Every year since 2005, the Manchester-based NOISE Festival gives thousands of aspiring architects the opportunity to get their portfolios recognized by some of the design industry's most well-known names. The nationwide Festival, which takes places online and through exclusive events, showcases undiscovered talent in over 14 categories including Architecture, Design, Illustration, Games, Fashion, Music, Fine Art, and Film.
Among the panel of noteworthy Curators who will judge the submissions, British architect Nicholas Grimshaw of Grimshaw Architects is this year's Architecture Curator. He'll be offering a one-on-one mentorship to five entrants whose submissions he rates the highest.
If you're eager to join, do it now -- it's free and open to all ages! The deadline has been extended to July 6, 2014.
"The 2014 Curators are iconic role-models from the creative industries, and include prominent fashion designer Giles Deacon, games legend Ian Livingstone CBE (Tomb Raider) and acclaimed cartoonist Gerald Scarfe CBE (Pink Floyd’s The Wall). All will personally handpick their stand-out submissions.
NOISE Festival gives talented emerging creatives a positive, debt-free route into the industry. The NOISE charity ethos is that reward and recognition should be based on talent, to break down the barriers of postcodes, socio-economic status and lack of connections that often prove a stumbling block for the next generation of aspiring creatives.
Over the Summer, the Curators will be short-listing the entries. The best, undiscovered creatives are then promoted at the NOISE Festival 2014 showcase in the Autumn, at nationwide exhibitions, through media coverage, and in some cases professional/amateur collaborations, paid work placements or personal mentorship with the Curators or other leading creative companies.
Throughout 2014, a monthly interactive webinar with a Curator is held for 8 festival entrants, and also broadcast live online. Running on a Q & A basis, the webinars offer further insight into making a success in the creative industries and act as a fantastic tool for advice from those that have made it in their fields."
Sign up for NOISE Festival 2014 here.