Extended deadline

The deadline for submissions to the 2017 Kent Creative Awards is extended until Sunday 29th January at midday… and this is why.

As we have been encouraging artists and creatives to enter the Kent Creative Awards, submissions were coming in and we were having fascinating conversations with a number of enthusiastic entrants. The prospect of publicity and recognition is a big motivation, as it can potentially open doors to very exciting things…

A number of entrants have been rushing over the last 2 days, working on their submissions late in the evenings, to make sure they are submitted before Tuesday 24th January at 5:00pm.

We’d like to make this process a little more comfortable and give you a few more days, until Sunday. Then, all submissions will be processed and passed onto the jury members.

The other reason why we decided to extend the deadline, is because we want to give another chance to those who have been hesitating. We’d like to share a couple of the messages we have received:

  • “I’m not sure I’d be up to that sort of standard and what I do doesn’t contribute much to this old planet! There are many many wonderful creative folks more deserving.”
    Although the standard at last year ceremony was excellent, it is important to keep in mind that the Kent Creative Awards have been designed to celebrate ALL creatives, established or emerging. The jury members look at your passion, your motivations, your inspiration, your determination, your approach, who you are as a person… and of course your work. How ‘big’ or ‘successful’ or ‘good’ you are – or think you are – is not necessarily the only determining factor.
    In fact, quite a number of last year’s winners truly didn’t expect to win when they became aware of who the other finalists were in their category. And yet, they had something special that the jury valued and wanted to recognize and encourage.
    Also, some of it is very subjective and you don’t know who else is entering anyway.


  • “I did mention the Awards to XX but she doesn’t want to blow her own trumpet. Which is a shame as she’s done so much for us all.”
    Entering Awards is very much the same as any promotional endeavour. The aim is to get your name out and promote what you do so people come to your events, attend your activities, buy your work… whatever you want them to do.
    We know how important it is to be aware of our own achievements. This is also what the Awards are about. There is nothing wrong about being proud of yourself.

    If you know someone who you think deserves the recognition and the confidence boost that awards provide, perhaps you can have a word with them and enter on their behalf? They’d need to know about it and agree of course…


  • “I don’t think I’m going to enter, I really need to concentrate on bringing more business in!”
    Precisely…. 😉
    First, putting your submission together is such a useful process that it helps with your work as a whole, clarifying what you do, why you do it and what you want to achieve.
    Then, moving forward with the awards, it gives increased confidence not only to yourself, but to others in working with you.


What we want to do with the Kent Creative Awards, is to give encouragement to individuals and organisations who make a worthwhile contribution to the artistic and cultural life of Kent. It’s about celebrating them, saying “thank you” and “well done”. Emerging or already established, we all need encouragement and recognition.

So if you are part of this cultural world of Kent, if you want to tell people about what you do, get your name out, promote your work, events, activity… this is good way to do it.

If you don’t get in with the finalists, well, at least you will have tried!

Enter the Kent Creative Awards from HERE.

Nathalie Banaigs, Project Manager says: “The first Kent Creative Awards have inspired and motivated those artists and creatives whose work was celebrated during the first ceremony. I have seen some gaining such confidence as a result, that it allowed them to move forward with their practice. For me, this is what the Kent Creative Awards are about: being a positive force that motivate creatives to make work, show it and get the exposure and recognition they deserve. Eventually, we all benefit as we participate in making Kent a better place for arts and culture”.