Young Norfolk Arts is a charitable organisation that provides opportunities for children and young people to create and engage with art and culture across Norfolk. What started as the Young Norfolk Arts Partnership between local organisations committed to providing arts opportunities to young people has developed into 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.
For 10 days every July, we hold the Young Norfolk Arts Festival (YNAF) – a celebration of creativity and performance by and for young people in Norfolk.
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 exhibition 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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Lucy Farrant | Director
Lucy’s 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.
Megan Thrift | Administrator
Megan came to Norfolk to study English Literature and Philosophy at UEA. During her degree, she got involved with organising local arts events and festivals such as Oxjam Norwich, Zig Zag Festival and Trunchonbury Festival. She joined YNA in 2018 and helps to recruit, train and manage our YNA Collective as well as developing and delivering YNAF. Outside of work, you can usually find Megan at live music gigs in Norwich or at home doing DIY!
Milly Kirby | Coordinator
Roxanne Matthews | Visual Arts Coordinator
Roxanne is an art historian and creative learning specialist. She has been designing and delivering learning programmes for 12 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, and leads on our schools consultancy; supporting schools to enhance the curriculum with creativity.
Liam Roberts | Coordinator
Liam leads on our YNA Collective programe. He is also a freelance visual artist and creative producer, developing and facilitating a range of creative projects, workshops and exhibitions for young people. He has worked on projects across the UK and has collaborated with organisations such as Tate, Firstsite, Cambridge Junction and Nottingham Contemporary.
Helen Mian | Finance Officer
Helen joined us in 2019 and works freelance overseeing budgets and finances for the Young Norfolk Arts Trust. She is also Head of Finance at Norfolk & Norwich Festival.