New College Students get creative in Cotswold Challenge competition

02 Aug 2021

The Cotswold Challenge returned for its second year after a successful first outing in 2020. The challenge offered and continues to offer a much-needed outlet for young people aged 16-19 who have seen much of their social and educational life stopped suddenly. The challenge promotes creativity in all its forms, with competitors putting forward entries for Art and design, Creative writing and, Innovation, and Entrepreneurial Thinking.

New College Swindon would like to congratulate all its students who entered the competition. Putting yourself out there is a challenge in itself; however, like most challenging things the rewards can be well worth the risk. The competition does offer a monetary prize, but beyond that, participants get exposure, experience, and support from their fellow creatively minded peers and mentors, as well as industry experts and professionals.

Special congratulations to New College student Ayesha Reeves for placing first in the Art and design category and Talia Northam for placing third in the Creative writing category. In addition, Oliwia Bruska gained a Commended in the Art and design category. The overarching theme of this year’s briefs is one of looking forward, hopes, dreams, and future ambitions, or, a reflective commentary of contemporary life and the world around you. Talking with Talia Northam on her experience entering the competition:

“I've always loved writing and the competition allowed me a way of practicing my skills and pushing myself to embrace opportunities. The results have given me a big confidence boost in my abilities and has rewarded me with something to put on my CV, as I want to become an author.”

Talia submitted a piece of creative writing entitled ‘Did you See Him?" an honest and candid first person view in to the private crisis of the narrator, that will hauntingly resonate with the reader. The story offers a lot in just under 700 words. This is certainly a significant step towards Talia’s goal and we look forward to seeing her develop as a creative and an author.

Our students brought a unique and informed perspective to this brief, impressing the judges and taking away a cash prize and a certificate. It is fantastic to see students find success in the face of adversary, and the platform Cotswold Challenge has provided is instrumental to that process.

Learn all about the Cotswold Challenge initiative here !