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, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.

Resources for Young People

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+ who want to engage in youth arts independently.

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.

Youth Arts Advocacy projects

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 hear.

Youth Arts Toolkit of resources

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 Regional Networking Hubs

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.

Youth Arts News

Youth Arts SPEAKS – Call to Participate

Are you aged 18 to 25 and passionate about youth arts and creativity? Join our Youth Arts SPEAKS project and have your voice heard! Building on […]

Cavan Monaghan Youth Arts Bursary: Call for Applications

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) Youth Arts Programme is delighted to invite applications for the Cavan Monaghan Youth Arts Bursary. Eight bursaries worth €800 […]

Recipients of the 2022 Artist and Youth Work Residency Grant Scheme Are Announced!

We will be funding 15 youth arts projects around the country through our Artist and Youth Work Residency Grant Scheme. The scheme is designed to promote innovative partnerships between youth groups, artists and (where relevant) arts organisations.

Youth Arts Training

Event 16th Nov – Sonic Explorations

Join sound artist and instrument builder Ed Devane for a day of exploring interactive electronics, noise making and sound installations. Using the Arduino microcontroller and a […]

Developing Funding Applications for Youth Arts & STEAM Projects

This training is part 3 of our 3-part Youth Arts & STEAM Project Management Series. If you are interested in this training, consider also registering for […]

Design and Evaluation of Youth Arts and STEAM Projects

This training is part 2 of our 3-part Youth Arts & STEAM Project Management Series. If you are interested in this training, consider also registering for […]

Youth Arts Publications

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 […]