Young Norfolk Arts is a charitable organisation that provides opportunities for children and young people to create and engage with creativity and culture across Norfolk. What started as the Young Norfolk Arts Partnership between local organisations committed to providing creative opportunities to young people has developed into the charitable organisation the Young Norfolk Arts Trust. The Trust champions the rich cultural and artistic heritage of Norfolk and works to ensure that local young people are presented with a multitude of ways to explore it in a way that enriches education and enhances aspirations.

Every July, we hold the Young Norfolk Arts Festival (YNAF) – a celebration of creativity and performance by and for young people in Norfolk. The first YNAF was in 2013 and the Festival has grown and evolved each year.

The YNA Collective engages and provides support to young people aged 16 – 25 years old. Through regular meetings, training sessions, practical hands on workshops and collaborative sessions with our partners, the Collective develop skills to enable them to produce, promote and evaluate events and exhibitions with Young Norfolk Arts.

Young Norfolk Visual Arts is a year-round programme of creative workshops and exhibitions for children and young people of all ages. The shape of YNVA changes every year, in 2019 we offered free outreach workshops with primary schools, animation workshops through Norfolk libraries and an exhibition at The Forum.

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Young Norfolk Arts Trust is a charity which uses all its income to provide life changing opportunities for young people across Norfolk. Every project and activity is offered to children and young people for free, including our yearly festival programme. Support us by donating what you can…




Lucy Farrant | YNA Director

Lucy put together the inaugural YNAF programme in 2013 and became Director in 2014. Her hard work and determination has expanded Young Norfolk Arts from a small project to an incorporated charitable trust, running year-round activities. Lucy is also an independent creative producer, working on theatre projects across the UK, as well as coordinating True Stories Live and Balloon debates.


Afiya Lucombe | Youth Engagement Coordinator

Afiya is the newest member to the Young Norfolk Arts team who began working with us in late 2021 in a collaboration with NAC. Since graduating from the British & Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM), she has gone on to work on a number of creative projects including The Ends Festival. She also works as a singer/songwriter fronting her own music with her band. She is passionate about making all forms of art accessible to the masses.


Jade Anderson | YNA Coordinator

Jade joined us in early 2020 as administrator for the YNA Collective, moving into the role of coordinating the programme in January 2021. She is also a visual artist, curator and facilitator who graduated from Norwich University Of The Arts. In her work she looks at the nature of language and the idea of the Artists studio. She has worked for EAST Gallery, Firstsite and has participated in First Light Festival.


Milly Kirby | Freelance Producer

Milly started with YNA in 2019 and now produces our yearly Young Norfolk Arts Festival on a freelance basis. Since graduating from Norwich University of the Arts they have worked at Cinema City Education and Norfolk & Norwich Festival. They are also a freelance musician, producer and facilitator who has worked with organisations like the British Film Institute, Creative Arts East and Festival Bridge, and a Director of the creative education charity Reel Connections.


Helen Mian | Finance Manager

Helen joined us in 2019 and works freelance overseeing budgets and finances for the Young Norfolk Arts Trust. She is a chartered accountant, and has worked in the charity sector for over 20 years, including working with a number of charities in the arts sector. She holds the ICAEW Diploma in Charity Accounting DChA.

Emily Thomas | Youth Engagement Assistant

Emily joined us in the beginning of 2021. She is passionate about working with young people through the arts. Since graduating from the University of Surrey Emily has worked with Les Enfants Terribles, Mercury Theatre Colchester and Project 21 and is a freelance dance teacher and facilitator. She strongly believes in making art more accessible, mainly due to her having spent a year as an intern with Stopgap Dance Company during her degree.


Roxanne Matthews | Freelance Arts Consultant

Roxanne works with us on projects. She is an art historian and creative learning specialist. She has been designing and delivering learning programmes for 13 years, working with partners like the Wallace Collection, Norfolk Museum & Archaeology and Library & Information Services, National Centre for Writing. She supports YNA’s visual arts and partnership projects as well as offering school consultancy.



