UKYA City Takeover: Nottingham 2019

DEADLINE monday 9 july at 5pm



 07 - 13 FEBRUARY 2019

2019 marks UKYA’s 10th birthday. Over the past 10 years we have delivered four large scale national festivals in the East Midlands. To celebrate our birthday, we are amplifying the ‘national festival’ - more artists, more days; venues; partners; events. We are calling this the ‘UKYA City Takeover’.

UKYA City Takeover: Nottingham 2019 will span the city, immersing visitors in an array of extraordinary, innovative and contemporary work from over 200 selected artists from three continents. Visual arts, performance, music and words will animate cultural spaces and unusual places across Nottingham.

UKYA City Takeover: Nottingham 2019 promises to be provocative, exciting, discerning and unique. Presenting art across borders, countries and nationalities; taking risks and opening minds.



UK Young Artists is seeking submissions for a week-long ‘City Takeover’ in Nottingham. The call is open to artists aged 18-30 working in the following art forms:

Applied Art: ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, fashion, architecture
Design: graphic and product design
Digital Art: animation, projection mapping, mixed reality performance, virtual reality, game design, interactive art and installation.
Literature: writing, poetry, storytelling and spoken word.
Moving Image: film, documentary, artist video and animation.
Music: sound art and all genres of music will be considered from individuals, bands and collaborations.
Performance: theatre, dance, live art, site-specific and outdoor performance.
Visual Arts: fine art, photography, installation, illustration, printmaking, site-specific work and sculpture.
Cross art form collaborations and interdisciplinary works are also welcomed!

Our City Takeovers are the foremost cross art form events for young artists in the UK. We create places and spaces for dancers to talk to sculptors and photographers to connect with musicians. For painters, dramatists, writers, and digital artists to forge collaborations with poets, ceramicists and filmmakers, at workshops, over breakfast or a late night tipple. The City Takeover is a unique place capable of allowing artists to playfully overlap their experiences and processes leading to new experimentation and high quality risk taking. It advocates for the emerging, the newfound and the ambitious within young contemporary artists. The festival will offer energy, exceptionalism and conversation between artists and the City; giving new learning and future prospects a foundation from which to build upon in collaboration.

UK Young Artists’ open call for submissions closes at 5pm on Monday 9 July. Successful artists will be notified before the end of July.

We have worked hard to support you in submitting your application for the City Takeover. To make the process as easy as possible, we have created two resources that should provide you with all the information and guidance that you need. Please read these before you begin your application:

Call for Entries Information Pack

- Information about UK Young Artists
- Information about the City Takeover
- Prizes and Awards at the City Takeover
- Artist Testimonials
- Frequently Asked Questions
- City Takeover Terms & Conditions


Best Foot Forward

This guide to applying for UKYA City Takeover: Nottingham 19 includes advice and top tips from UKYA and our expert selection panel. It covers the four application form questions related to you and your work, instructions on inserting your Dropbox link, and advice on submitting supporting media that puts your best foot forward and sets your application above the rest!


Thank you for your interest in applying for UKYA City Takeover. Please complete all parts of this application form, including the Dropbox link to your supporting media.

Please note that you cannot save this form and return later!
you will need to complete it in one sitting. If you would prefer to spend some time thinking about the questions, we recommend that you copy them into a word document and then paste your answers in once you're happy with them.
Section 1. About you
ABOUT YOU: Please note this information is requested for contact and equal opportunities monitoring purposes and will not be used to make a decision on your submission
Name *
Are you applying as an individual or on behalf of a group?
Please type your date of birth as DD/MM/YYYY, for example 06/05/1992
Tick one or more options that reflect your gender
Sexual orientation *
Ethnic origin *
How do you describe you religion or belief? *
Do you consider yourself to be disabled? *
The Equality Act 2010 defines a disabled person as someone who has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse affect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
Do you have the right to live and work in the UK? *
If applying as part of a collective is at least 75% of your group be aged between 18 and 30 on 9 July 2018? *
Section 2: You and your work
If you are successful in your application, the information provided in this section will be used in full or in part within printed publicity materials and on the UK Young Artists website. They will also form part of the content of press releases sent out about the City Takeover. Therefore you should be happy for the information you provide to be made public. See UK Young Artists website article ‘Best Foot Forward’ for guidance and advice.
UK Young Artists is about both exceptional art and creating a space for dialogue and intercultural exchange between young artists. As well as showcasing your work in the City Takeover, you will be able to meet 200 artists from across the globe and participate in workshops, talks and symposia. We are looking for artists that demonstrate an original voice within their work, who demonstrate an appetite to develop their work or practice and that UKYA are able to see how they are able to support the practice and development of selected artists through our work This information will not be used in public promotions and materials. This statement should cover: How you think your work would benefit from being part of this event Your interest in connecting and collaborating with artists from other disciplines
Which category best describes the work you are submitting? *
Please only tick one. See the top of this page for a further breakdown of art forms.
If you are successful in your application, the information provided in this section will be used in full or in part within printed publicity materials and on the UK Young Artists website. They will also form part of the content of press releases sent out about the City Takeover. Therefore you should be happy for the information you provide to be made public. See 'Best Foot Forward' on our magazine for more info.
This information will not be used in public materials and is your chance to tell the panel any further relevant information about the work you’re submitting, if you would like to. See 'Best Foot Forward' for more info.
Confirmation that work is available for presentation during the event, 7-13 February 2019
These questions are designed to provide information about a range of art forms. Please answer all questions that are applicable to your work. If a question is not applicable to your work, please indicate this in the box by typing N/A.

Title of work
If you wish to present your work in a non-traditional space please give a brief outline here of the type of venue you would to work in:

We are open to creative ways of presenting writing across the festival venues, if you have any ideas of how your work could be viewed please describe them here. Previous events have included work printed onto café menus and informal recitals in library spaces.
Please provide a link to a Dropbox folder containing the following: Your CV (max. two sides of A4) in PDF format only and titled ‘firstname_lastname_cv’.
For visual arts: Up to five images or videos of the work you are applying with
For literature: Up to four examples of your written work, with a maximum of 500 words per example.
For performance and moving image: up to four minutes of actual footage from your work. Do not submit the entire video of the work (if longer than four minutes) If successful in your application, some of these clips might be used in trailers for the City Takeover.
For music: Up to four video or sound files or links to online content of the work you are applying with. Please ensure you provide at least three minutes of actual sound recording.
Dropbox link permissions: Please see the 'Best Foot Forward' article on UKYA's magazine for full instructions to provide the Dropbox link. Applications without supporting documentation or with an incorrect link will not be considered.
Section 4. Confirmation/terms & conditions
Can you attend the UKYA City Takeover: Nottingham 2019, 7-13 February? *
Selected artists are encouraged to attend for the entire City Takeover, however if this is not possible, artists will be expected to attend at least three days of the event. Accommodation plus some meals will be provided. It is helpful for our planning and logistics to get a sense of who can attend, so please let us know here. We will confirm this once artists have been selected.
Have you participated in any of UKYA's activities before?

Please note that by ticking the above box you agree for the above data to be processed in order to participate in the event should your application be successful.

Once you submit you cannot make any changes or additions to this form. UK Young Artists cannot be held responsible for any errors made in the above application so please check all details carefully before submitting. Please note that you will not receive a confirmation email, but once you have pressed 'submit', we have received your application.

A panel of specialist curators, programmers and artists, plus UK Young Artists’ Ambassadors will assess all submissions.