Nottingham College have student winners in 8 out of 11 categories at this year’s prestigious Nottingham Young Creative Awards – achieving more winners in more categories than any other college in the City.
Creative students from the College are celebrating after winning in Fashion and Textiles, Photography, Animation & Digital Media, Design and Architecture, Visual Arts, Graphic Design, and Creative Writing categories at the special awards ceremony held at Nottingham Playhouse on 21st May.
The awards give young people across the city the chance to step into the limelight and be recognised for their creative talents. This is the 11th annual awards, which saw over 500 entries across 11 categories. Winners received a cash prize as well as mentoring opportunities and support from creative businesses.
Emmett Seelochan, age 18, from Sherwood, won the Design & Architecture category, with his work motivated by his love of cycling. Emmett designed a bike hub inspired by the Trent Basin development on the banks of the River Trent. He said:
It was such a surprise to win the award and I think it’s only just sinking in. It was a nice feeling walking into College and having my friends and lecturers congratulate me.
Emmett is progressing to Trent University in September to study Architecture. He added: I really enjoy architecture but I’m keeping an open mind when it comes to my career because the subject is so broad and can lead to so many different opportunities. For me, it’s the flexibility of design which is most exciting.- Emmett Seelochan
Nottingham College Head of Faculty - Creative Arts, Jonathan Laud, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the results and I couldn’t be more proud of our students, who have shown so much passion and enthusiasm for the courses they are studying.”
Nottingham College is the largest college in the region and offers a range of creative courses, from Level 1 through to degree-level study. Jonathan Laud adds:
“I think the quality of our courses and the expertise of our teaching staff is demonstrated through the amount of winners we had at the awards.
“We strongly encourage our students to enter competitions like these because, not only do they shine a spotlight on the outstanding young talent we have here at College, they also provide a platform for our students to showcase their work to industry professionals, and the chance to be recognised and awarded for their hard work and efforts.”
Jonathan English, Chair of the Young Creatives Trustees, said: “We were again excited by the quality of work and the thoughtful nature of the young people, the upbeat, the humour, and the imagination and talent on display. Some very serious issues were raised by the young people’s work. They creatively identified issues which concern them, including knife crime, the environment and depression.
“Our young creatives really shine an amazingly bright light on Nottingham and it seems a shame to pick out winners of awards, as all of the 77 shortlisted entrants were superb.”
The full list of Nottingham College winners are:
· Jamie Griffiths, age 17 – Animation & Digital Media 16-18
· Emmett Seelochan, age 18 – Design & Architecture 16-18
· Lucy Bowskill, age 18 – Fashion & Textiles 16-18
· Jessica Pearson, age 20 – Photography 19-24
· Zac Goodwin, age 17 - Photography 16-18
· Maddy Horrigan, age 15 – Visual Arts 13-15
· Morgan Morris, Lachlan Page-Curwood and Isaac Shabaz - Graphic Design 16-18
· Claudia Roe, age 17 – Creative Writing 16-18
Winners in each category received a cash prize of £100 and there will also be opportunities for public exhibition of their work, mentoring, support or work experience from local creative businesses. The aim is to open doors for young creative people and match them with businesses who can offer everything from work experience and workshops, to promoting their work through exhibitions and creative networks.