Competition brief: Can art change the world?

Until 30th April 2016, we're calling for art works that make a difference.

Competition brief: Can art change the world?


Have you created an art work that made an impact (however tiny) on the world?

Maybe it changed the life of a family member. Maybe it changed your school. Maybe it changed your local community. Maybe, just maybe, it sparked a change that will shift the entire world…

If you have a great idea but you haven't made it into art yet, now is the time!

We're looking for pieces of art (which could be a theatre show, a poem, a dance, a book, a painting, a song, a knitting project, a short film…the list goes on) that could have an impact on the world around us.

We're looking for art with a conscience or art which helps us see things differently. So be bold, be audacious.

You must be 13-25 to enter.

To enter, please email [email protected] the following by 30 April 2016:

  • Your name, age and address
  • A description of your art work, and why you think it could or did change things in your world – this could be 200 words or a 3m video or audio.
  • Documentation of your work (no physical works please!!) via email. This can be a photograph, text document, video or recording of your work. We will accept multiple pieces of documentation for a single work.

Please be sure to write 'Can art change the world - competition entry' into the email subject line.

NB: We welcome all art forms. If you aren't sure that your piece of artwork is suitable for entry, please email the Voice editor at [email protected]

Entry Criteria

Our judges will be looking for the following:

  • Art work that calls for change

Above all else, we are looking for the great idea behind your work. We need to see the work that you have developed to express this idea. It may be that you have ideas of where this could go next, in which case, please let us know on entry.

  • Clear documentation

We will need to see evidence of your work, meaning; high quality images, properly formatted documents, clearly recorded videos, sharp sound recordings. While judges will select primarily by the strength of your idea, they will need to be able to see/hear and understand the work clearly.


Last month the Voice team shared some of the art works that changed the world for them, and discussed how art can change the world on a big scale. If you need some inspiration, you can read all of their blogs and articles here.


  • There are two prizes available for the winners. On entry, please specify if you are entering for £100 to further your project, or free support to help you complete your Gold Arts Award.
  • All winners and runners up will be given the opportunity to have their selected project showcased in the Arts Award Gold Expo on Thursday June 30th at Richmix London. Your work will be seen by over 300 arts and cultural movers and shakers.
  • All winners, runners up and highly commended will have their project featured on Arts Award Voice.


Considering the age range of our entrants, we wanted to call on judges who know what it's like to produce great things at a young age! One final judge to be announced!

Agi K


Agi K is a young self taught Filmmaker and photographer. Awarded the IntoFilm One to Watch Award in 2013, her films have been screened at IYAF (best under 17 production 2015) and the Birdies. Agi K is known for her award winning 'My Little Sister (who happens to have Down's syndrome)' documentary series, and short 'We The Mountain, We The Sea' screened at Raindance film festival 2015 and POWfest 2016. She is a 10k YouTuber and uploads topical vlogs and music videos. She runs workshops and speaks at festivals about her films, filmmaking and the creative arts.

Follow Agi on Twitter: @agikproductions

Neha Lakhanpaul


Neha Lakhanpaul is one of our Youth Network members for 2015-16, in her role as Arts Award Activist. She's a London-based Law Student and dancer, who also loves graffiti and activist art. She's currently setting up her own non-profit arts organisation.

Follow Neha in Twitter: @NehaOldSoul

Emrys Green


Emmys Green will act as chair of the judging panel. Emrys is the Arts Award Youth Network Project Manager and facilitator of our team of young activists. He led the creation of Arts Award Voice and alongside this currently manages arts projects for the Eastern Region including professional touring theatre supporting young carers and creating a multi-arts festival in Norfolk. This work all stems from his time as a teenager when he achieved his Silver & Gold Arts Award's focussing on technical theatre & arts management. His gold leadership project, at 17, was a £5,000+ mini arts festival outdoors in his home town of Bury St Edmunds featuring workshops exhibitions & performances. He blogs occasionally with some Gold Arts Award advice from his days of doing it and his days now of supporting young people to achieve. You can find these here.

Follow Emrys on Twitter: @emrysgreen

Terms and Conditions

Terms & Conditions governing all entries to the 'Can Art Change the World?' Competition 2016

Trinity College London ('Trinity') is a company (Company Registration No. 02683033) and a charity (Charity No. 1014792) whose registered UK office is at Blue Fin Building, 110 Southwark Street, London SE1 0TA, UK. Trinity manages Arts Award in association with Arts Council England and runs this competition in furtherance of its charitable aims.

By entering into this competition you agree to be legally bound by the Terms and Conditions set out below. Please read them carefully, print and keep a paper/electronic copy for your records.

Who can enter:

The competition is open to anyone (must be an individual) except employees and close relatives of employees of (a) Trinity; (b) any third party appointed by Trinity to organise and/or manage any part of the competition; (c) any competition sponsor and (d) any other third party connected with the competition. Proof of eligibility and, if appropriate, age may be requested.

The competition is open to anyone between the ages of 13 and 25 years old, at the time of entry.

When entering the competition, the entrant must specify their full name, age and address. This is to be written at the bottom of your application.

How to participate:

It is free to enter the competition.

Entries must not contain any defamatory, obscene or offensive material.

To submit an entry, email the editor at [email protected]

No responsibility can be accepted for entries that are lost, delayed, misdirected, or corrupted during delivery to Trinity for any reason whatsoever, including as a result of any technical failure or

malfunction or any other problem with any server, Internet access, system or otherwise.

Start date and closing date:

The competition opens on 1st February 2016 and closes on 31st April 2016 Entries must be received by midnight GMT on 30 April 2016.



Judges will pick one winner and two runners up. It is at the judges discretion to each pick further highly commended entries, the amount of which will be announced on general announcement of the winners.

The judges' decision will be final and no correspondence can be entered into regarding their decision.

How and when will winners, runners up and highly commended entrants be notified?

All winners, runners up and highly commended entrants will be notified by email during May 2016. Trinity will also post the winning selections on the Voice website and on Voice and Arts

Award social media channels after the winners, runners up and highly commended entrants have

been notified.

How will your entry be used after the competition closes:

By entering this competition, you agree to grant Trinity an exclusive right to publish your entry (or transcripts of your video/audio entry) and you agree to take part in PR and promotional activities associated with the competition.

Trinity reserves the right to make minor changes and edits to a winning entry for the purpose of publication.

By entering this competition you will be providing your personal information to Trinity & it's partners delivering the Arts Award programme, you acknowledge and agree that Trinity can send further in formation about its products, events and exams. You may opt-out at any point from future communications at any time.

Trinity reserves the right to amend these Terms & Conditions or cancel this competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion and if circumstances arise outside its control. In this event, a notice will be posted on Arts Award Voice's website at


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