Creative Edinburgh Awards 2020: The Shortlist
This year's Creative Edinburgh Award nominees are a cross-section of the city's creative scene
Every year, Creative Edinburgh's awards highlight the exciting, intriguing and unexpected creative projects that have emerged from the city in the previous twelve months. While this year has been unlike any other, there is still plenty to celebrate, as can be seen from the shortlist for this year's awards.
Among those nominated are the evergreen literary bandits of Neu! Reekie!, the brilliant SADGRADS 2020 project celebrating the work of this year's art school graduates, and the fine folk of Edinburgh Music Lovers, Visual Arts Scotland and WHALE Arts. Check out the full shortlist below.
This year's awards will be a digital affair, with the prizes dished out via Zoom on 12 November. Tickets are £5, or if you fancy a taste of the usual Creative Edinburgh Awards experience there are Party Packs on offer for £15. These feature drinks from sponsors Sweetdram, nibbles from Mademoiselle Macaron, a print, a DIY memento... basically, it's a goodie bag's worth of stuff, but with none of the danger that you might accidentally leave it under a chair while rushing to get the bus home. For more details and to get your tickets, go to
Creative Edinburgh Awards 2020
The Student Award (Sponsored by Edinburgh College Creative Industries Faculty)
A full or part-time student who has founded a project, developed new ways to approach a discipline or has pushed the boundaries of their medium alongside their studies.
The Commercial Award
Whether from a creative individual, collective, organisation, or partnership, projects produced for commercial ends where the creative muscles have been flexed and unique end results have been produced.
The Startup Award (sponsored by Creative Informatics)
New kids on the block who have been a registered business for three years or fewer and are already making their mark on Edinburgh’s creative scene.
The Collaboration Award
Because teamwork makes the dream... become a reality. Projects involving two or more individuals or organisations who have pooled their creativity and strengthened their ties on outstanding projects.
The Independent Award
Recognising the individuals who continue to produce dedicated, inspiring and valuable projects which leave a lasting impression.
The Social Award
Recognising the projects and people that use creativity to pioneer ideas, create change and support and engage communities. If it’s impacted Edinburgh’s creative identity, it’s worth celebrating.
The Creativity Award
For when innovative approaches have been explored, financial gain has taken a backseat, risks have been taken, and exploration of new ideas and new talent has been placed at the forefront of a project.
The Leadership Award (Sponsored by Creative Informatics)
A pioneer, a mentor, a beacon of light… we’re celebrating the people whose contribution to their field, a project or Edinburgh’s whole creative community has been valuable and vital.
The City Award
Projects which have built on its cultural values, drawn on its city spaces or shouted about our creative hub on a national or international stage.
The 2020 Award (Sponsored by Codebase & Creative Bridge)
... because it’s been a year! For those who have pivoted, shifted and reapproached under almost impossible circumstances to support the wider community and respond to hardships faced with creative solutions.