Young at Art ReBrand

Young at Art is one of Northern Ireland's leading children's arts not-for-profit companies and home of Young at Art Events and the Belfast Children's Festival. From its base in Belfast's city centre, Young at Art coordinates not only an international festival and a touring events agency, but also a wide variety of projects that encourage children and young people under 18 to enjoy the arts

Paperjam are proud to say we have responsible for the creative output for Young at Art for twelve consecutive years. We were delighted to have this partnership recognized with our nomination for the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2015 Sustained Partnership Award.

This is the second rebrand we have done for the charity, and this year marked us branding our 13th Belfast Children’s Festival.


What Was The Brief?


The charity previously housed 3 brands under one umbrella, Young at Art as a charity, Young at Art Events and the Belfast Children’s festival. The brand was fragmented and losing the potential for promotion and marketing of the charity as well as the opportunity to blend target audiences. They wanted to create one visual identity to encompass all three brands identifying all events and festivals as Young at Art endeavours.


What Did Paperjam Deliver?


A fresh, new, clean, iconic brand. We created a visual identity which is easily recognisable. Regardless of the event or festival the brand message of Young at Art will be delivered to all targeted audience on a broader scale.

This was evident at the launch of the Belfast Children’s Festival 2015 which was delivered very much on brand. The new branding look and feel had been launched in November 2014 so the visual identity of the charity had been receiving exposure for 6 months and this event was unmistakably a Young at Art enterprise.

The colours and logo had been carried through into every aspect of this event with the Y from their logo being brought to life various creative ways. The staff and volunteers were all dressed in brand t-shirts, and merchandise had been created to produce goody bags. Director Ali FitzGibbon was able to deliver a corporate message and presentation while dressed beautifully in brand colours.


How Did Paperjam Create the Brand? 


The 3 dimensional Y symbol came from the idea of merging the 3 main parts of the company as well as showing the depth of work that Young at Art do. This solitary Y simplified all the various names and words in the three brands, into one stand out symbol.

With the Y as the core of the new brand we added one bright colour and a set of patterns that formed the overall look and feel of the brand. The patterns and colours are exchangeable to enable Young at Art to devise a new look for events and festivals year on year without changing the core of the brand. This gives them ownership of their brand.


Childrens Festival


We are now in our 13th year working with the Young at Art Belfast Children’s Festival. The design of the first festival since their rebrand was heavily influenced by the new brand identity.

Each year we receive the new Belfast Children’s Festival theme from the Young at Art team whereupon we develop a complementary visual style to be applied consistently and creatively across all the required branding and print. For each festival we are given a strict budget and deadline and asked to manage their costs and the timeline for production as much as we can. 

With significant cuts in the funding of the arts, the format of print had to be changed and we had to make their budget work harder to achieve a high impact campaign.

This year’s program is a departure from the usual newspaper type, as we wanted to produce a poster that is also a pocket size program. This had to bear the new identity for Young at Art and carry an impact standing out against tourist brochures and other arts programs.



“I have been working in arts marketing for nearly ten years now collaborating with numerous designers at venues, festivals and organisations across NI, ROI and the UK. So far Paperjam are by far the best agency I have had the pleasure to work with, combining technical skill with outstanding creative flair. Their natural intuition and understanding of design briefs and reliability in delivering to deadline make working with them on projects seem effortless.”
Rosanne Sturgeon - Marketing Manager