Banner image: 'The Future is Another Place' (2015) by Arts Emergency Volunteer, Camilla. Image courtesy of the artist.


Affiliation with Shape: Arts Emergency contributed to the Shape Open 2020: The Future is Loading.


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Arts Emergency is an award-winning mentoring charity and support network. The organisation helps young people without connections follow their passions and navigate their way into higher education and the creative and cultural industries.

Founded by Josie Long and Neil Griffiths in 2013 as a small grassroots project, Arts Emergency has blossomed into a community of 7,000 professionals. All of Arts Emergency’s members have pledged to support marginalised young people through sharing advice, free cultural activities and work experience opportunities.

Arts Emergency exposes the structural inequalities in the creative and cultural sectors, and aims to redistribute the social and cultural capital that underpins this inequity. They work for a society in which every young person has the chance to flourish and contribute to the culture in which they live.

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