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Young Creative Awards nurture “learning designers of the future”

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Learning consultancy Walkgrove seeks to nurture the next generation of learning designers, visual artists and creatives through sponsorship of this year’s Young Creative Awards. Open to 11- to 24-year-olds, the annual competition celebrates creativity across 11 diverse categories from film, graphic design and music to dance, animation and photography. The awards are designed to help talented young people access education, training and employment opportunities and to support a flourishing cultural and business community.

Leading e-learning and training consultancy Walkgrove has been announced as one of the sponsors of this year’s Young Creative Awards, a competition which supports and celebrates the creative achievements of young people in Nottingham. Now an established part of the Midlands’ cultural calendar, the Young Creative Awards have given out over 300 prizes in the last 12 years. Winners receive cash, unique industry experience and creative encouragement.

Sponsors support a network of creative and industry professionals to help awardees carve out their creative careers and have a positive impact on the culture and economy of the city.

Walkgrove Managing Director Sarah Smith commented, “creativity is the life-blood of Walkgrove’s work in training development. Our award-winning team includes storytellers, creative writers and skilled visual and vocal artists. We are delighted to support the Young Creative Awards in boosting the next generation of creatives. These bright young people could well be the learning designers, training architects, graphic artists and problem-solvers of the future.”

Past winners of the Young Creative Awards include successful musicians Rob Green and Philip George, writer, performer and former editor of LeftLion newspaper, Bridie Squires, acclaimed dancer Jamal Sterrett Phoenix, social media superstar Romanie-Jade Tulloch and published author Rebecca Constable.                     

Nick Lawford, Project Co-ordinator, Young Creatives Nottingham said, "the Young Creative Awards would not exist without the support of sponsors spanning business, education and the arts. We are very pleased and proud to welcome Walkgrove as our newest category sponsor this year. It's inspiring to see a company that values creativity so highly. We look forward to working with the Walkgrove team this year to support and nurture the creative talent of young people locally.”

About the Young Creative Awards

Since its inception in 2009, the aim of the Young Creative Awards has remained simple: to inspire, support and celebrate young creative talent in Nottingham. Run by Young Creatives Nottingham (registered charity number 1168804), the Young Creative Awards is open to 11-24 year-olds working, living or studying in Nottingham. The 2021 Young Creative Awards is currently open for entries, across 11 categories: Animation & Digital Media, Creative Writing, Design & Architecture, Dance, Fashion & Textiles, Film, Graphic Design, Music, Photography, Theatre and Visual Arts. The deadline for entries is 21 April 2021. The shortlists will be announced via social media between 7 and 17 June 2021. The winners will be announced on Friday 18 April 2021. In the summer, Notts TV will produce a programme celebrating the winners of this year's Young Creative Awards, presented by actor Cassie Bradley.

 Read more about the Young Creative Awards and submit an entry before 21st April 2021 at