Clara & Her Nutcracker – Could You Design Our 2022 Programme Cover?

BAC’s Production of Clara & Her Nutcracker will take place in December 2022, and we need the help of young artists to design our programme cover.


Based on the famous classic ballet, “Clara and her Nutcracker” is an enchanting family Christmas production performed by Welsh Youth Ballet Company “Ballet Academy Cymru”.

Set on Christmas Eve, follow Clara on her magical journey where toys come to life, battling an army of mice, where she meets beautiful Winter Nymphs and dances with her Nutcracker in the enchanted Land of Snow.

A perfect Christmas treat for young audiences and a magical introduction to ballet and the theatre.


The winning design will feature as our programme cover for the 2022 production. The winner will win £50, and their artwork will be featured on our programme cover with full credit.

Entries are open to young people up to the age of 25. Your entry can take the form of any medium, including photography, drawing and painting, but must be submitted as a digital file.


The closing date is Friday 22nd October. Entries must be submitted as a high-resolution jpg or pdf (at least 300 dpi) by email to:

Entries must be accompanied by a message giving the following information:

  • Title of artwork:
  • Name:
  • Date of Birth of Artist:
  • Address:
  • Email address:
  • Contact Mobile Phone number:


Personal data will only be retained and used by Ballet Academy Cymru for the purposes of this competition. Personal data will not be passed on to any other parties without the prior express consent of the data subject.


The image must be an original, unpublished work that does not contain, incorporate or otherwise use any content, material or element that is owned by a third party or violates a third party’s intellectual property rights, including but not limited to the law of copyright or trademarks. It must not be subject to any third-party rights or agreement which may require Ballet Academy Cymru to seek permission from or pay any sum of money to any person or entity as a result of its use. By submitting an entry in the competition, each entrant represents and warrants that his or her image meets these criteria.


Each entrant warrants that their entries are their own original work and, as such, they are the sole and exclusive owner and rights holder of their image and that they have the right to grant all required licenses.


Each entry will be judged by a panel of judges consisting of the Managing Director of BAC, the Artistic Director of Clara & Her Nutcracker and other members of BAC’s senior team. Decisions and rulings of the judges are final and binding. The judges reserve the right not to award the prize if no entry is submitted that they judge worthy of the prize. The judges’ decisions will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into in relation to their decisions or the competition.


  • All shortlisted designs will be displayed on the Ballet Academy Cymru website, and it is possible that some may be considered as cover artwork for future programmes.
  • The winning design will be used on the cover of the 2022 production, and the artist will be credited. Opportunities for further publicity may be possible with the design likely to be used across our marketing and a press release issued about the winning artist.
  • The overall winner will be awarded a cash prize of £50.
  • The winner will be awarded 2 tickets for the production to the performance of their choice.

The winner and shortlisted entrants will be notified by email by the end of October 2022.


Each entrant will retain ownership of all intellectual property rights in the image submitted (including moral rights). However, by entering the competition, each entrant grants to Ballet Academy Cymru a royalty-free, non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide basis any necessary and relevant permissions relating to the reproduction of their entry in any media as part of the publication and promotion of the programme/flyer. For the purposes of production and promotion of the programme/flyer, some alteration of the entry may be necessary. However, no such alteration will be made without the permission of the entrant.

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