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Heritage Project creative art competition

16 Jul 2020

Taking Hold of Our Heritage presents a creative art competition for care experienced young people aged 16-25 in Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland.

The theme of the competition is taking control of the story told about your life.

This could range from positive memories and experiences, places or people. It could be anything from the past that you value and want to pass on or share with others.

Entries could be: art work, photography, creative writing, poetry, spoken word recording, video, oral history, collage, music. Be as creative as you like!

The deadline for the competition is Monday 24th August 2020 and for entries to count participants must complete an entry evaluation form.

How to submit your entry

Please email your entry to:

Fill out the Evaluation Form:

Theme: Taking control of the story told about your life

Deadline: Monday 24 August 2020


  • 1st place - Heritage ancestry DNA KIT
  • 2nd place - £25 Amazon vouchers for x2 runners up
  • 3rd place - Chocolate hamper

If you would like any more information please email

Terms and conditions

  • Entries need to be an original piece of work
  • Complete the evaluation form upon entry
  • Entries to be submitted via email
  • All decisions made by the judges will be final

Entries may be displayed at the Taking Hold of Our Heritage exhibition and appear in publicity for the project including social media, website and print. Ownership of the entries will remain the rights of the participant and can be withdrawn by request.

Identity of participants can be kept anonymous by request.

Taking Hold of Heritage

The Taking Hold of Our Heritage project is funded through the Y Heritage project, Leicester, which is part of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s pioneering "Kick the Dust” funding programme.

Y Heritage

The Y in Leicester, has been awarded £707,500 through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s pioneering “Kick the Dust” funding programme. This will fund our project “Y Heritage”, which will be a collaboration between The Y, key civic partners such as our universities and local authorities, and the city and county’s wide and brilliant variety of heritage, cultural and creative organisations. The money will be used to better engage young people with heritage across both city and county.

Y Heritagewill run a series of “Dragons Den” style pitches over three years where Leicester/Leicestershire based organisations can apply for funding up to £30,000 from a panel of young people. The young people all engage in some way with The Y. The organisations must build opportunities for work or training into their project funding application. Our aim is that our young people and the heritage projects develop and thrive together – it really is a win win opportunity!

With thanks to National Lottery Players for their support, without them projects such as Y Heritage could not happen.