Join our young people’s collective New Focus — Impressions Gallery

Are you aged 16 to 25? Do you live work or study in Bradford? Are you striving to improve your skills, utilise your creativity, and meet like-minded young people? As a member of New Focus, all this and more is possible.

Being part of New Focus will give you the opportunity to work with Impressions team to develop creative projects. You will have the chance to meet successful artists, support exhibition installations, run events and develop exciting new projects.

Over the past ten years New Focus have designed and written publications, developed exhibitions, directed films, run events, featured on the radio, led social media campaigns, written blogs and magazine articles, taken over the gallery for open mic and creative activities, and much more. Be part of the team during this exciting time as Bradford is UK City of Culture 2025.

Why Join

As a New Focus member, you will have the opportunity to gain new skills and experiences in a fun inspiring environment, surrounded by other young people you can collaborate and connect with.

As part of New Focus you will have the chance to:

  • Build your skills in photography, creative writing, film making, running events, social media and much more.
  • Work as a team, make new connections and meet other like-minded individuals.
  • Work alongside Impressions Gallery’s team, meet exhibiting artists and other professionals in the cultural sector.
  • Work directly with the public at events, gaining valuable customer service experience.
  • Develop skills in project management, leadership, and communication.

Winners of the Creative Learning Award, New Focus is an ambitious group of young people with projects recognised even in The House of Commons. New Focus provides young people with skills and opportunities that further their professional development. Many of our past members have emerged into successful careers with roles at the BBC, Channel 4, Magnum Photos, The National History Museum and other influential art and media organisations, all supported by their development at New Focus.

Read more about how to apply below.

How to apply

So, do you want to be part of the bigger picture?  Come and join New Focus and help us develop more award-winning projects.

It is important to us that New Focus is representative of all young people; from different ethnicities, cultures, and backgrounds – we want everyone to have a voice.

Find our application form below and share it with your friends!

Email your completed application to or send it to Impressions Gallery, Centenary Square Bradford BD1 1SD.

If you have any questions, you can contact New Focus on:

Instagram: @ImpNewFocus
Twitter: @ImpNewFocus
Facebook: Newfocus/Impressions

Deadline for applications: 11 November 2022

Once you have applied you will be invited to come to our friendly Information event at the gallery on Thursday 17 November from 5pm to 7pm.

We look forward to collaborating with you soon!

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