Yinan Zhao is a 19-year-old, studying Mathematics at Durham University.
Having experienced art courses in a school environment, He was frustrated by the limitations set out by strict guidelines and mark schemes. His creativity was repressed by grades which lead to the initial idea of XTRA.art.
Since a very young age, he has been working with local art businesses and at the age of 17, Yinan and his business partner hosted their first exhibition named ‘Juxtaposition’ in Hoxton, London. They were extremely grateful for the opportunities offered to them. Yinan and Ria wanted to help more young people strive for excellence freely, leading to the birth of XTRA.art.
After becoming the youngest ever recipients of Arts Council England funding, In 2017 alone, XTRA.art was able to expose over 70 new, culturally diverse young artists to national audiences and introducing art to audiences of 18000+ people as a result of a 214-day touring exhibition around Slough, Southwark, London, Henley-on-Thames and Oxford.
In the past 2 years, He was able to share his passion for emerging artists by hosting events and conferences at high-level platforms such as the Tate Modern, University of Oxford and The British Museum.
“I believe that every young person should be encouraged to stretch their creativity and XTRA.art will be the catalyst for your dreams.”
What is XTRA.art?
BY Yinan Zhao
XTRA.art was formed by Yinan Zhao and Ria Walia in 2015, gaining rapid credibility within South East England and becoming the youngest recipients of Arts Council England funding. As an entirely youth-led group, we provide for emerging artists who are under-appreciated due to lack of support and opportunities available. We collaborate with businesses enhancing their corporate social responsibility and raise awareness of modern social issues through our services and activities.
We are the only organisation in the UK providing a comprehensive solution bridging the gap between the corporate world and emerging artists.
Since 2015, XTRA.art has an intensive portfolio of delivering projects at a national level at places such as the Tate Modern. Our portfolio includes a collective total project value of £72,000. XTRA.art past project partners include British Museum and Tesco (Harris +Hoole).
We were honoured to receive an award for our entrepreneurial skills from our local borough at the Youth Awards, in 2016 and then in 2017. Our artists have been featured in media such as Buzzfeed, Arts Council England, Slough Observer and BBC Radio 1 as well as being commended in the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award; The Poetry Society’s biggest youth poetry competition, and winning the national SLAMbassadors spoken word competition.
Reach XTRA.art on:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Twitter: @xtra_art
- Instagram: @xtra.art
- Facebook: XTRA.art