Chance for teens to get Cre­atif and win awards

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Teenagers are be­ing asked to put their creative skills to the test for Youth­town’s Cre­at­ifs Young De­signer Awards.

The awards are open to all 13 to 18-year-olds who are pas­sion­ate about art, fash­ion and de­sign and want to chal­lenge their cre­ativ­ity.

Ter­tiary in­sti­tute AUT has come on board as prin­ci­pal spon­sor for the awards, which are in two cat­e­gories – the AUT Wear­able Art Award and the AUT Fash­ion De­sign Award.

The wear­able art cat­e­gory is chal­leng­ing de­sign­ers to cre­ate a mask in­spired by their ‘‘iden­tity’’.

For the fash­ion de­sign award en­trants are be­ing asked to pro­duce a ready-towear gar­ment.

Young cloth­ing de­sign­ers will need to demon­strate their abil­ity to be fash­ion for­ward and ex­press their in­di­vid­ual style.

Youth­town chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Paula Kearns says the awards were launched last year to help un­cover and nur­ture creative tal­ent.

‘‘Youth­town prides it­self on in­spir­ing young peo­ple to re­alise their po­ten­tial through creative, phys­i­cal and so­cial ex­pe­ri­ences.

‘‘This year’s awards pro­vides a per­fect op­por­tu­nity for our coun­try’s tal­ented young­sters to ex­press who they are and ac­tively demon­strate what in­flu­ences them.’’

This year sees a new in­ter­ac­tive vot­ing el­e­ment which will al­low the pub­lic to vote for their favourite en­try from a short­list of six fi­nal­ists in each cat­e­gory.

The Girl­friend Peo­ple’s Choice Award will be im­ple­mented through Youth­town’s Cre­atif Face­book page in Septem­ber.

Ms Kearns says this new el­e­ment will give fi­nal­ists the op­por­tu­nity to share their achieve­ment with friends and fam­ily while show­cas­ing their tal­ent to the pub­lic.

Reg­is­tra­tions for the Youth­town Cre­at­ifs Young De­sign­ers Awards close on Au­gust 23. Win­ners will be an­nounced in late Septem­ber.

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