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2021 YouCreate Competition

Applications are open for young designers and creatives from Kent and Medway to enter our new 2021 YouCreate Competition! This year’s theme is...

CULTURE

Your challenge is to think creatively and explore what culture means to you. Artwork can be submitted in any medium, from film and photography to sculpture or painting.

This year, we're awarding more prizes than ever before, including a MacBook laptop.

The deadline is 31st May 2021.

Enter now

  • 1st Prize - Apple MacBook laptop, one year's membership to a local museum or gallery and a travel bursary to help you visit
  • 2nd Prize - Apple iPad
  • 3rd Prize - One year's subscription to Adobe Photoshop
  • Public Vote Prize - SLR Camera, one year's membership to a local museum or gallery and a travel bursary to help you visit
  • Youth Vote Prize - Art Pack including creative materials and equipment.

To help you create your entry, why not use some of the below as inspiration for your interpretation of 'culture'?

Culture (noun) - 'WAY OF LIFE':

  • Youth Culture
  • Popular Culture
  • Punk Culture
  • Art and Design Culture
  • Urban Culture
  • Digital Culture
  • Cultural Change
  • Culture Vulture

Culture (noun) - 'GROWING':

  • Living Things
  • Cells, Tissues, Organs
  • Organisms / Micro-organisms
  • Artificial environments
  • Bacteria
  • Mutation
  • Evolution

If you are a teacher or community leader from a KaMCOP Partner School, College or Community Group, and would like to organise a virtual workshop to help your young people create entries for the competition, please email us at kamcop@uca.ac.uk.

To download a printable poster to promote the competition in your school/college/youth group please click here, or get in touch as we will be happy to post one to you.

 

The YouCreate Competition is open to students who are aged 13 to 18 years, living in Kent and Medway.

Please read our terms and conditions.

2020 competition:
Change

More than 120 entries were submitted for last year's YouCreate Competition, based on the theme of Change. Students from schools and colleges across Kent and Medway presented their artwork through film, sculpture, collage, poetry, paintings, textiles and photography. 'Change' has been a huge part of our lives recently, and all entries to the competition showed just how important creativity is in these unusual times.

“The standard of the entries was outstanding and showcased the breadth of creative talent that young people in Kent and Medway have to offer. The entrants responded to the theme of Change in a variety of media and, in the currently challenging times, it is wonderful to see how art can be used to address and reflect on personal lives in such moving and thought-provoking ways,” said Terry Perk, UCA Assistant Vice Chancellor (Academic).

 

Last year's YouCreate Competition, based on the theme of Change, saw over 120 entries from schools and colleges across Kent and Medway present their artwork through film, sculpture, collage, poetry, paintings, textiles and photography. 'Change' has been a huge part of our lives in these past few months, and all entries to the competition showed just how important creativity is in these strange and unusual times. 

“The standard of the entries was outstanding and showcased the breadth of creative talent that young people in Kent and Medway have to offer. The entrants responded to the theme of Change in a variety of media and in the currently challenging times, it is wonderful to see how art can be used to address and reflect on personal lives in such moving and thought-provoking ways,” said Terry Perk, UCA Assistant Vice Chancellor (Academic) and Head of School Of Fine Art and Photography

Congratulations to the prize winners:

Entries were judged by a panel of creative professionals including:

  • Terry Perk – Assistant Vice Chancellor (Academic) and Head of School of Fine Art and Photography, University for the Creative Arts
  • Liz Moran – Director of Arts and Culture, University of Kent
  • Jon Schwochert – Creative Workshop Tutor, University for the Creative Arts
  • Elizabeth Whibley - Creative Workshop Tutor, University for the Creative Arts
  • Louise Mayell - Creative Workshop Tutor, University for the Creative Arts
  • David Rabin – Ambassador, University for the Creative Arts, and winner of YouCreate competition 2018.

Showreel of all entries

Thank you to everyone who applied to last year's competition - we loved seeing how you interpreted the theme of 'Change'!

We received over 120 submissions from over 46 schools and colleges, including:

Schools: Aylesford School, Beechwood Sacred Heart School, Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School, Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School, Claremont Senior School, Cornwallis Academy, Dane Court Grammar School, Dover Grammar School for Girls, Folkestone Academy, Folkestone School for Girls, Fulston Manor, Herne Bay High, Highworth Grammar School For Girls, Hillview School for Girls, Holcombe Grammar School, Homewood School and Sixth Form college, Hugh Christie School, Invicta Grammar School, John Wallis Academy, Leigh Academy, Maplesden Noakes Sixth Form, Mayfield Grammar School for Girls, Northfleet School for Girls, Oasis Isle of Sheppey Academy, Rainham Mark Grammar School, Royal Harbour Academy, Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys, The Abbey School, The Archbishop's School, The Canterbury Academy, The Charles Dickens School, The Homesdale School, The Howard School, The Marsh Academy, The Rochester Grammar School, Valley Park School, Victory Academy, Weald of Kent Grammar School, Westlands Secondary School and Wilmington Academy.

Colleges: East Kent College, MidKent College, North Kent College, North West Kent College, Sittingbourne Community College and Ursuline College.

Below is a special video showreel of all of last year's competition entries. 

 

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.

 

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