Have you ever dreamt of designing a dress for Beyoncé, having a book published or even a top 10 record? Past winners of Nottingham’s Young Creative Awards have done all of these things – and this year’s awards are now open. Entries are open to anyone aged 11 to 24 who lives, works or studies in Nottingham.
There are eleven different categories: Animation & Digital Media, Creative Writing, Dance, Design & Architecture, Fashion & Textiles, Film, Graphic Design, Music, Photography, Theatre and Visual Art.
It’s free to enter, and with cash prizes and industry opportunities up for grabs, entrants have got nothing to lose and everything to gain. Participants can conjure up something new to submit or show off existing work, including pieces they’ve done at
school, college or university. It’s a brilliant way for Nottingham’s young people to show off their talents, develop valuable contacts, and perhaps even to launch a creative career. Winners and finalists will have unique opportunities to take part in exhibitions and showcase events, and to take up work placements and mentoring opportunities with creative businesses in the city.
18 year-old Sarah Mensah, from Sneinton, was one of more than 500 young people who entered the Young Creative Awards in 2020. Sarah went on to win the Photography award (16-18 age group) for her beautiful set of studio portraits which explore issues of race and identity.
Sarah said: “Winning the YCA 2020 as a young artist gave me recognition for my work, which led to my first televised interview and publication. This experience has helped me develop confidence in my work, which has led me to work on various creative projects with different organisations such as Nottingham Castle, further developing my creativity and innovation as a young artist.”
Last year’s Young Creative Awards were celebrated online and through a special one hour special programme on Notts TV. Organisers are planning to build on last year’s successes this year and are hoping that exhibitions and events in city centre venues, celebrating this year’s participants, will be possible in the autumn. The Young Creative Awards is run by registered charity Young Creatives Nottingham and supported by a range of local partners across business, arts, health and education, including: Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Dance4, Nottingham CityCare Partnership, Nottingham Music Hub, Nottingham College,Maber, Nottingham Trent University, Skeleton, Broadway, University of Nottingham, Romo and Serif.
Stacey Richards, Senior Human Resources Manager from one of this year’s headline sponsors, software firm Serif, added: “We’re really excited to be sponsoring the Nottingham Young Creative Awards for the second year running. Being in the creative industries, we know how important it is to support the creative community during challenging times like these, so we’re delighted to be a part of such a great event. The level of local talent we saw last year – despite the challenges of lockdown – was outstanding, and we have no doubt that this year’s entries will be just as impressive.”
Entries are open until 21 April 2021. To find out more go to www.youngcreativeawards.org.