Youth Arts

Promoting quality youth arts practice in the youth work sector

We work with you to realise the potential of young people through good quality youth arts practice within youth work organisations and the non-formal educational sector, and to develop appropriate policies and activities at local, regional and national level. The NYCI Youth Arts Programme is a strategic partnership of The National Youth Council of Ireland, The Arts Council and The Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

Resources for young people who are staying at home

We have put together a short list of podcasts, film, photography, visual art, creative writing and reading resources and book recommendations for young people aged 12+ for young people who find themselves stuck indoors for the coming weeks.

€5,000 Artist and Youth Work Residency Grant Scheme open for applications!

Do you have a good idea for a youth arts project but need funding to work with an artist? Apply now for the Youth Arts Explorer Grant €1500 or Youth Arts Full Grant €5000.

We are looking to support partnerships involving artists in residence in youth work settings or youth groups in residence in arts settings, starting in June 2020. This long running scheme managed by the National Youth Council of Ireland on behalf of the Arts Council and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs has been successfully bringing together artists and youth workers over the past number of years. Is this your year to get involved?

National Mapping of Youth Arts Provision
– Are You On The Map?

The National Youth Arts Programme is delighted to announce that we have engaged University College Cork to undertake a National Mapping of Youth Arts Provision.

This will provide data and evidence on young people’s engagement with the arts in youth work settings across the country.

This is an important opportunity to contribute the work of your organisation to a national picture.


Drawing on NYCI’s advocacy expertise across a range of issues affecting young people for many years, this training programme equips young people and their leaders with the skills to take on a burning youth arts issue in their community, helping them to shape campaigns that engage the media and elected representatives and ensure their voice is heard.




Commissioned from a range of specialists, youth workers and trusted voices across the arts and youth sectors, our Youth Arts Toolkit of Resources includes practical ‘how to’ guides, workshop outlines and opinion pieces across 3 key themes responding to your needs and supporting our training programme: Inpiration, Policy, and How To?


The NYCI Youth Arts programme provides evidence-based policy and programme advice and represent young people’s interests and works to shape and influence legislation and emerging policies that impact on the lives of young people and their engagement in the arts.

Youth Arts Advocacy



Our Regional Networking Hubs support training and development needs that respond to local/regional variation and capacities, help develop better regional partnerships and support youth arts provision in youth work organisations.


SPARK Youth Arts Festival – Save the Date

We are delighted to announce the SPARK Youth Arts Festival! Join us online and in-person from February 14th – 18th 2022 for a celebration of youth arts!

New NUI Certificate in Youth Arts with STEAM Specialism now open for applications!

Our NUI Certificate in Youth Arts with a Specialism in STEAM is now open for applications. We’re delighted to be partnering with Maynooth University to deliver this exciting new Level 7 NUI Certificate.

New NUI Certificate in Youth Arts with a Specialism in STEAM

We are now accepting expressions of interest in the NUI Certificate in Youth Arts with a Specialism in STEAM! This Level 7 NUI Certificate is delivered […]


Research LAUNCH: Mapping Youth Arts Provision in Youth Work settings

What is the nature and scope of youth arts provision in youth work settings in Ireland?
What challenges do youth workers, youth arts practitioners and youth organisations encounter in providing opportunities for young people to engage in youth arts?
What are the key recommendations from the research? Join us to find out!

Photography Techniques When Working with Young People

To explore photography as a creative and exciting medium for engaging young people.

Film Editing when Working with Young People Training

This tailored film editing training is designed for anyone working with young people. It provides the basic practical and creative skills to deliver a programme while maintaining a youth work centred approach.


Mapping Youth Arts Provision in Youth Work Settings in Ireland

NYCI commissioned University College Cork to carry out this independent mapping of youth arts provision in youth work settings in Ireland. The research report outlines: What the nature and […]

NYCI Annual Review 2018

We’re very proud of what we achieved for the youth sector in 2018. With our members we’ve worked hard to make sure youth work is recognised […]

NYCI Arts Programme – Digital Filmmaking Handbook

A tool for inspiration, exploration and imagination in youth work. This resource is published by the Youth Arts Programme, an initiative of the National Youth Council […]

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