Arts Emergency is a small, crowd-funded charity in Dalston, which exists to defend the study of arts and humanities and to say that pursuing a creative life is a viable thing for young people, whatever their background.
Its aim is to empower young people who don’t come from privilege to lead the lives they want and study for the love of it. It does this by providing underprivileged young people, aged 16 to 19 years, with bespoke one‑to‑one mentoring and introductions to members of their wider network – currently more than 3,000 like‑minded people working in TV, film, music, art, academia, law, architecture, activism, comedy, journalism, publishing, design, theatre and more.
Its volunteers sign up to defend diversity in public life, create privilege for those without privilege and keep the doors of university open to all. Included in this network is the support of a number of high‑profile writers and poets, including Laurie Penny, Jo Dunthorn, Nikesh Shukla, Scroobius Pip, Akala, Bonnie Greer, Kate Tempest, Neil Gaiman, Zadie Smith, Ian McMillan and Frank Cottrell‑Boyce.
Verso Books provides flexible and expenses‑paid work experience to its mentees with a relevant interest. (While predominantly serving London, the charity plans to expand nationally and there are plans to bring members of its network into schools around the UK, to give talks to young audiences that aim to demystify the arts and humanities through accessible and inspiring stories from real life.)
Unit B8, 3 Bradbury Street
London N16 8JN