University triumphs in Nottingham young creative awards20 July 2010
A collection of manga-style graphics depicting different sports saw a Nottingham Trent International College student win the top award in a competition to celebrate the creativity of young people.
Student, Siting Zeng, was named Young Creative Person of the Year at the Nottingham Young Creative Awards, with her entry also picking up first prize in the graphics and advertising category.
Nottingham Trent University photography student, Stefan Ebelewicz, meanwhile, won first prize in the photography category, for his images documenting a mixed martial arts tournament; and Fine Art student, Alexander Pain, was runner-up in the Visual Arts, 18-22 category. The winners were announced during a ceremony at Nottingham Contemporary.
Siting focused her designs on four sports - football, basketball, ice-skating and skateboarding - which she felt were particularly popular in both Nottingham and her home country, China. She created four well-crafted and colourful designs depicting each sport separately, and a fifth which encapsulated all four together.
Entries for the competition, organised by One Nottingham and Nottingham City Council, were judged by an independent panel of experts from different sectors. There were seven categories open to both 14-17 and 18-22 year olds, which also included visual arts and crafts; architecture, urban and interior design; fashion design; short film and animation, and music.
Siting, who has designed book and CD covers in China, will begin a graphic design degree at Nottingham Trent University in October. She has been studying at Nottingham Trent International College, which offers programmes for international students looking to progress to the university.
She said: "It is so exciting to be recognised in this way and a great prelude to starting my degree later this year. Nottingham Trent University has a fantastic international reputation for creativity, which is one of the main reasons why I wanted to come here to study."
Councillor Jon Collins, the Chair of One Nottingham and Leader of Nottingham City Council, said: "We have some incredibly talented young people in our city and these awards recognise and celebrate their abilities. With Nottingham aiming to become a world class city for culture, learning and business, it was a great opportunity for the city's young talents to make their mark and step into the limelight and gain some valuable experience that will help them if they choose a career in our creative industries."
The awards were supported by a number of Nottinghamshire-based organisations and educational institutions including Speedo International, Paul Smith, Confetti Media Group, South Nottingham College, the University of Nottingham, Economic Development at Nottingham City Council, Fourmost Films and Fast Graphics.