The Creative Circle has today announced the shortlist for its 2022 awards, following live judging sessions earlier this month. Every shortlisted work wins an award at the 77th Creative Circle Awards, which will close this year’s UK Creative Festival at Dreamland, Margate, on September 8th, 2022.
The full shortlist can be downloaded here
This year’s awards debuted expanded categories as well as several new ones. With the festival increasing its ongoing support for the future of talent, free-to-enter New Talent categories were also extended to celebrate emerging young creatives across more disciplines. This growth has seen award entries more than double last year’s already record-breaking figures, with 257 entrant companies judged by a jury representing over 306 different companies.
For the second year, the awards will close out the UK Creative Festival, with the festival aiming to build on the success of 2021. Hosting over 750 delegates and 120 young creatives, attendees were treated to a huge variety of talks, panels, and workshops
from more than 80 speakers - including actor and writer Simon Pegg. With leading voices from across the industry sharing their thoughts on a variety of topics, there was a huge amount of wisdom to be gleaned at the festival.
Above: Simon Pegg's talk on creative writing at the 2021 UK Creative Festival
The UK Creative Festival maintains its commitment to removing creative industry barriers for a more representative workforce by hosting a free-to-access careers fair. The festival will also feature the showcase event of the Foundation Futures programme, launched this year by the Creative Foundation charity, in partnership with the Creative Mentor Network. Over the course of 16 weeks, the scheme has seen aspiring creatives from lower socioeconomic backgrounds mentored by leading professionals on how to navigate a career in the industry.
Delegates will be able to purchase tickets
for the UK Creative Festival and the Creative Circle Awards separately or as an inclusive package with the option of access to discounted accommodation and Dreamlands theme park.
As ever, Creative Circle will continue to pledge 10% of all award entry fees and 100% of membership fees to supporting greater diversity in the creative departments of the future through the Creative Foundation. The UK Creative Festival is also pledging its profits to the Creative Foundation.
Jeremy Green, managing director of the Creative Circle and Founder of UKCF, comments: “We are so glad to hold in-person judging again this year. It’s so important to bring the industry together to celebrate the nation’s creativity like this, and I’m so proud for the Creative Circle and the UK Creative Festival to be the driving force behind it. As ever, the work produced this year continues to impress, and I am so excited to celebrate it at the close of the festival. I cannot wait to see everyone there beside the seaside.”