At the new National Youth Arts Wales, we have developed a year-round programme of projects and events that will provide routes for a wide range of young people to build confidence, creativity, aspiration and ambition and develop their lifelong engagement with the arts.

As well as the annual residency programme, we are creating new projects which emphasise diversity and inclusion. Our recent Music Futures and Côr Skills projects, piloted in 2019, are symbols of our commitment to widen access to the National Ensembles, to sharing best inclusive practice and to safeguarding development pathways for young people.

  • By having a pan Wales offer, NYAW will continue to challenge geographic barriers to participation in our programmes.

  • We will continue to make it our mission to ensure our bursary schemes are targeted at those who will benefit most from financial support.

  • We will continue to build on our track record of leading the way in offering outstanding performance and development opportunities for young people to ensure careers in the creative industries are considered possible.

If you would like to discuss an idea for a new NYAW Projects collaboration, please do get in touch with us at


Côr Skills workshops

With the generous support of the Garfield Weston Foundation, National Youth Arts Wales delivered its first ever choral development programme in 2018/19.   

Music Futures

In 2019, we celebrated the success of our first rock and pop ensemble – Music Futures – a collaborative, creative experience for young people who wouldn’t normally have access to any of the national ensembles in Wales.   

“By focusing on inclusion and diversity, by maintaining strong cultural leadership and a commitment to supporting and delivering inspirational experiences, National Youth Arts Wales will embrace its role in the process of creating alternative futures for young people in Wales from all backgrounds.”

Gillian Mitchell, NYAW Chief Executive

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