Young Creatives' Club #02 - A Young Creative Career

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Our 2nd Young Creatives' Club in association with Young Creative Awards & The Prince's Trust, guest speaker YCA 2015 winner, Nikki Charlesworth & Ben Welch

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

A space for our younger creatives 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 : Nikki Charlesworth & Ben Welch

A Young Creative Career : Focus ~ Motivation ~ Challenges

Nikki will talk about her professional journey to date, sharing her experience of how to develop a creative career, how to stay focused and motivated, and how to overcome problems along the way.

Nikki graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2017 with a first class honours degree in Theatre Design. A specialist in Puppetry, Nikki won the Young Creative Award for Visual Art in 2015. She went on to join the creative team producing the opening, closing and medal ceremonies of the World Cerebral Palsy Games in 2015. In 2017 she was presented with the Excellence in Design award by the Chartered Institute of Designers. Since graduating, Nikki has developed a career as a Theatre Designer, Puppeteer, Workshop Leader and Puppet Maker, working all over the UK.

Ben will talk about his experience, challenges and golden gems of lessons learnt along the way.

Ben trained as an actor at the BAFTA award winning Television Workshop in Nottingham from the age of 12. He co-founded Sheep Soup Productions with Artistic Director, Nic Harvey in 2012.

He works as a compere/host both as himself and Sheep Soup created character Mrs Green performing at festivals and gig venues across the UK including hosting Notts TV launch, introducing HRH Prince Harry to Nottingham. He is now Director of Nottingham’s charity music festival Hockley Hustle and is producing a BFI funded short film over Summer 2019.

Ben’s work as General Manager and now Creative Producer at Sheep Soup has seen him successfully progress the company from their debut show Mrs Green through to today including 4 successful Arts Council England applications

In October 2016, Ben was awarded the Noble Kahn Award for Championing Diversity within the TV, Film and Theatre Industry.


Plus a hot desk from an industry expert. Grab some invaluable time to ask those all important questions face-to-face with a professional within the world of business.


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, Nottingham


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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Wednesday 27th November 2019

17:00pm - 20:00pm GMT

Unit 30, Avenue C
Sneinton Market Avenues
England, NG1 1DW, United Kingdom

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