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Voice Up

City Arts' Youth Panel. Ensuring we consider young people’s voices in everything we do.

Voice Up - City Arts Youth Panel

Would you like to make an impact on the arts in Nottingham? Would you like to help inspire social change in your community?

Voice Up offers you the opportunity to be part of the decision-making process at City Arts. It is an inclusive panel of young people aged 14 to 26. You will voice your ideas, meet like-minded people, develop your skills and learn more how an arts organisation work.

Artist Joey Wheeler talks to course members at City Arts

We will be selecting 15 diverse young people to form a panel that is representative of the people we wish to work with. You will be an advocate for City Arts and will help us to shape our youth programme, ensuring it is relevant for young people. The youth panel’s role is to help City Arts make decisions about issues that are important to you and your peers.

How it works

You will spend 9 months on the panel, from April to December. During this period you will help develop projects and champion young voices.

Monthly meetings will take place on the third Monday of the month, at City Arts in Hockley. Each meeting will have an agenda, and you will be invited to share your ideas. You must be able to commit to 6 of these meetings.

You will also be invited to attend VIP events as advocates for City Arts.

Travel expenses will be reimbursed (up to a limit). Refreshments will be provided at each session.

Who can apply?

The youth panel is open to people aged 14 to 26. You must live in Nottingham City or Nottinghamshire. It is a great opportunity for creative young people who would like make an impact on City Arts’ work.

Artist Bec Smith supports a young participant to make artwork

Key Benefits

  • Have your voice heard by City Arts creative team
  • Get experience planning and implementing projects
  • Make a difference to society
  • Create links with local people and arts organisations
  • Be part of Nottingham’s creative cultural sector
  • Advocate for City Arts and the arts in general
  • Learn leadership, communication, and teamwork skills
  • Make connections with other young creatives
  • Get involved with creative workshops

You will be invited to free pizza evenings as recognition for hard work.

When your time on the youth panel comes to an end, you’ll receive a certificate as proof of your participation. You can include the experience on your CV. We can provide references for jobs, education or volunteer roles.

How to apply

Please use the form below to submit your application.

If you’d prefer, you can send us a video application using WhatsApp. Make sure to answer all the same questions and provide the same information as on the form.

We are committed to making this application process as open and accessible as possible. If you have any questions or need any help with your application, please contact Alma Solarte-Tobon at City Arts.