Creative Edinburgh Awards 2018: shortlist revealed

Celebrating the creative arts in Edinburgh, the annual Creative Edinburgh Awards returns with another set of nominees who have achieved much in their chosen fields over the last 12 months

Article by Jamie Dunn | 31 Oct 2018
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The Creative Edinburgh Awards return for their seventh edition on 14 November, and today the nominees in the running have been announced. Celebrating achievements across the creative arts in the city, the eclectic list includes the kickarse Girls Rock School, the inventive Pianodrome, the Scottish Design Exchange and guerrilla film night A Wall Is A Screen.

Creative Edinburgh is the largest network of creatives in Edinburgh, and the organisation is committed to celebrating and advancing the value and impact of its members, both locally and internationally. The awards shortlist takes in nine categories and covers the full spectrum of the creative industries with nominations for individuals, collectives, organisations and companies.

“The strength of this shortlist shows just how much great creative industry there is going on throughout Edinburgh in so many different sectors,” says Mark Gorman, Chair of Creative Edinburgh. “The Creative Edinburgh Awards exists to shine a light on that fantastic work on every level, from students who are just starting their creative journey to established companies working on international projects. It’s truly an exciting time to be part of the creative industries in Edinburgh and it's thrilling to be part of that ride.”

The winners will be announced at this year’s Creative Edinburgh Awards party on Wednesday 14 November at the Assembly Roxy. The DJ on the night is EH-FM, the Roxy will be festooned with delicate decorations by origami artist Hannah Ashwell and there’ll be face painting with Fantoosh Face Art. Head here for more information and tickets.

Watch this space for news of the winners on 14 November. For now, here’s this year’s shortlist in full:

The Student Award
"For an outstanding student creative contribution or activity from a full or part time student engaging in a creative discipline. Sponsored by Edinburgh Napier University."

Mika Cook
Sonali Misra
Claire Moffat

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

Kalopsia Collective
Yard – Lifted Over the Turnstiles, for DC Thomson
Scottish Design Exchange

The Start Up Award
"For an outstanding creative contribution or activity from a newly registered company (less than 3 years). Sponsored by Business Gateway."

More Yum Studio
Charco Press

The Collaboration Award
"For an outstanding creative collaboration between two or more organisations or individuals."

No Knives Better Lives – Balisong – Strange Town Theatre Company, Fast Forward and Youth Link Scotland.
Boobzapalooza – Kathleen Moodie, Jennifer Colquhoun and Beth Lamont
Emily Millichip x Francoise Lane (Indij Design)
School of Arts & Creative Industries (Edinburgh Napier University) & National Museum Scotland

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."

Jenny Hazel
Ashley Jack
Ruth MacGilp

The Social Award
"For an outstanding creative contribution or activity that benefits or contributes to a group or interest."

Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Virgin Money Street Events redesign
Girls Rock School
Sing in the City
Fork in the Road

The Creativity Award
"For a one off creative work or initiative. Financial gain need not be the primary motivator in this category. It could simply be 'art' or a creative work undertaken to explore or express new ideas or talent."

Jannica Honey – When the Blackbird Sings
Paul Gray – On the Outside
Card Shark Comics (Dave Cook and Craig Paton) – Killtopia #1

The Leadership Award
"For an outstanding individual for their leadership and contribution to their sector, or the creative industries as a whole. Sponsored by Barclays Eagle Labs."

Danielle Trudeau
Stacey Hunter
Joanna Baker
Alex Durussel-Baker

The City Award
"For an outstanding creative contribution or activity that has promoted Edinburgh nationally or internationally, or work that has incorporated or utilised an Edinburgh city space or cultural idea specific to the city. Sponsored by Bellfield Brewery."

Turing Fest
Pianodrome Community Interest Company
A Wall Is A Screen (Leith Creative)