Creative Edinburgh Awards 2016: shortlist revealed

Once again Creative Edinburgh is celebrating the city's creatives with its annual awards

Feature by The Skinny | 14 Oct 2016

The shortlist for this year’s Creative Edinburgh Awards has been announced this afternoon, with Jupiter Artland, the Local Heroes contemporary design project and the Scottish Poetry Library among this year's nominees.

For those not in the know, Creative Edinburgh is the largest network of creatives in Edinburgh, and is committed to celebrating and advancing the value and impact of its members, both locally and internationally.

The awards, however, are open to all Edinburgh-based creatives, tech individuals and businesses – Creative Edinburgh members and non-members alike. The awards' aims, say Creative Edinburgh, are to “shine a light on what the creatives of Edinburgh have achieved over the past year,” and highlight “innovative thinking, great ideas and work that you feel proud of, no matter how big or small.”

The fifth annual award ceremony will take place 10 Nov at Central Hall, Edinburgh. See the full shortlist of Creative Edinburgh nominees below.

The City Award

For an outstanding creative contribution or activity that has promoted Edinburgh nationally or indeed, internationally, or work that has incorporated or utilised an Edinburgh city space or cultural idea specific to the city.

Konishi Gaffney Architects
Jupiter Artland
Local Heroes

The Collaboration Award

For an outstanding creative collaboration between two or more organisations or individuals.

Werewolf & Unstable Creations
Janis Claxton & Pippa Murphy ‘Popup- duets’
Rob St John, Simon Kirby, Tommy Perman and Random Spectacular

The Commercial Award

For an outstanding commercial creative contribution or activity from an agency, partnership, organisation, collective or company.

Nile (& the People's Money team)
StudioLR (Terex Truck Factory Experience Project)
Disney ResearchMaggie Kosek

The Creativity Award

For a one off creative work or initiative, but the judges will have to consider it outstanding to win. Financial gain need not be the primary motivator in this category. In other words, it could simply be 'art' or a creative work undertaken to explore or express new ideas or talent.

The Scottish Poetry Library for its event, The Library is Open! Drag Queen Poems
Janis Claxton Dance
Heather Marshall/Creative Electric

The Independent Award

For an outstanding contribution or activity from a professional individual. To enter you must be a registered creative business, sole trader or freelancer.

Kam-Ling design
Scott Willis
Morvern Cunningham (Arts Producer LeithLate)

The Leadership Award

Recognising an outstanding individual for their leadership and contribution to their sector, or the creative industries as a whole. 

Danielle Trudeau, Tribe Porty
Jack Nissan, Tinderbox Orchestra
Adam Castle

The Social Award

For an outstanding creative contribution or activity that benefits or contributes to a group or interest.

Lung Ha Theatre Company
WHALE Arts for the Street Arts project
Edinburgh Tool Library (ETL)

The Startup Award

For an outstanding creative contribution or activity from a newly registered company (less than 3 years).

Tube Map Ltd for WineTubeMap
Bright Side Studios

The Student Award

For an outstanding student creative contribution or activity from a full or part time student engaging in a creative discipline.

Ellie Vallely
Michal Wdowiak
Paula Caffrey

For more details on the nominees, how to vote for your favourites and how to buy tickets to the 5th Birthday Bash, go to