Goals and Dreams

There’s just over one week left to enter into this year’s Young Creative Awards.

The theme this year is “Goals and Dreams”. Young people, aged 13 to 24 who live, study or work in Nottingham are encouraged to let their imaginations flow and to enter pieces of work that reflect their aspirations for themselves and Nottingham.

The awards give young people the chance to show off their creative work, network with future employers and gain valuable industry experience and mentoring.

The overall winner across all the categories will be named as the Young Creative of the Year 2016 and will win an additional cash prize, plus an opportunity for work experience, or mentoring from experts in their creative area.

Nigel Cooke, Chair of the Young Creative Awards, said: “We’ve had some amazing entries so far, but there’s still time for people to take part. There are young people in this city who are brimming with talent, imagination, and creativity. We want to showcase their work to Nottingham.

“I want to see entries about sporting goals and creative dreams, to hear what drives our city’s young people and what they dream of becoming. Furthermore, what their hopes and aspirations are for the future. This is unique chance for the young people to show their talent and innovation and to get the recognition and praise they so rightly deserve”

The awards were introduced in 2009 to encourage and inspire young creative talent in Nottingham and to help young people take the next step in developing their potential.

Entries can be anything from a poem, a photograph, an article of clothing, a song, a painting, a design, a film, a short story or whatever you dream of!

The categories are:

  • Architecture and Design
  • Animation and Digital Media
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • Fashion and Textiles
  • Film
  • Graphic Design
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Visual Arts

The closing date for entries is 21 March 2016, with the awards ceremony taking place at the Nottingham Playhouse on 18th May 2016.

To find out more visit www.youngcreativeawards.org

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Qualification Criteria

You must be between the ages of 13 and 24 at the closing date of 21 March 2016. There are 3 age bands – each will be judged in its age range.

  • 13 – 15 years old
  • 16 – 18 years old
  • 19 – 24 years old

You may enter as an individual, as a group, as a class/study group or club.

In each age group and category the judging panels will look for a winner and highly commended entries.

The overall winner across all the categories will be named as the Young Creative of the Year 2016 and will win an additional cash prize, plus an opportunity for work experience, or mentoring from experts in their creative area.

The competition is open to anyone who lives, studies or works in Nottingham.  The specification and criteria for each of the categories is available on the Young Creative Awards website.

All entrants will be invited to a free awards ceremony on Wednesday 18th May at the Nottingham Playhouse, where the entries will be showcased and celebrated.


Goals and Dreams reflect our city.  Nottingham has always had great ambition, as a city we are proud of our achievements, such as winning the titles of City of Football and Home of Sport.  Winning and hosting great sporting events, bringing people from across the world to our region. So in our City of Football your goal could be around creatively representing the “beautiful game”, or about succeeding in football. The Nottingham City of Football Board is keen to see your entries, as they are looking for new and imaginative ways of marketing the game. City of Football is about finding new markets, new players and new ways of playing. Your entry may encourage any of these.

There are also many other ways in which you could connect or interpret the Young Creative Awards 2016 “Goals and Dreams”.

We drive forward in music and are one of the leading lights in new, raw talent in the world, with new artists regularly achieving great success in the entertainment business.

We are fashion crazy and have a host of young independent fashion houses in the city, with an underground movement of young fashion designers who may have come from our wonderful Universities and Colleges to achieve their goals.

Our heritage is very important to us.  Nottingham is a city with an amazing history.

Being innovative and forward-thinking in our design and architecture stands us out from the crowd. We have a rich vein of talent in the visual arts sector, and we have established up-and-coming film makers, photographers and artists in the city.

We love to dance and to perform, with a wealth of aspiring, inspirational young people who have excelled in the arts.

We are a city of technology, science and inventions and ambition.