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Zealous set up Emerge to celebrate the diversity and merits of the UK’s emerging creative talent; and in turn  safeguard the future of the creative industries by championing new generations of creative talent from all backgrounds across the UK.

Read our thoughts on why supporting emerging talent has never been so important.

Together, let's remind the world that the UK’s creative industries are best in class, worth supporting and open for business.

The Competition

Format

12 Emerge prize categories are open to all creative talent residing in the UK.

All of the categories will be shortlisted to 15, from which industry judges will select the top 3 finalists.

The individual winners of each prize category will be announced at an exclusive awards ceremony in central London.

Categories

Architecture

Art

Craft

Writing

Design

Digital Art

Fashion

Film

Gaming

Music

Performance

Photography

Prizes

£12,000+ in cash prizes

A minimum of £1,000 for the winner of each category (more based on confirmed sponsorships).

Exposure to Industry Judges

Shortlisted candidates will have their work seen by 3 top industry judges.

Coverage in the Media

We’re hard at work confirming partners to celebrate the winners across media related to their craft.

Timeline

29 Jan ’18

Launch, Submissions open

Announce the competition and open submissions to our creative network and beyond.

19 Mar ’18

Submissions Close

Close submissions across all categories.

30 Mar ’18

Shortlists Announced

Zealous and select partners to shortlist candidates and inform all entrants of results.

18 Apr ’18

Finalists Announced

Top 3 candidates in each category, as chosen by the judges, announced and invited to the Emerge Awards.

10 May ’18

Awards Ceremony

Partners, judges, the media and sponsors invited to attend the Emerge Awards, in London Bridge, where the final 12 winners are announced.

Judges

We're thrilled to announce the following incredible judges

We’re not done yet! We’ll be publishing new judges to this page as we confirm them.

Brett Rogers OBE


Craig Hassall AM

Chief Executive
Royal Albert Hall


Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE

Double Bassist; Artistic & Executive Director
Chineke! Foundation


James Lingwood

Co-Director
Artangel


Cherie Federico

Director
Aesthetica


Ghislaine Boddington

Creative Director
body>data>space


Will Alsop OBE

Stirling Prize winning Architect
aLL Design


Hazel York

Architect / Partner
Hawkins\Brown


Sharmaine Lovegrove

Publisher
Dialogue Books


Melissa DeWitt

Editor-in-Chief
Hotshoe Magazine


James Hill

Photographer
James Hill Photography


Eric Akoto

Founder/Editor-in-Chief
Litro Literary Magazine


Jade Chandler

Editorial Director
Harvill Secker


Paul Mitchell

Producer and Director
Wilton Films


Amanda Nevill CBE

CEO
BFI


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Reach

Accessing the most diverse creative talent requires exposure

and uniting our creative industries requires input from across the UK .

We couldn’t do it alone, which is why we’re partnering with like-minded organisations to help us.

Here’s a breakdown of the impact of our confirmed partners (updated as they’re confirmed).


Current Total Reach

~1,403,000

Our Reach


Network
13,000


Social
61,000

Partner Reach

Newsletter
Subscribers
~329,000

Social
Following
~1,000,000

Media Partner Reach

TBC

Awards Ceremony

Celebrating creativity warrants a good party

The winners from each category will be announced at a central London venue, with a few speeches, drinks, creative happenings and many laughs.

We’re honoured to be hosting our awards at the incredible Ugly Duck in London Bridge – a venue which offers creative talent across the capital valuable access to affordable space.

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About Zealous

Our Network

Zealous was founded in 2011 to empower creatives. We recommend opportunities to our community based on their portfolios, and make it easier for organisations to source creative talent for projects, exhibitions, competitions and more.

Our Events

We’ve successfully run two large-scale interdisciplinary festivals (Zealous X). The latest showcased 115+ artists across 7 disciplines at Rich Mix, London, bringing 10,000 people to the space. Zealous also runs bimonthly meetups for the creative community.

Our Founder

Guy Armitage, was Guardian’s Creative Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013, has discussed the world-changing potential of creativity at TEDx and in Forbes; speaks at conferences about the importance of diversity, has won the Tate Digital Art Hackathon in collaboration with Ai Wei-Wei and is a proud trustee of Firstsite in Colchester.

Support Emerge

Sponsor Emerge

Help to celebrate emerging talent across the UK


Support new talent. Highlight creatives and the creative industries as a cornerstone of the UK’s future economic growth.

For a breakdown of our sponsorship packages and benefits

Partner with us

Share Emerge with emerging talent across the UK


Help us shed a light on the talent in your network and maximise the value of our message in celebrating the UK’s creative industries.

We would love to count you among us.

Partners

Sponsors

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Media Partners

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Venue Partners

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We’re only able to access the most diverse creative talent within the UK’s creative industries with the help of others. Thanks to the amazing organisations below.

Network Partner

Creative Partners

Thanks to the following amazing organisations for sharing Emerge with budding talent across their networks. Want to help us get the word out?

Headline Sponsor

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Contact us

“We are incredibly grateful to Zealous for making our searching & selection process so simple. We look forward to working with Zealous again.”

Shakespeare’s Globe

“Zealous adapted their business model to my needs and got the campaign up and running very quickly.  A very professional business to work with.”

Richard Seager Arts Award

“I think the platform is great and I would definitely be keen to use it again in the future. I found it very straightforward to use and was surprised by the number of entries we had in such a short space of time.”

British Science Association