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.
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.
£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.
29 Jan ’18
Launch, Submissions open
Announce the competition and open submissions to our creative network and beyond.
19 Mar ’18
Close submissions across all categories.
30 Mar ’18
Zealous and select partners to shortlist candidates and inform all entrants of results.
18 Apr ’18
Top 3 candidates in each category, as chosen by the judges, announced and invited to the Emerge Awards.
10 May ’18
Partners, judges, the media and sponsors invited to attend the Emerge Awards, in London Bridge, where the final 12 winners are announced.
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.
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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
Media Partner Reach
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.