Creative Edinburgh Awards: The 2021 Shortlist

Check out the shortlist for this year's Creative Edinburgh Awards, celebrating creative practitioners from across the city

Article by The Skinny | 06 Oct 2021
  • Creative Edinburgh Awards

They're back! The Creative Edinburgh Awards return for 2021 with another discipline-hopping, genre-busting celebration of some of the city's most exciting cultural projects and people. This year's shortlist has a bit of everything, and there's a fitting focus on community-minded projects among the nominees.

Community radio station EHFM are up for this year's City Award; riso printing social enterprise Out of the Blueprint are nominated for the Social Award alongside The Leith Collective (a retail space giving the chance for grassroots artists to sell their work) and Lyrical Life. LGBTQ+ community network Somewhere are on the shortlist for the Startup Award, and artist Pilar Garcia de Leaniz is nominated in two categories for her 100 Local Businesses Edinburgh project, illustrating the people behind creative businesses across the capital – scroll down to read the list in full.

Ahead of the awards themselves, there's a virtual birthday party on Thursday 4 November to celebrate ten years of Creative Edinburgh. This year's Awards will be given out in a ceremony at the recently-reopened Fruitmarket on Thursday 18 November, which you can follow along on a live stream from 7pm. Tickets for both available events are available now via Eventbrite

Creative Edinburgh Awards 2021 Shortlist

The Creativity Award
Sponsored by The School of Arts & Creative Industries, Edinburgh Napier University
Sex Education Xplorers (S.E.X.) – Mamoru Iriguchi
Farewell North – Kyle Banks
100 Local Businesses Edinburgh – Pilar Garcia de Leaniz

The Startup Award
Sponsored by CodeBase and Creative Bridge
Somewhere EDI CIC
Blunt Knife Co.
The Edinburgh Pottery Studio

The Independent Award
Sarah Kwan
Bill Addison
Ornella Joaquim

The Social Award
Out of the Blueprint
The Leith Collective
Lyrical Life

The City Award
ReDrawing Edinburgh
Leith Theatre

The Commercial Award
100 Local Businesses Edinburgh – Pilar Garcia de Leaniz
Ice Cream At The Interval – Stuart Smith-Gordon
Scotland’s Stories – Graeme Johncock
New Signs for Animation – Jonathan Mortimer & Team
The Student Award
Sponsored by Edinburgh College Faculty of Creative Industries
Whatever Next?
Michael Gately
Maxime Rommes & Sarah Harvie
Bol Ke Lab

The Collaboration Award
Sponsored by Creative Informatics
The Others
INTER – Edinburgh Napier University & SGN
Flourish Project
Arts in Tongues

The Leadership Award
Sara Thomson
Sarah Calmus
Chris Davey