The best of Nottingham’s young creative talent will be on show at Nottingham Playhouse on Friday (15 May).

Hundreds of people will attend the 7th Nottingham Young Creative Awards, which give people aged 13 to 24 who live, study or work in Nottingham the chance to show off their creative work, network with future employers and gain valuable industry experience and mentoring.

The theme for entries this year is ‘Made in Nottingham’.

The awards, run by One Nottingham, capture young people’s perspective of Nottingham and find out what they think makes our city unique, distinctive and proud.

A record 300 entries have been submitted this year – and the judges have whittled them down to a shortlist, with only one person being crowned ‘The Nottingham Young Creative of the Year’. The award will be presented by one of the UK’s most hotly-tipped new voices, Nottingham singer songwriter Indiana.

Some of the city’s most successful creative youngsters, from acting, dance and performing arts will all be there, and the big finale will see the announcement of the theme for the Young Creative Awards 2016.

Councillor David Mellen, Chair of the One Nottingham partnership, said: “Nottingham’s next generation is brimming with stunning talent, imagination, creativity and hard work. These young people make the future bight for Nottingham. On one special night each year we showcase the talent and dedication of our city, and give our young people the recognition and praise they so rightly deserve.

“This event is so important to young creative people in Nottingham because it provides them with a platform to showcase their work and meet other people in the industry too. This is vital in helping them take their first steps into a future career.”

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.

In 2014, when the theme was ‘Nottingham Loves…’, Karolina Stebelska won the Young Creative of the Year Award for her stylish and innovative dress to represent the walls and surfaces on the Nottingham Caves. As well as cash prizes, Karolina won work experience with Speedo, sponsors of the Fashion and Textile category and mentoring from corset designer and founder of Eternal Spirits, Susi Henson.

The Young Creative Awards has a dedicated website where more information can be found.

The categories for 2015:

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

Check out the YCA 2015 launch video –

The event is sponsored by Central College Nottingham, Confetti, Nottingham CityCare Partnership, Nottingham Music Service, Maber, One Nottingham, Dance4, Nottingham Trent University, New College Nottingham, Skeleton Productions, Michon Creative and Speedo.

YCA on social media

Twitter – @nottinghamyca