On Friday evening, we were delighted to announce the nine winners of the annual Creative Edinburgh Awards. Following the event, we wish to say a huge congratulations to all of our outstanding winners and the incredible shortlist for this year’s awards. Spanning arts, creative and digital, our awards recognise ambition, creativity and contribution to the city, with nominations and winners chosen by Edinburgh’s creative community. A total of 32 outstanding nominees were shortlisted across nine award categories in a strong showcase of creative achievements from our city’s creative community.
Work from the shortlist was displayed in our venue, CodeBase, including GRAS Studio’s architectural model of the Ross Pavilion Design, artwork from the Pissed Modernism exhibition and furniture from Fisk. Pop-up theatre and dance performances injected a lively vibe into the celebrations, which have come to be known as a highlight of Edinburgh’s creative calendar.
Claire Stewart, Director of Creative Edinburgh said: “Our winners this year are all doing incredible work in Edinburgh, year-round, and truly represent the creative spirit of Edinburgh. From the absolutely outstanding shortlist this year, including some groundbreaking achievements, there is a lot to be proud of. ”
“It’s a line often trotted out that it was extremely hard to choose the winners, but in this case it’s very true. The judging panel, drawn from Creative Edinburgh’s ranks, were very impressed with all of those shortlisted and choosing just one winner was an agonising challenge.”
“The winners have all shown an exemplary flair and passion in what they do, and what they contribute to Edinburgh’s creative scene and reputation.”
Mark Gorman, Chair of Creative Edinburgh said: “This year’s Creative Edinburgh Awards winners truly demonstrated the wealth of amazing people who have undertaken challenging and ambitious creative work, and all that they contribute to the city.”
In the City Award category, tech incubator CodeBase were recognised for their contribution to the city’s creative and tech industries, putting Edinburgh on the international map as a top location for digital creative business and supporting a wide community of talent to achieve their ambitions.
In the category for the Collaboration award, the winner was Architecture Fringe for their 2017 programme which showcased and platformed important work and ideas in the field of Scottish architecture, across Scotland, and showed the strength of vision and creativity in the architecture community.
For the Creativity Award, the winners Creative Electric have shown creative flair in their theatre productions that has enlivened and invigorated every event that they have been a part of. Their Church of Broccoli performances in the Leith Walk Launderette for LeithLate was a talking point of the summer.
Winners of the Commercial Award were the newly formed strategic creative consultancy CreateFuture for their impressive breadth of work, speedy and impressive growth and the value they bring to the wider creative community.
In the Independent Award category, illustrator Marco Bevilacqua won out for his work organising and programming Pissed Modernism - the popular exhibition and event that gave commercial illustrators a political outlet on the labels of beer bottles and enlivened the radical spirit of the creative community.
The winner of the Leadership Award was Jenny Lindsay for her significant support and creation of new platforms for spoken word through Flint & Pitch Productions. She programmed various showcases - as well as the Lyceum’s Variety Nights across 2017 - whilst also coaching and mentoring emerging artists and producing new emerging solo spoken word shows, promoting them to sell-out crowds.
The Social Award category was won by The John Byrne Award for their programmes that celebrate, showcase and fund young creatives across various art forms, creating a new platform and showcase for young creatives to encourage and inspire exploration of values.
In the Startup Award category, the winners were indie publishers 404 Ink who have blazed a trail since they started publishing their literary magazine in 2016 - followed by their stand-out essay collection Nasty Women, which has attracted international plaudits, and recognition from authors Ali Smith and Margaret Atwood. Nasty Women was the best-selling title at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the world’s biggest book festival, in August 2017.
Our final winner was Alannah Cooper, who won our Student Award for her creative approach to photography and fashion communication. Inspired by painting, rural landscapes and poetry, as well as the concept of rural creative practice, her work has already attracted acclaim and awards and marked her out as one to watch in the future.
Our collective of winners perfectly showcase the outstanding ideas, inspired thinking and incredible creativity of our city, across all platforms and sectors. As the largest city based creative network in the world with over 3,700 members, Creative Edinburgh are committed to advancing the value and impact of creativity, both locally and internationally - working together to help creative individuals and businesses create, collaborate and stay connected at every stage of their careers. Creative Edinburgh is funded by City of Edinburgh Council and Creative Scotland. This year's awards were sponsored by CodeBase, with huge thanks.