ORBIT Youth Council is a group of 16-18-year olds from all over Scotland; Orkney to Glasgow, Mallaig to Cumbernauld. We are dedicated to amplifying the voice of Scotland’s youth.

Together with a team from Jupiter Artland, the Youth Council is shaping an exciting, new programme of art projects for communities across Scotland. Young people are at the helm of the decision making.

Applications are now open for 2021 recruitment - head to our website to find out more and apply.

"It brings out a passion in you. It makes you happy, you can come here and talk about art .. it widens your mind" Lyela


PJ -

My weekend with the ORBIT Council was amazing. I want to thank Jupiter Artland for the generosity that they’ve shown to me and the other members and for bringing me together with a group of new friends…it was such a magical experience and I wouldn’t trade it for the world!

Our journey so far…

ORBIT Youth Council have been contributing to Jupiter Artland’s artistic programme since it was formed in 2018.

As a team, we are developing a range of soft and practical skills to prepare us for leaving school. 


What we want:

# Have a voice in the shaping of our communities

# Bring outstanding art experiences to high-streets across Scotland

#  Get a head start in career paths in the Creative Industries

#  Learn how to present ideas and engage in debate with diverse audiences and communities​


We helped shape Rachel Maclean’s artwork now open at Jupiter Artland upside mimi ᴉɯᴉɯ uʍop. This incredible artwork takes the form of an abandoned high-street shop, inhabited by the cartoon princess Mimi. Already, we have researched real-life highstreets across Scotland where art could play a transformative role. We are looking for young people – aged 16 or 17 – to join ORBIT Youth Council to help realise our vision for taking Rachel’s artwork to communities across Scotland.   

Charlotte -

My favourite part of the tip was hearing about everyone else’s background in art…my family are not as interested in art as me so being able to go with other people who also enjoy art was fun, and I felt like we all shared an appreciation for the works. I am very excited about what we can produce as a council in the future!’

What's in it for us?

  • Make an impactful difference in your community through your creative ideas.

  • Meet + collaborate with exciting people, broaden your insights into contemporary art, and build confidence in your creative expression.

  • Be mentored by an experienced Creative Industries professional (such as artists, curators and many more)

  • Develop team work and decision-making skills – be empowered to choose your own path.

  • Great stuff for your CV and UCAS form.

  • Free trips, travel, accommodation and food.


"The latest ORBIT weekend was again an amazing new experience. The mix of presentations and workshops helped me develop a range of skills. Splitting into smaller groups created an environment where everyone felt really confident and comfortable sharing their ideas and suggestions and suited my learning and teamwork strengths."

Hermoine -


ORBIT Youth Council are a diverse group of 16-18 years olds who want to make a difference, want to be heard and want to bring change to their community.


The Youth Council are exploring the world of the arts and Creative Industries in Scotland and further afield. They are meeting artists, reflecting on the creative possibilities where they live and are matched with industry mentors. 

Watch this short video from Hannah Bardell MP for Livingston to hear more about ORBIT.

Since forming in 2018, we have made real change happen at Jupiter Artland. In 2019, we designed, created and curated our own festival area at JUPITER RISING, brining audiences on an immersive experience and using green-screen technology to blast them into outer space. We have travelled to London, Glasgow, Edinburgh and beyond, meeting world-renowned artists and seeing exhibitions by Antony Gormley, Rachel Maclean, Olafur Eliasson and Yayoi Kusama. We have collaborated with artists like Peter Liversidge and Rachel Maclean to make young people’s voices heard,and we’ve done this together, showing that Scotland’s young people have the power to make the future better.

"(It was) quite a change when we went to see the Yayoi Kusama exhibit, people were actually commenting on the art - rather than just saying that is a pretty colour - it was different, people were actually talking about meaning" Theo 


Read more about what we have been up to on the Orbit blog