Young Producers x National Portrait Gallery

By Young People, for Young People

A group of young people in the Gallery © Jonny Guardiani

Applications are now closed. Please keep an eye on our Youth page for future opportunities.


A bursary-funded programme for fifteen young creatives aged 18-21 to plan our Youth Private Views at the Gallery

October 2023 - March 2024

Are you aged 18-21 with an interest in cultural events planning and production? Do you find yourself going to gigs, workshops and other events and wonder what would happen if you had the chance to plan something yourself? Or do you think it’s something you might be interested in, but want a chance to figure out what’s involved?

The new Young Producers group at NPG aims to support young creatives with ideas, interests, intrigue and imagination, to co-plan and deliver events for peers in our newly re-opened Gallery. At NPG we look after the world’s greatest collection of portraits. Spanning six centuries, the artworks reveal the inspiring and sometimes surprising personal stories that have shaped, and continue to shape a nation – from global icons to local champions, national treasures to unsung heroes. Find out more about our Gallery and search the Collection.

The group of Young Producers will have the exclusive opportunity to collaboratively organise and deliver our Young People’s Private Views for 2023/24 – 2 late-night free events of our temporary exhibitions programme. Think live music, performances, film screenings, artist talks, workshops, quiet spaces and more. In November 2023, the private view will respond to exhibition by David Hockney, Drawing from Life and in March 2024, it will respond to The Time is Always Now: Artists Reframe the Black Figure.

The programme offers creative and professional development for 15 Young Producers interested in using the Collection and spaces as a platform to test ideas, learn new skills, and develop a network of peers. During your time as a Young Producer, you’ll meet a wide range of people working with the Gallery, gaining an insight into the types of careers available as well as collaborating with creative industry professionals.

This is a great opportunity to share your voice and work alongside experts in a leading Gallery in central London. We’ll draw inspiration from the artworks, and you’ll see the events come to life.

Colour photo of a visitor taking a photo of a portrait in the Gallery
© Jonny Guardiani

Requirements for the programme

  • The programme involves planning and delivering two Young People’s Private Views from October 2023 to March 2024. This will involve attending a series of monthly Saturday event planning and prep. sessions in person at the Gallery as well as attending and delivering the two events in November and March. Given the limited number of spaces, when applying please make sure that you can attend all sessions where possible.

Autumn 2023 sessions:
7 October 14.00-17.30
14 October 14.00-17.30
21 October 14.00-17.30
28 October 14.00-17.30
4 November 14.00-17.30
11 November 14.00-17.30
Event date: 13/20/27 November (evening event date tbc)

Spring 2024 sessions:
10 February 14.00-17.30
24 February 14.00-17.30
2 March 14.00-17.30
9 March 14.00-17.30
16 March 14.00-17.30
23 March 14.00-17.30
Event date: 28 March (evening)

  • You must be aged 18-21 when the programme starts.
  • You do not need to be based in London to apply, but you must be able to travel to London for sessions and events, please see below for guidance around travel costs.
  • No previous professional background is needed, but if you have informal experience, please tell us in your application.
  • A passion for either the arts, history, youth culture or events is essential. Please make sure to include this in your application.* 

*At NPG we value everyone’s ideas and experiences – you do not need to be considering a career as an artist to apply. The Young Producers will be working across event planning, marketing, promotion, digital tech, collections and more.

We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and intend for the programme to reflect the diversity of UK society. 50% places on the programme will be ringfenced for producers who identify as disabled, working class, and / or part of the global majority. We also particularly welcome applications from those who are not currently in education or employment. If you’d like to identify in any way listed above, please clearly state this on the application form.

What's included?

  • A £400 bursary per person, to contribute towards your time, ideas, research*
  • Travel expenses of up to £100 for the programme (receipts will need to be provided)
  • A producer pack – made up of arts materials and merchandise from the gallery
  • Refreshments at all planning sessions
  • Complimentary tickets to the exhibition programme at NPG when attending sessions
  • Bespoke mentoring sessions from creative industry professionals (2 per person)
  • Working with various departments at the Gallery, including curatorial, communications, visitor experience, AV tech, public programme teams and more
  • Meeting with the Young People’s Programme Manager to discuss professional development opportunities/pathways at NPG and beyond.

*Bursaries will be paid in two instalments: 50% (£200) in October 2023 and further 50% (£200) in March 2024. Travel expenses can be claimed after each session.

Close-up photo on a crate of badges, one of which is being picked up
© Jonny Guardiani
Leaflets being handed out to visitors
© Jonny Guardiani

How to apply

We are having a short application process for this programme to make sure that everyone who is interested has the opportunity to apply. Please make sure to read the information in the selection process below. You can apply online via our application form at the bottom of this page. If you would like to apply in an alternative format (e.g. voice recording, video), please contact [email protected].

The closing date for applications is Monday 4 September, 12 noon.

When you submit your application form, you will receive a response to say that it has been sent successfully.

If you have any questions around the application process or programme, you can contact us on the above email address.

The selection process

After the closing date, we will anonymise applications and make decisions in consultation with a small group of young people we currently work with. If we have any questions about your application, we may get in touch. The strongest applications will clearly state why they want to be a Young Producer, including: 

  • why you are interested in the opportunity
  • what you might like to learn and share
  • what themes you are interested in exploring 
  • why a place on the programme would benefit you at this time. 

Please ensure you answer each of these points.

We will be in touch via phone to inform successful applicants on Monday 11 September. Unfortunately, we will be unable to provide specific feedback about individual applications, but will follow up with more opportunities which may be of interest at NPG.

Access

If you require access adjustments, support or otherwise to enable full participation in this programme, please include information about this in your application so we can include this in our planning.

Photo of a phone being held up to take a photo of two young people with a guide
© Jonny Guardiani
A group of young people sitting at a table working with art materials
© Jonny Guardiani

Dates at a glance

Closing date for applications: Monday 4 September, 12 noon

Successful producers notified: Monday 11 September

Programme (sessions and events)
7 October 14.00-17.30
14 October 14.00-17.30
21 October 14.00-17.30
28 October 14.00-17.30
4 November 14.00-17.30
11 November 14.00-17.30
13/20/27 November (evening event date tbc)

10 February 14.00-17.30
24 February 14.00-17.30
2 March 14.00-17.30
9 March 14.00-17.30
16 March 14.00-17.30
23 March 14.00-17.30
28 March (evening event)

Apply

Applications are now closed. Please keep an eye on our Youth page for future opportunities.