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Arts Emergency is an award-winning mentoring charity and support network. We work long-term with under-resourced young people in London, Brighton, 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.


creative and cultural opportunities shared in 2022


mentoring sessions in 2022


of mentees said they understood more about the world of work by the end of their mentoring year (2022)

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