An opportunity has arisen for artists aged 11-18 to make money from their art and help other disadvantaged artists at the same time.

The young artists make a piece of visual art on the theme of Yorkshire and then send a photo of it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. along with an application form.

A panel of judges will select 50 pieces to enter the collection. IVE will then sell that artwork, first at an auction and then via thier website. The artist gets 60% of the money from that sale and the rest is used to fund IVE’s charitable work providing creative opportunities for disadvantaged young people.

How much does it cots?

Nothing!

No really, how much does it cost?

IVE is a charity and the benefit to them from this competition is that they will keep 40% of the money raised from selling the art which they will use to fund their charitable aims. There is no entry fee for the young artist. Nothing for schools to pay. Nothing for schools or arts organisations to sign up to. Nothing to register for. No resources that have to be used.

Make art, fill in an application form, send it to IVE. That’s it.

The full rules of entry and an application form can be found at weareive.org. The theme for the 2018 competition is 'Yorkshire' and the deadline for entries is 30th May.

Anyone aged 11-18 who can produce any kind of visual art. It’s not just a school’s thing, it’s open to any young person in the UK.

The panel will be looking for work that demonstrates technical artistic skill (taking into account the age of the entrant), imagination, creativity and that responds to the theme of this year’s contest which is Yorkshire.

Jonathan Straight – street photographer and trustee at IVE

Mat Lazenby – Creative Director at LazenbyBrown

Amanda Phillips – Education Officer at Leeds Art Gallery

Leannda Best – photography undergraduate at Leeds University

IVE funds a variety of projects which work with children and young people to develop their creative potential and artistic skills as well as supporting them into pathways into work, particularly in the creative industries.

This money might be used to put on a careers taster day where a group of young people can experience the scope of different careers in the creative industries. It could pay for a pastoral or professional mentor to support a disadvantaged young person in completing a personal development plan that ends with them being equipped with key work skills. It could pay for a group of young people to experience an art form such as a theatre trip so they understand the breadth of UK culture available to them.

For more information about how this money could be used, visit weareive.org.