Year of Young People – Creative Awards Exhibition

This year, as part of the Year of Young People Creative Awards 2018, we asked East Ayrshire’s young people - ‘What does it mean to be a young person in 2018?' We now know... and you can too! The winners of the Generation Z Creative awards have been announced and their work will be on display in the Dick Institute, Young Peoples Gallery until February 2019.


The winning entries have been announced in categories which included written work, digital art and film. The entries all represent something about our current generation of young people, how they perceive and express themselves and react to the world around them.


The Film Award was judged John Chalmers graphic novelist and one half of the duo Metafrog. Martin Stewart author of the hugely successful children’s series Mythical Creatures was in charge of judging the Writing Award and Beth Wilson, graphic designer and representative of Warriors graphic design studio in Glasgow, Judged the Digital Art Award.


Shortlisted entries and winners will be showcased at the Dick Institute in an exhibition in the Young People’s Gallery until February 2019. Winners in the age groups 7-11yrs, 12-15yrs and 16-25yrs are listed below.


7-11yrs Winners


  • DI CHOICE – Paige Donis
  • Bronze – Marissa Milligan – Life in the School of Dragons
  • Silver - Jasmine Milligan – Minecraft Madness
  • Gold - Emily Yvonne Samson - The Diary of a GenZ kid



  • DI CHOICE – Kayla Martins
  • Bronze - Anna McCulloch – The Swimmer
  • Silver - Reuben Lawrence - Take the L
  • Gold - Isla McGregor - 2018



  • Bronze - David Agbenyega - Invasion
  • Silver – Sorn Respecting Rights Group  P6-7 – See Through Plastic
  • Gold – Isla MacGregor, Anna McCulloch, Millie Snaith and Charlotte Armstrong - New Growth


12-15yrs Winners


  • Bronze - Becky Cox - untitled
  • Silver - Rebecca Chidwick, Matches
  • Gold - JUAN DIEGO IPINCE - Generation Z



  • Bronze - Erin Steven - Cameras
  • Silver - Jack Strawhorn - Football
  • Gold - Isla Hawthorn - In A Bubble




  • Silver - Hannah Duncan - Sweater Weather
  • Gold  - Max McGregor - DIS~CONNECT


16-25yrs Winners


  • Bronze - Claire Hislop - Ayrshire Collection
  • Silver - Lola Wilson   - Swallowed By Screens
  • Gold - Alana Crawford - Have we forgotten?



  • DI CHOICE – Jay Lazarette
  • Bronze - Robbie Thomson Photos of Guitar 7
  • Silver - Alistair Dickson – Barista
  • Gold - Zara Loudon - Makeup



  • Silver - Claire Hislop - My Home Country
  • Gold - Eilidh Corrigan - Fright Night


Drop in to the gallery during opening hours and see what it means to be a young person in 2018. This is a great opportunity for young artists to exhibit their work in a public gallery, please show your support to East Ayrshire's young artists by coming along!

Funded by Event Scotland 

Opening hours: TUE & WED 10AM – 6PM, THU 1PM – 8PM, FRI & SAT 10AM – 4PM.

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