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Arts Emergency is an award-winning mentoring charity and support network. We work long term with young people in London, Greater Manchester and Merseyside.

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What we believe

“We believe passionately that those with the most potential are often the least able to pay for education, the least able to pull favours or access helpful networks, to work for free, or find shortcuts into paid creative and cultural work.”
Josie Long, Co-Founder

Josie Long stands on stage with her arms outstretched, in one hand she holds a notebook. In the background the words ‘Arts Emergency’ are projected.

What we do

Arts Emergency helps young people flourish in higher education and the cultural industries.

A mostly yellow illustration of two people admiring some graphic design.


hours of mentoring in 2019


trips and opportunities shared


of mentees made professional connections

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