Advocacy and Campaigns

The English National Youth Arts Network undertakes national campaigns to advocate for arts and culture with, for and by young people.

If you wish to contribute to a campaign, please email [email protected] or upload content to feature in the ENYAN news section of the site.


Youth Arts Transforms Lives – FACT

…I am delighted to support this campaign and trust it will energise all those who are currently working in this vibrant field; attract new supporters and convince policy and decision makers to do all they can to ensure the future of the arts for and by young people.’ -  Sir Ken Robinson, Honorary President of Artswork and the English National Youth Arts Network commenting on the 2011 national campaign

The campaign resource demonstrated - through exceptional case studies and evidence – the transformational power of the arts to make positive changes to the lives of young people. Youth Arts transforms Lives – FACT has illustrated the real and positive impact that participation in the arts has on the lives, aspirations, motivation and self esteem of young people including those who are particularly at risk.

Read Youth Arts Transforms Lives – FACT

Young Arts Leaders – 2008 Campaign

We feel it is a very useful and comprehensive resource that arts colleagues could use as a basis to develop targeted young leaders programmes.  Elaine Garfitt, Deputy Director, Youth Dance England

Young Arts Leaders was a high profile campaign that succeeded in attracting attention and involvement of central government, was endorsed by numerous leading figures within the creative and cultural industries and involved many key agencies responsible for leading on and realising young people’s creative and cultural entitlement. Through the many outputs of the campaign (which included events, training programmes and advocacy initiatives) the campaign succeeded in widening people’s understanding of the plentiful benefits that investment in such projects can bring.

Read Young Arts Leaders


Creative Consultation with Young People – 2007 Campaign

The ENYAN campaign ‘Young Arts Leaders’ plays an important role in raising awareness of the Youth Arts sector and in promoting the opportunities available to young people within the arts and cultural sector…   Hannah Davis, Senior Policy Advisor, Children and Young People’s Culture Team commenting on the 2007 national campaign

The ‘Creative Consultation with Young People’ campaign ran throughout 2007 and was held in high regard for its quality outputs and level of impact. A FREE campaign resource was developed as one of the key outputs of this campaign. To request your copy of the resource contact the office on 023 8033 2491.

Your Voice

The voices and views of ENYAN members are very important and will ensure that Artswork is credible, up- to-date and informed in its work to liaise and influence central government, key agencies responsible for leading on creative, cultural, youth, community and education services, Local Authorities and the media, about the value of quality arts and cultural practice in the youth arts sector.