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The NYAT Charity Auction

19 September 2017 by Emily Moulder
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Last week, we were thrilled to attend a charity auction hosted by the National Youth Arts Trust, whose work provides arts funding for the next generation of performers and creators. The auction featured stunning pieces of work by iconic artists like Picasso, Dali and Grayson Perry, himself a patron of the charity, donated work and helped host the evening.

We were proud to donate a prize of two tickets to Dreamgirls in the raffle prize draw the same evening, which was actually won by one of the artists who had also donated work to the auction!

NYAT Founder Fiona Laird and artist Grayson Perry. Photo Credit: Alexandra Tilling

The work of the NYAT involves providing financial support for young people between the ages of 7-25, assisting with access to dance, music and drama. Seeing the disparity between the financial backgrounds of performers in the UK, the NYAT believes that access to the arts should not be restricted by finances and so they offer bursaries to support young performers.

TodayTix first began working with the charity this year when we launched our Social Ambassador programme and we’re thrilled to be able to continue supporting their work on making arts education more accessible.

In addition to seeing the beautiful art that was auctioned off, it was inspiring to be able to hear directly from two recipients of bursaries, describing how the NYAT went above and beyond to help them along the way.

Moses describes how the NYAT went above and beyond to help him get into drama school. Photo Credit: Alexandra Tilling

Of the evening, the charity stated that, “Thanks to you, NYAT will be able to help more talented young people access bursaries, experience live theatre for the first time or be part of our youth theatre projects; experiences that would otherwise be beyond their reach.”

The auction was a great success and over £50,000 was raised! If you’d like to donate or want to know more about the bursaries provided by the National Youth Arts Trust, you can find out more information here.

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