Nottingham Young Creative Awards 2012
One Nottingham are encouraging people aged 13-24 to participate in what could be a life changing event. With such an abundance of talent across many cultural sectors, it seems only fair our city’s gifted be rewarded (and the great news is the nine categories cover a broad range, thus eliminating any chance of it being an X-Factor style singing contest).
The theme is ‘Nottingham Welcomes the World’, so drum roll for the categories please:
- Architecture, urban design, interior design and 3D design
- Music and Performance
- Visual Arts
- Graphic Design
- Animation and Digital Media
- Creative Writing
These are the categories with details of entry criteria on their website, alongside promising news that the competition is judged in three age categories, so there’s genuine hope for many individuals to win.
Part of the ‘Cultural Olympiad’ taking place next year, Nottingham will be host to 1000 young artists from across the globe, rightfully commencing a ten day festival with home grown talent. The theme is suitably apt as we Nottinghamians really do open doors to all sorts of riff raff: students; ethnic minorities; independent retailers... We just love it, hence why we’ve been voted third best music scene in the UK, aiight.
Are the awards a result of recent hype, or will they propel us further into the spotlight? This chicken/egg scenario is fine either way as good press will only magnify creative efforts of the many young people working hard here. As an aside, it’s great the age limit goes up to 24: too many competitions seem to exclude those over 21. Furthermore, though part of a bigger picture, this particular competition being specific to our city means the judges will immerse themselves in local creativity, not nationwide applications watering down the contest.
In the words of drunken nuisances everywhere, GET INVOLVED.
You can apply for the Awards via the One Nottingham website
Closing date for entries is Monday 26 March 2012.