Creative YOU

Creativity is everywhere. Opportunity is not.     

We are part of the solution. The secret is in our name. Every year Creative Youth Network gives thousands of young people a taste and thirst for the arts and culture and the joy, life-skills and opportunity they bring.   

But we want more.   

Creative YOU is our campaign showcasing how we, you and the engaged, emerging and amazing young creatives we support, come together. 

We want to reveal how, together, we are ambition, quality, cultural democracy and social mobility in action. 

Every young person deserves the right to access creativity and development opportunities in the creative and cultural industries.

It all starts with education.

If all young people have access to creative subjects in school, then talented young people from all backgrounds can pursue their passion, develop crucial skills needed in so many industries and improve their wellbeing.

1. Pledge

Add your name and join the many people passionate about bringing creativity back into our schools.   

With all the pledges we’ll be reaching out to headteachers in Bristol and the South West. We hope this will encourage local academies to give more space to creativity in their curriculum.  

Bristol, being the creative city we know and love, can pave the way for other regions to do the same, showcasing the true value of creativity.  



2. Sign up

Join us by signing up to our newsletter where we share best practice of how to support young people. 

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3. Find out more

Join us by reading and sharing our CreativeYOU report which shows how our work brings opportunities for creative expression and enables young people to explore their talent, regardless of background or circumstance.  

Download our Creative YOU report


Are you 16-25 and passionate about virtual reality?

This is your chance to win a ticket to VR World Congress 2017, the place to connect with virtual reality's most important buyers, sellers and consumers.

The leading VR conference and expo is a unique opportunity for you to get to know the industry, play, and experiment with the latest VR tech. With a raft of world-class speakers and exhibitors and bringing 2000 international guests to one of the UK's leading tech sectors, it's where you can find inspiration, find out about the latest developments and make new connections.

For anyone with an interest in gaming, VR and interactive technology, this can be a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Creative Youth Network is offering tickets to the full conference and expo (worth £300 each) to four innovative young people aged 16-25 years old. 

How to apply 

You don't need to have any experience in working with technology or Virtual Reality. What we want to see is your enthusiasm and creativity showing through. 

Get your creative thinking hat on and send us a proposal which answers the following question:

How can we transform the Station in an interactive building, attractive to young people and the arts sector, by using digital technology?
A view from the front entrance of The Station, looking up

You can submit your proposal in any type of creative means you choose. Amaze us with what makes you different; from drawing, photography and film, to animation, app development and illustration, any creative skill you've got, use it to make your application stand out from the crowd.

We'd like to encourage you to take chances and send us a short 30 sec - 1min video explaining how you've come up with your idea and why you'd like to see it happen. 


Send in your proposal by 31st March by email at [email protected] with the subject line 'VR World Congress 2017 Application" and get in touch if you've got any questions.

Do you want to have a chat or a tour of The Station before submitting your proposal? Get in touch on 0117 947 7948. 

VR World Congress 2017 is taking place on:

  • Tuesday 11st April ("matchmaking" and talks)
  • Wednesday 12th April (At-Bristol/Watershed talks, expo in Millennium Square, Official Mixer, meeting area, 360° Planetarium talks)
  • Thursday 13th April (At-Bristol/Watershed talks, expo in Millennium Square, After Party, meeting area, 360° Planetarium talks). 

Find out more about The Station, Bristol's creative youth hub.

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