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Steffan Griffiths | Chair

Steffan Griffiths joined Norwich School in September 2011 and has since introduced initiatives such as the Young Norfolk Arts Festival and Young Norfolk Sports Academy. After reading Classics at University College, Oxford, he taught at Tonbridge School (1995-1999) and Eton College (1999-2006). In 2006, he was appointed to the role of Usher (principal deputy head) at Magdalen College School, Oxford. Steffan also holds a first-class honours English Literature degree from the Open University. During his school years at Whitgift School, he acted with the National Theatre, both on the South Bank and in European tours. He maintains an active interest and involvement in drama.

Naomi Palmer | Trustee

Naomi is Principal at Ormiston Victory Academy in Costessey, which serves 11 to 19 year olds. She also supports Ormiston Academies Trust nationally in running competitive scholarship programmes for students to access independent schools for their sixth form studies. Naomi is proud to lead developments in Ormiston East in the Arts, such as the regional art exhibition of students’ work.

Nina Nannar | Trustee

Nina is the Arts Editor of ITV News which she joined in 2002 from the BBC. The job involves specialist arts and media coverage for ITV, including covering the Oscars every year and interviewing the biggest names in film, music and TV. She is also a regular contributor to ITV programmes on entertainment, and popular culture.

Nina started out at the BBC as a trainee, then working on regional and national television and radio, including presenting Asian Perspective for 3 years, a live news and current affairs programme on BBC Radio Five Live. In 2007 Nina was awarded an Honorary doctorate for Services to the Media.

She is an Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, chairing events for the charity, and for the British Asian Trust. and is a Governor of Norwich University of the Arts. Nina is also a Trustee of the National Centre for Writing, and patron of the domestic abuse charity Leeway.

Rachel Quick | Trustee

Rachel is currently the Principal of The Wherry School in Norwich, following a career in Norfolk Primary, Middle and all through schools. Throughout her career she has sought to promote the Arts with pupils, seeking opportunities to visit galleries, work with artists, embedding art, the history of art, dance, music and drama into the curriculum. Her own passion and interest in Arts Education stems from my own early education in drama, dance, art, going on to complete a BA in History of Art at Warwick University.

Rachel came to Norfolk to continue studying at UEA, completing an MA at the Sainsbury Centre and further postgraduate studies at UEA, researching the use of visual art to promote learning amongst primary aged pupils. She continues to be inspired by the pupils she works with, and how Arts Education can make such a positive impact on mental health, anxiety management and regulation, as well as providing excitement and challenge.

Lewis Buxton | Trustee

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Lewis Buxton is a poet, producer & workshop leader. Coming from a family of teachers, his work is concerned with fathers and sons, how we learn gender roles, and how young men’s image of their bodies fit into the modern world. His poems have appeared in Ambit Magazine, Oxford Poetry and Ink, Sweat and Tears. In 2017 he was shortlisted for the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Prize, judged by Helen Mort. He has headlined stages at The Roundhouse, The Olympic Park, The Royal Festival Hall and the Norwich Arts Centre.

Lewis is the director and co-founder of TOAST Poetry, an organisation dedicated to the professional development of poets. He teaches creative writing in schools, libraries and universities around the country. In 2017 he was one of The Poetry School’s Mixed Borders Poets and was poet-in-residence at Alexandra Road Park in London.

Alanna Mound | Treasurer

Alanna joined the YNAT Board as Treasurer in early 2021.She is Finance Manager at Norwich University of the Arts, a role that she has held since 2017. Alanna also currently holds the position of Professional Services Staff Representative on the University’s Governing Board and its Senate Committee. She is passionate about the role which the arts play in society and their importance to the local and national economies.

Raised in Bungay, Alanna read History at UEA before going on to train and qualify as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) in the Norwich office of Grant Thornton UK LLP, where she spent 7 years working closely with many of Norfolk’s leading businesses and charities.