Creative young people are being given the chance to showcase their talent and improve their future prospects.

The Young Creative Awards 2015 are open to people aged 13 to 24 who live, study or work in Nottingham and are an opportunity to show off creative work, network with future employers, and gain valuable industry experience and mentoring.

Run by One Nottingham, the theme for the Young Creative Awards 2015 is ‘Made in Nottingham’. They want young people to tell them what great things are made in this city.

It can be something that is personal to them. It may be a moment in time that they have captured in the city on film, it may be an object that was built or designed in the city or a product that is linked with Nottingham that they want to celebrate. It could be a song that was recorded here, a photograph taken here, a design or item of clothing that was made to wear here or a story or poem that was written about here.

Entries can be made by individuals, as a group, as a class/study group or club. The closing date for entries is 23 March 2015 (20 March 2015 for Music entries).

Entrants will have the opportunity to win a mixture of cash and other prizes, including valuable work experience which will enable them to further their creative career and have their work displayed around the city.

Councillor David Mellen, Chair of the One Nottingham partnership, said: “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. Every year I am impressed by the creativity, talent and professionalism of our young people here in Nottingham. We are proud to shine a light on their imagination, skill and dedication.”

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.

YCA winner
Young Creative 2014 – Karolina Stebelska

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.

This year’s award ceremony will be held on Friday 15 May at The Nottingham Playhouse. Tickets are free and will be available from the box office in the near future. For more information you can email

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 –

Twitter – @nottinghamyca

Facebook – /ycreatives