Young Creatives' Club #03: Making the most of every opportunity

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Young Creatives' Club #03 with guest speakers Liss Cooke, Joab Stewart and Holly Novak

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in association with Young Creative Awards & The Prince's Trust

A space for our younger creatives to to connect, network, hatch plans, collaborate, skill share, be curious, ask questions and discuss all things creative, digital, entrepreneurship, business, and beyond. If you are aged 16-25, this event is especially designed for you, although all ages are welcome.

GUEST SPEAKERS : Liss Cooke, Joab Stewart and Holly Novak

Making the Most of Every Opportunity in a Creative World

Liss Cooke, Liss Cooke Embroidery won the Young Creative Award for Fashion & Textiles (19-24 age group) in 2018, whilst completing her MA in Textile Design Innovation at NTU.

The YCA judges loved Liss’s selection of beautiful embroidered and embellished jewellery designs. Liss went on to take up a traineeship with award-winning fashion brand Mary Katrantzou in London, collaborating on exciting projects including a dress for Beyoncé!

Having been taken on full time, Liss is now Head Embroidery Designer at Mary Katrantzou, while also developing a freelance portfolio which includes textile and jewellery design, and delivering university lectures.

Joab Stewart , STEPS. Professional trainer restoration

Holly Novak, The Hungry Ghost a textile brand aiming to translate narratives through sensory and sculptural knitted textiles. Blurring the line between conceptual artwork displayed as an installation, and functional items that could be placed in the home. Creating feelings of joy and comfort is at the forefront of everything The Hungry Ghost makes, considering how people interact with colour and texture within their lives.

Holly Nowak is the textile designer behind The Hungry Ghost. Holly started working with textiles when she completed a BA Honours in 2014 in Aberdeen at Gray’s School of Art, where she specialised in print and mixed media textiles. Five years later in 2019 Holly completed an MA in Textile Innovation at Nottingham Trent University, specialising in sensory knitted textiles where The Hungry Ghost was born.


After the presentations, Erica Horne from CAD for Fashion and Abi Rose will be hosting a free surgery for those attending the Young Creatives' Club #03 offering advice and ideas.


An opportunity to find out more about Nottingham's annual Young Creative Awards. If you’re young, creative and you live, work or study in Nottingham – the Young Creative Awards could be the start of something truly awesome. By submitting your work to the annual open competition, you could win cash, meet industry experts, see your name on a big screen at the awards show, and open up a whole world of opportunities.

Open to all 11-24 year olds, Nottingham's annual Young Creative Awards give young people the chance to show off their skills across a wide variety of creative categories: Digital and Animation, Design and Architecture, Creative Writing, Dance, Fashion and Textiles, Film, Graphic Design, Music, Photography, Theatre and Visual Arts. Winners receive cash prizes; unique training, development and mentoring opportunities; involvement in exhibition and events; and links with industry experts. Entries close on 23 March 2020. Go to to find out more.


Also a fantastic opportunity to find out more about The Prince's Trust & their work in Nottingham.

It all began in 1976, when HRH The Prince of Wales had a bold idea. Having completed his duty in the Royal Navy, His Royal Highness became dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged young people in the UK. He founded His Trust to deliver on that commitment.

We believe that every young person should have the chance to embrace exciting opportunities. So, we help 11 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed or struggling at school to transform their lives. Our free programmes give young people the practical and financial support they need to stabilise their lives. We help them develop key skills while boosting their confidence and motivation so they can continue to dream big.

Take that idea you've been dreaming of and, with our Enterprise training, mentoring and funding, become your own boss.


Meet like-minded people in a friendly environment, enjoy a drink and some food. Have real conversations, meet your future business partner or customer. Whilst you’re here we’ll introduce you to all the free business courses, talks and workshops on offer to you, here in Nottingham as part of Big House.


Blend Coffee House, Avenue C, Sneinton Market


This event is free, but space is limited! Register NOW!

PLEASE NOTE: The Big House events are free to you, because they are funded – however there is a cost attached to them for us and we are a not-for-profit organisation. So, if you have registered to come, your place will have been paid for. Our events are very popular and we often have a waiting list. With this in mind, if for any reason you are unable to attend it is very important that you cancel your ticket on Eventbrite as soon as possible, to enable someone else to take your place.


As this course is part of an ERDF funded initiative, if you are 16+ you will have the opportunity to be enrolled in The Big House Programme at the event. If you would like any further information on this programme, please contact us at

NB: We will be documenting the event. If you do not wish to be included in images or videos that may be used later for marketing purposes, please let us know beforehand.

This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014 - 2020

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Thursday 27th February 2020

17:00pm - 18:00pm GMT

Blend Coffee Shop
Avenue C, Sneinton Market
, NG1 1DW,

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