YouCreate Competition

YouCreate: Change Competition 2019/20

The 2019/20 theme for UCA’s YouCreate Competition is ‘Change’, and we’re challenging young people, aged 13-18, to think creatively when exploring what ‘change’ means to them.

Entries for the competition can be submitted in various art forms and mediums, such as sculpture, animation, photography, paintings, poetry and short films.

Selected and shortlisted entries will be digitally exhibited by the UK’s number one specialist university for the creative industries, UCA, in Summer 2020.


  • 1st prize – Apple iPad
  • 2nd prize – Go Pro camera
  • 3rd prize – Creative arts material


The YouCreate competition is open to students who are aged 13-18 years, living in Kent and Medway. The closing date for the competition is midnight on 31 May 2020.

Please note that you may only enter the competition once, with one entry per individual. 

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

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2018/19 Winners - Power

The University for the Creative Arts’ (UCA) 2019 YouCreate Competition, based on the theme of Power, saw entries from schools and colleges across Kent and Medway present their artwork through film, sculpture, spoken word, paintings, textiles and photography. The artwork was curated into an exciting exhibition in the Herbert Read Gallery at UCA Canterbury, where over 150 guests attended the private view and the winners were announced.  

“The standard of the entries was outstanding and showcased the breadth of creative talent that young people in Kent and Medway have to offer,” said Emma Bunyard, UCA Collaborative Outreach Manager.  

“The entrants responded to the theme of power in a variety of different ways, with many young people using the competition as platform to share issues important to them, some especially moving and thought-provoking. 

For many, the private view was the first time they had visited a gallery or university and was a brilliant opportunity for young people, parents and schools to come together to celebrate our region’s exceptionally talented students.”

Congratulations to the following prize winners:

  • 1st prize – Scarlett Searle, Spires Academy
  • 2nd Prize – Shannon Kerrigan, Waterfront UTC
  • 3rd Prize – Jaeden Hall, Brompton Academy
  • Public vote winner – Molly Millar, The Rochester Grammar School

Entries were judged by a panel of creative practitioners, that included:

  • Andy Malone – Artist and Course Leader Further Education, UCA Canterbury
  • Beatrice Prosser-Snelling – Strategic Manager, Artswork
  • Stephen Batchelor – Kent and Medway Collaborative Outreach Programme Manager
  • Victoria Barrow-Williams - Creative Learning and Participation Manager Dreamland Margate

1st Place: Scarlett Searle - Starving kid from Africa and an obese kid from North America.

2nd Place: Shannon Kerrigan - That Bully.

3rd Place: Jaeden Hall - Nothing We Can Do

Public Vote Winner: Molly Millar - Contemplation Amongst Chaos


Any questions?

If you have any questions about KaMCOP at UCA, please contact us: 

01252 892787