Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 11:44

Bright Young Things, the Eden Project’s showcase of young creative talent, is now accepting entries for the 2011 show.

The event is back for its third year of giving Cornwall and Devon’s most talented young people the chance to perform or exhibit at Eden.

Bright Young Things gives entrants the chance to follow in the footsteps of Eden Sessions acts like Paolo Nutini, Kasabian and Kaiser Chiefs or top artists who have exhibited at the project such as Peter Randall-Page and Anthony Eyton.

This year, the theme is “home” and entries are being sought in the categories of music, dance and performance, film and animation, photography, art and creative writing. Young people between the ages of 13 and 21 are eligible to enter.

Sam Kendall, Eden’s Education Development Officer and a judge for Bright Young Things, said: “We’ve been extremely impressed by the amazing performances and artwork we’ve seen at Bright Young Things over the years.

“There’s an incredible wealth of talent in Cornwall and Devon and we’re really excited to be able to give these young people the exposure that performing and exhibiting at Eden brings.”

All musicians must be unsigned, their material original and written by the participants, either solo or collaboratively. Dancers and performers are being asked to submit a piece up to seven minutes long with a maximum of 20 people per performance.

Film-makers and animators should send films up to five minutes long and the work should be no more than a year old. Any submitted photographs should have been taken in the last year and must be unpublished. They can be taken on any format but must be submitted as digital images.

Artists can submit a piece in any media and should include an explanation of their concept. Creative writers are being asked to imagine they're somewhere a long way from where they live and write about how thoughts of home cheer them up in no more than 1,000 words.

The closing date for entries is November 30 and the show will take place on January 29 next year.

As well as having their work displayed or performing at Eden, all winners will be invited with their VIP guests to visit the project during January.

More details on the requirements of each category and application forms can be found at