

You are encouraged to share the knowledge gained during the programme with your teachers and peers - as an Ambassador for the Gallery’s exhibitions and events throughout the community.

Where? Hastings City Art Gallery- Auaha room

When? Meetings will be fortnightly and are usually held on Wednesday afternoons from 3:45 to 5pm.

What are the benefits?

  • Your opinions will shape the future of your local contemporary art gallery
  • Have your say in the gallery’s public programme and events
  • Develop new skills and experiences- which look great on your CV, university form or job applications
  • Learn from a variety of artists and participate in workshops with them
  • Make new friends
  • Free food and drink.
  • Entry to all events and workshops at the gallery for the year
  • See what goes on behind the scenes

Is it free? Yes, totally free to be part of  YAAP.

How to apply? Please fill the application form via the link below and email it to Elham Salari at

YAAP 2020 application form

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