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Join the Young Creatives Collective

06 July 2023

Interested in a career in the arts? Want to learn more about how an arts organisation is run?

We are looking for 8 individuals aged 16-18 to join Modern Art Oxford’s Young Creatives Collective. 

This year’s Young Creatives Collective will meet monthly throughout 2023 and 2024 as part of our artist-led project for young people living in Oxfordshire. 

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 into public events and creative projects for the Modern Art Oxford programme.

What does being in Modern Art Oxford’s Young Creatives Collective involve?

Throughout the year, you will work alongside guest artists, Modern Art Oxford colleagues, and other Young Creatives to co-curate a mini-programme including 2 public events, a pop-up exhibition and digital content for our MAO Studio.

We are asking each applicant to commit to a period of 12 months, during which there will be 11 Saturday sessions and two public events. Sessions will start in September 2023, and run through to July 2024.

No previous art experience necessary, just an open and curious mind. 

“As cliché as it sounds, just have fun. Everyone is nervous at first but after a few sessions you’ll really feel that sense of community.” – Words of advice from a young artist
A group of people sitting round a table in Modern Art Oxford's Creative Space taking part in an activity.
Photo taken at Modern Art Oxford Young Creatives session, 2023.


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
  • A travel budget to cover your journey to and from the gallery
  • A materials budget for creative projects and events
  • Free admission to Modern Art Oxford’s paid exhibitions and events
  • 10% discount in the Modern Art Oxford Shop and Café

Session dates for Young Creatives Collective

16 September, 21 October, 18 November, 16 December, 20 January, 17 February, 16 March, 20 April, 18 May, 15 June (offsite) and 20 July (offsite)

The sessions will take place on the third Saturday of every month and will take place at Modern Art Oxford in the Creative Space, 11am-1pm, except for the final two sessions which will take place offsite.

Modern Art Oxford is committed to ensuring we have a public programme that reflects the diversity of our audiences, and we know that working with people from a range of backgrounds is vital for the work we do across our organisation. 

For all opportunities at Modern Art Oxford, we particularly welcome hearing from members of the global majority and people with disabilities. Expressions of interest from these groups will be guaranteed a place on the shortlist.

It’s hugely important to us that everyone on the project feels fully supported and cared for. We understand that support means different things to everyone, and that everyone has individual needs. For this reason, this opportunity includes a 1:1 chat with a member of our team to answer any questions and help to ensure our spaces are as comfortable for you as possible. 

How to apply

To apply for this opportunity, please send an expression of interest via a short video or on one side of A4, sharing why you would like to be in our Young Creatives Collective at Modern Art Oxford.

Our shortlisting process will be based on your response to the question below:

  • What do you think being part of a collective is all about?

We would also like to get to know more about you, your current interests, and what you hope to gain from the experience as a Modern Art Oxford Young Creative. We are also interested to know what new ideas you would bring to the organisation.

How to submit your expression of interest

To submit, please send your video (as a URL link, such as via Youtube, Vimeo or Soundcloud) or letter (saved as a Word document) as one attachment to Holly Broughton, Curator, Communities, Practice and Participation at

You can include up to 3 images with your submission. Please make sure these are in jpeg format, no larger than 0.5MB each, and saved as your name.

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

The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 15 September, 5pm.

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