Back in 2009, The Young Creative Awards were launched to attract and promote up and coming creative talent across Nottingham.  Over the last few years the awards have evolved, to include a number of additional categories and age groups.  
 
This year’s Young Creative Awards were open to young people between 13 and 24 and were based around the theme ‘Nottingham Welcomes the World’.  The awards are going from strength to strength, and 2012 turned out to be the biggest and best yet, with a record number of entries illustrating the breadth of young talent in this city.
 
Following 12months of commitment and hard work from all of those involved, the awards ceremony kicked off at 6:30pm, Tuesday 8th May.  The audience filled The Space at the Nottingham Contemporary, described by host, Mark Del, as “The Young Creative’s Spiritual Home”.  There wasn’t a spare seat in the house as ‘shiny’ headed, Del, played havoc with a lively audience that included local dignitaries, celebrities and supporters of creativity.  Some of which were there to present awards and produce rousing speeches, others were simply there to acknowledge the talent on display.  
 
Awards and special commendations were given in:
  • Animation and Digital Media
  • Architecture, Urban Design, Interior Design and 3D
  • Creative Writing
  • Fashion
  • Graphic Design
  • Music and Performance
  • Photography
  • Visual Arts
 
In Film, Craig Chettle of Confetti Media Group, had the brave but unenviable job of announcing that no awards were to be given under this category. This was due to the fact there were no entries that stuck to the brief.  As we all know, in creative industry, if you go off brief, you don’t get paid, and so it was an important lesson to deliver to all film entrants, and hopefully one that will guide next years budding film makers.  
 
The work on display was of a truly high standard and bodes well for Nottingham’s creative future.  A special congratulations must go to Rhiannon Coffey of South Nottingham College, whose collection of furniture made with screen printed fabric, not only won the Architecture award, but also the much acclaimed “Young Creative of the Year 2012”.
 
Pop Up Nottingham was proud to be involved in this years event by offering a number of prizes to the winning entrants.  We hope that our involvement will grow with the awards in the years to come, and are already looking forward to what 2013 may bring.  Join our mailing list, and be amongst the first to hear about the awards when they are launched later this year.  

Article by Lucy G / 10th May 2012

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Young Creative Awards Ceremony