Patron: Her Majesty the Queen

Honorary Member: HRH the Prince of Wales

Art for Youth launch party with Jean Noble RI, SWA

Art For Youth Launch 2017, 6Jun2017, photographer Bronac McNeill

Art for Youth London

An affordable art exhibition raising funds for UK Youth


 Art for Youth London 2017 launch party

Now in its 29th year, Art for Youth London is a hugely popular art exhibition which is well on the way to raising £2 million for the national youth work charity, UK Youth.

This annual event has consistently provided quality artwork at affordable prices, giving art enthusiasts the opportunity to buy pieces by talented contemporary artists. Buyers have the added satisfaction in knowing that their purchases have not only changed the lives of thousands of young people, they have also given hundreds of artists the chance to exhibit and sell their oil paintings, watercolours, sculptures, ceramics, photographs and jewellery. Over 1,000 works of art, valued from £200 to £5,000, are offered for sale by approximately 140 artists, who donate 35% of their sales to the charity.This popular two-day exhibition attracts over 2,000 visitors.

On 7th June, about 90 guests were given the opportunity to mingle with auction donors, buyers, angels, sponsors, volunteers, and committee members to enjoy artworks displayed by this year’s invitation artists and to hear, first-hand, about the work of the charity through young people who have benefited by UK Youth. Both the Mayfair venue and delicious canapés were donated by long-term supporter, Strutt & Parker. In her opening remarks Anna Smee CEO of UK Youth said that going to the launch was like “coming home to family” with, in many cases, three generations of the same family enabling thirty years of the annual exhibition to flourish.​

Sam Melluish Chairman of the Art for Youth London Committee introduced Mark Nicholls Chairman of Rathbones, who said how delighted they were to be sponsors for 2017 to further the careers of both artists and young people. Maya Darnton aged 19 then shared what she has gained through UK Youth involvement. Caitlin Mavroleon Art for Youth London’s Creative Director shared the platform with Diana Brooks Founder to speak for the artists and to introduce Jake Barker, winner of the Wates Foundation Diana Brooks prize in 2016, whose work was also on display. Alex Middleton, a participant in UK Youth’s Big Music Project, finished off the speeches by playing guitar.​

Artists taking part included: Tom Coates RP, PPNEAC, Vice-Patron Art for Youth London, who helped hang the first exhibition in 1987; Jean Noble RI SWA; Peter Searight, a photographer who recently won a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show; Alexandra Simondetti, who works in gold leaf; Michael Wallner, whose brushed aluminum vision of St Paul’s is on this year’s invitation cover; Malcolm West, with his lyrical ballet sculpture; and Hannah Campion. All these artists have generously donated their invitation pieces to the live auction in December.

Grateful thanks go to Bronac McNeill for capturing the evening with these wonderful photographs, including the image shown of Jean.

UK Youth is a leading national charity, founded in 1911, that delivers non-formal education opportunities for young people aged 9-25 across the length and breadth of the country.Their mission is to work hand in hand with young people – and the dedicated organisations supporting them – to develop the skills, belief, courage and leadership to build a bright future.Through their network of youth organisations across the country, they reach and impact on more than 830,500 young people every year. Of these, 55,000 participate in UK Youth apprenticeships, accreditations, their life-changing programmes and outdoor education at Avon Tyrrell in the New Forest. UK Youth simply couldn’t continue its vital work without the funds raised at Art for Youth London.

To find out more about UK Youth’s work visit

Save the 2017 dates: 13th to 15th December

Mall Galleries, London SW1

Patron HRH The Princess Royal

President Nigel Mansell CBE

Chairman Anne Stoneham MBE

Chief Executive Anna Smee