Young People in the Arts (YPIA) has appointed four new directors and is looking to expand its reach beyond London. With its offer of networking, workshops and peer mentoring, YPIA supports arts professionals at the start of their careers.
The four new directors are Yasmin Hemmings (director of planning), Rebecca Johns (director of communications), Kate Jones (director of London partnerships and finance) and Esther Poole (director of regional partnership and finance). Each will hold their post for four years.
“As a new team, we are all passionate about the arts and about making them as accessible to as many people as possible,” remarked Hemmings. “The key to that aspiration is learning from and supporting each other, and we are determined that YPIA can continue to play a role in helping the arts to thrive.”
Hemmings also commented on YPIA’s plans for regional growth: “Our aim with the regional ambassadors is to broaden our reach with YPIA and bring development and networking opportunities to young professionals in arts communities all around the UK. We want YPIA to be accessible to everyone, not just those close to London.”
In addition, YPIA has added 11 new committee members, representing organisations such as the British Museum, London Symphony Orchestra and National Theatre.
The next YPIA workshop, ‘The Future is Freelance’, takes place on 18 October at the Young Vic Theatre in London. Tickets for the session cost GBP16 (GBP8 for members), and are available through YPIA’s website.