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We are looking for 8 individuals aged 16-19 to become Modern Art Oxford Young Creatives and bring new perspectives to Modern Art Oxford’s programme.

Interested in a career in the arts? Want to learn more about how an arts organisation is run? The newly appointed Modern Art Oxford Young Creatives will meet throughout 2021 as part of City as Studio, our artist-led project for young people living in Oxfordshire.

We want to know how you think creativity and leadership can inspire positive change in the world around you and create new opportunities for young people in our local community.

During your time at Modern Art Oxford, you will gain experience of working directly with professional artists and arts professionals who will help shape your ideas to inform the Modern Art Oxford programme.

Photo of two secondary school pupils doing a photoshoot. One is laughing behind the camera and the other poses for the photo.

City as Studio workshop at Oxford Spires Academy, 2020. Photo by Kate Mahony

What does being a Modern Art Oxford Young Creative involve?

We are asking each applicant to commit to a period of 12 months, during which there will be 6 Saturday sessions. In each session we will discuss Modern Art Oxford exhibitions, projects and events, to see how we can improve our public programme for young people living in Oxfordshire, and become a more inclusive space for everyone.

Modern Art Oxford is committed to creating a public programme that reflects the diverse communities we are part of. We are interested to learn from you so that we can create new learning experiences that ensure equality of opportunity for all.


As a Modern Art Oxford Young Creative, you will receive:

  • · Mentoring throughout the year from the Modern Art Oxford team
  • · Experience working with professional artists
  • · Travel expenses to and from the gallery
  • · Free admission to Modern Art Oxford’s paid events
  • · 10% discount in the Modern Art Oxford shop and café


Session dates for Young Creatives

Sessions will take place on Saturdays at Modern Art Oxford in the Creative Space, 11am-1pm unless otherwise stated.

  • · Saturday 13 February
  • · Saturday 17 April
  • · Saturday 19 June
  • · Saturday 14 August
  • · Saturday 16 October
  • · Saturday 11 December


One person is speaking while the person next to them listens and smiles.

Flow at the Glass Tank workshop at Modern Art Oxford, 2020. Photo by Helen Messenger

How to apply

To apply for this new opportunity, please send an expression of interest on one side of A4 or a short video sharing why you would like to be a young creative at Modern Art Oxford.

Your letter or video should include your current interests, any art making skills you have or would like to have, and what you hope to gain from the experience as a Modern Art Oxford Young Creative. We are interested to know what previous achievements you are particularly proud of and what new ideas you would like to bring to the organisation.

How to submit your expression of interest

To submit, please send your letter or video as one attachment to: Holly Broughton, Creative Learning Co-ordinator at

You can include up to three images with your submission. Please make sure these are in jpeg format and no larger than 0.5MB each and saved as your name.

If you are submitting a video, please only send these as private URL links with a password (such as via YouTube, Vimeo or SoundCloud).

Your letter should be no longer than 200 words. This should be saved as a word document and make sure you include your name and contact details.

If you would like any support with your application, please get in touch and we can help.

The deadline for expressions of interest is Thursday 4 February, 5pm.

We will contact you to let you know if your application has been successful on Monday 8 February.