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YouCreate competition

YouCreate
Competition

We're inviting young designers and creatives aged 11-18 from the United Kingdom to enter our YouCreate Competition. This year’s theme is... A VOICE!

Your challenge is to think creatively and explore what "A Voice" means to you. Entries for the competition can be submitted in any art form or mediums, such as sculpture, animation, photography, paintings, poetry and short films.

Entrants could be in with a chance of winning some great prizes and selected entries will be displayed in a special exhibition at one of UCA’s Kent campuses in Summer 2023.

Applications are now open!

Due to popular demand, this year there are two opportunities to enter:

  • If you are a young person, submit your individual entry using the link below. An individual entry must be one artwork/piece per person.

Individual entry form

  • If you are an adult submitting a group entry on behalf of your school, college or youth group, please use the link below.

    To submit your group entry form you will need to upload a completed register – please download the template below. Incomplete or missing registers may mean your entry is not accepted. Please email outreach@uca.ac.uk if you have any issues using the forms.

Group entry form Download register

The deadline to submit an entry is midnight on 31st May 2023.

Individual Prizes

A 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize will be awarded for individual entries in each of the following Key Stages. Your entry will be automatically entered into the relevant category based on your date of birth.

Key Stage 3 (KS3) Category – for those in Year 7, 8 and 9

  • 1st prize- £75 Amazon e-voucher and a creative arts portfolio and equipment pack
  • 2nd prize- £45 Amazon e-voucher and a creative arts portfolio and equipment pack
  • 3rd prize- £30 Amazon e-voucher and a creative arts portfolio and equipment pack

Key Stage 4 (KS4) Category – for those in Year 10 and 11

  • 1st prize- £75 Amazon e-voucher and a creative arts portfolio and equipment pack
  • 2nd prize- £45 Amazon e-voucher and a creative arts portfolio and equipment pack
  • 3rd prize- £30 Amazon e-voucher and a creative arts portfolio and equipment pack

Key Stage 5 (KS5) Category – for those in Year 12 and 13

  • 1st prize- £75 Amazon e-voucher and a creative arts portfolio and equipment pack
  • 2nd prize- £45 Amazon e-voucher and a creative arts portfolio and equipment pack
  • 3rd prize- £30 Amazon e-voucher and a creative arts portfolio and equipment pack

Group Prizes

A 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize will be awarded for group entries across all ages/key stages as follows:

  • 1st prize- £100 Amazon e-voucher and a creative equipment pack
  • 2nd prize- £50 Amazon e-voucher and a creative equipment pack
  • 3rd prize- £25 Amazon e-voucher and a creative equipment pack

All prizes are subject to availability.

The YouCreate Competition is open to students who are aged 11 to 18 years old, living in the United Kingdom. For full eligibly criteria please see the terms and conditions.

Please read our competition terms and conditions.

Last year's YouCreate Competition, based on the theme of Freedom, saw over 100 entries from across Kent and Medway, with students presenting their artwork through film, sculpture, collage, poetry, paintings, textiles and photography. The standard of entries was outstanding and entrants reponded to the theme of Freedom in inspiring and thought-provoking ways.

Congratulations to the prize winners:

  • 1st Prize winner – ‘Deutsche Destrier' by Eleanor Mountford.
  • 2nd Prize winner – ‘A Corner of Nature’ by Elle Goncalves.
  • 3rd Prize winner - ‘Key to Freedom’ by Mia Manalang.
  • Public Vote winner - ‘A Corner of Nature’ by Elle Goncalves.

Entries were judged by a panel of creative and Higher Education professionals including:

  • Mavernie Cunningham – Programme Director of Fine Art, University for the Creative Art
  • Callum Donnelly- Actor and Creative Workshop Tutor, University for the Creative Arts
  • Michelle Isong - Student Ambassador, University for the Creative Arts
  • Louisa Clements - Learning Officer at Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust

Wondering what it's like to enter a creative competition?

Hear from 2018's YouCreate:Selfie Competition Winner, David Rabin, as he talks about what it's like to enter the competition and the creative experiences and successes he has had since in the video below.

 

In Year 10-13 and living in Kent and Medway? Apply for a free creative kit full of equipment and materials to help you create an entry for the competition. Eligibility criteria applies- find out more and apply.

Get
in touch

If you have any questions about our YouCreate Competition, please email us: 

outreach@uca.ac.uk.