About Ignite!

Ignite! was founded in 2006 with the vision of supporting exceptionally creative young people. 


Today, Ignite! works to unleash that exceptional creativity inside every young person, from toddlers to twenties. Our programmes provide a curiosity-first approach to disrupt traditional education and nurture creativity.

Ignite!'s work

Ignite! acts as a bridge between young people, their communities, and professional sectors, bringing together fantastic combinations of people to inspire, widen perspectives, and break down barriers. 

Our work bleeds across sectors and industries, because creativity is a critical skill everywhere. The central thread running through all Ignite! programmes and projects is giving young people the opportunity to discover more about themselves, raise their confidence, and have their ideas heard and supported.

We take pride in our Nottingham focus, but our work has international applications, most powerfully in communities where opportunities and future prospects are limited by poverty or disadvantage.

Ignite!'s values

We promote the creative development of young people because we believe that creativity underpins all disciplines and is a crucial skill to prepare for a rapidly-changing future. 

Our four key values shape the way that we approach our work with young people.

1. Thriving in delight and surprise!

We are joyful and create spaces that are safe and expressive.


2. They pave the way!

We are led by our participants and we place no limit on outcomes for them.


3. No-one is left out!

We assess and remove barriers to engagement and success.


4. We nurture! We care!

We prioritise the protection, comfort and potential of all partners and young people.