Creative YOU

Creativity is everywhere. Opportunity is not.     

We are part of the solution. The secret is in our name. Every year Creative Youth Network gives thousands of young people a taste and thirst for the arts and culture and the joy, life-skills and opportunity they bring.   

But we want more.   

Creative YOU is our campaign showcasing how we, you and the engaged, emerging and amazing young creatives we support, come together. 

We want to reveal how, together, we are ambition, quality, cultural democracy and social mobility in action. 

Every young person deserves the right to access creativity and development opportunities in the creative and cultural industries.

It all starts with education.

If all young people have access to creative subjects in school, then talented young people from all backgrounds can pursue their passion, develop crucial skills needed in so many industries and improve their wellbeing.

1. Pledge

Add your name and join the many people passionate about bringing creativity back into our schools.   

With all the pledges we’ll be reaching out to headteachers in Bristol and the South West. We hope this will encourage local academies to give more space to creativity in their curriculum.  

Bristol, being the creative city we know and love, can pave the way for other regions to do the same, showcasing the true value of creativity.  



2. Sign up

Join us by signing up to our newsletter where we share best practice of how to support young people. 

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3. Find out more

Join us by reading and sharing our CreativeYOU report which shows how our work brings opportunities for creative expression and enables young people to explore their talent, regardless of background or circumstance.  

Download our Creative YOU report


Emma's review

I see Grayson Perry on the street. He is wearing a cheesecloth dress and looks harried and stressed. Some young dude in an old levi jacket takes a picture of his back and snickers.

“BLARHGHHH - Ok, lets go”

I follow Grayson Perry around the gallery with 20 other people hanging on to every word. He dances around in front of Object in Foreground and talks about the changing landscape of masculinity. He speaks of the dying manly man left over from the deindustrialisation of Britain and I think of the dude on the street in his worn out Levi jacket and wonder if he understands why his jacket is cool.

“A masculine pantomime”
A deindustrialised hangover.

I feel Grayson Perry’s fondness for the British people and I think of the damaging retrospective nationalist ideals in those who voted leave as he speaks about his Matching Pair. Everyone likes blue and everyone likes walking their dog. Not everyone likes Winston Churchill and not everyone likes Obama. Everyone likes a full cooked English Breakfast.
Grayson encourages a focus on our shared identities and I think of my own efforts to shop locally and ethically and mostly acknowledge that retrospective national ideology.

“Just because your politics is good doesn't mean your art is good for christs sake!”

I watch Grayson Perry amongst his artwork. I look at his colours and the shapes and I listen to his politics.

Marcin's Review

The picture was my immediate response to Perry's fascination with Christian kitsch and folklore. Having an orthodox Catholic upbringing in Poland's Spiritual capital with deeply rooted cult of masculinity and nationalism, I find it interesting and quite problematic how people like to wallow in their identities, let it be Britishness, gayness or celebrityness.

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