London, July 2, 2012

Winners of 20th Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprises announced


Deutsche Bank today announced the winners of its 20th annual Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprises. Awards are presented in 15 categories across 13 colleges nationally and recognise artistic innovation, talent and creativity, whilst promoting entrepreneurship.

Among the winners are:

  • Augusts Dakteris – whose Kinosenic project received the Award in Circus with Circus Space. Kinosenic is a family show performed in theatres and complemented by school workshops which combines aerial disciplines, juggling, tightwire and a range of custom built digital and percussive music equipment.
  • Pio Abad – who received the Award in Fine Art with Royal Academy of Arts for Tele Nobela, an itinerant curatorial project based in London and Manila developed in partnership with Maria Taniguchi. Tele Nobela will commission exhibitions and run a parallel programme publishing essays to encourage a vibrant and more international arts community in the Philippines.
  • Jordi Ruiz Cirera – who received the Award in Photography with the University of the Arts London for his project to create a long term photo documentary focused on the adverse environmental issues and concerns raised by the growth of genetically modified organisms.

The prize for winners includes £10,000 start-up capital for their business, a business mentor from Deutsche Bank and a place on a small business training course.  In addition, winners gain access to Deutsche Bank’s mentor networks and opportunities to attend performances and exhibitions of interest.

Colin Grassie, Chief Executive Officer, Deutsche Bank UK, said; “We are delighted to congratulate our winners in the 2012 Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprises. For the past 20 years, these awards have recognised artistic talent and launched the careers of graduating arts students by providing financial and business support. Deutsche Bank is a strong believer in the value of creativity across disciplines, from the arts to business."

The Awards will be presented at a ceremony held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London on 10th September. The Awards were launched by Deutsche Bank in 1993 to offer practical and financial support to freelance artists, craftspeople, designers and performers to start a business or carry out a project in the crucial year after leaving college.

For the past 20 years, the Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprises have supported talented and creative graduates from some of the leading art institutions in the UK, with over 150 winners during the life of the programme. The Awards reflect Deutsche Bank’s own commitment to innovation within its business practices and the initiative is one of its flagship CSR programmes.

Kate Cavelle, Head of Corporate Citizenship UK at Deutsche Bank, said; “I'm delighted with the standard of the 2012 winners in the Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprises. These talented graduates demonstrate the qualities that our judging panels prize most - innovation, creativity, passion and commitment, with a slice of realism. The sky is the limit for these winners and I can't wait to see how they develop.”

Full list of winners:

  • Jordi Ruiz Cirera – Deutsche Bank Award in Photography with the University of the Arts London. Jordi is embarking on a project to create a long term photo documentary focused on the adverse environmental issues and concerns raised by the growth of genetically modified organisms. He will use methods from a traditional photo essay, to a multimedia documentary and a web based platform. www.jordiruizcirera.com
  • Augusts Dakteris - Deutsche Bank Award in Circus with Circus Space. Augusts has developed Kinosenic, a family show performed in theatres and complemented by school workshops which combines aerial disciplines, juggling, tightwire and a range of custom built digital and percussive music equipment.
  • Stephen Willey and Robert Allen - Deutsche Bank Award in Music with the Birmingham Conservatoire. Stephen and Robert launched Etch, which composes and supplies quality bespoke music for films, TV, theatre, apps and computer games. www.weareetch.com
  • Lauren Cookson - Deutsche Bank Award in Creative and Cultural Practice with the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design at Birmingham City University. Lauren is developing an artistic web blog which is curated as a virtual space. It presents the latest trends in fashion, travel, art and objects, using literature to add depth, experience and perspective. The blog will offer a platform for emerging artists and other creatives for representing innovations and culture. www.artconnectsus.tumblr.com
  • Colin Oliphant - Deutsche Bank Award in Design with Edinburgh College of Art. Colin partnered with Jennifer Argo to form Between Two Worlds, a concept brand that amalgamates fashion and fine art illustration to create temporary shop spaces for clients to view and buy collections. between-ll-worlds.tumblr.com
  • Gabriella DiTano - Deutsche Bank Award in Creative Practice with The Glasgow School of Art. Gabriella has developed RISOTTO, a print and design studio that specialises in Risograph printing. RISOTTO will provide the creative community of Glasgow with an affordable and versatile one stop print shop and design service. The Risograph produces rich spot colours that are ideal for graphic arts. It offers a similar effect to screen-printing, but with very fast duplication speeds at a fraction of the cost. www.gabriellamarcella.com
  • Invertigo - Deutsche Bank Award in Music, Acting and Technical Theatre with Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Tim Bowie, Sion Alun Davies, Steffan Donnelly and Paapa Essiedu take the most exciting elements of audience interaction from sports and gameshows and apply them to their innovative theatre productions. Invertigo are poised to introduce a familiar but forgotten form of theatre to audiences, who will be at the heart of everything they do. www.invertigotheatre.co.uk
  • Peter Edwards - Deutsche Bank Award in Architecture with Liverpool School of Art and Design at Liverpool John Moores University. Peter’s Urban Project RED BALLOON seeks to readdress the relationship between city and citizen by creating a series of temporary, nomadic installations, designed specifically for children. These installations of art, sculpture and pavilions are designed as children’s playgrounds to encourage families to explore existing squares and forgotten spaces within Liverpool city centre.
  • Claudia Grant and Loren O’Brien - Deutsche Bank Award in Dramatic Arts with LAMDA. Claudia and Loren are launching Misunderstood Productions. Their first venture is to produce Being Me, a humorous mockumentary based on a drama school. Being Me will follow a group of first year students to see them grow and interact together. The production will show how the different characters deal with the stresses and demands of drama school whilst all trying to achieve the same goal.
  • Joel Tulley - Deutsche Bank Award in Contemporary Dance with London Contemporary Dance School. Joel developed the concept of 100 m.g, an upmarket online couture fashion company. 100 m.g will identify and support up and coming talent in the dance, theatre, film and music industries. 100 m.g will break the mould by allowing its customers a chance at individuality by providing rare, cutting edge garments.
  • Pio Abad – Deutsche Bank Award in Fine Art with Royal Academy of Arts for Tele Nobela, an itinerant curatorial project based in London and Manila developed in partnership with Maria Taniguchi. Tele Nobela will commission exhibitions and run a parallel programme publishing essays to encourage a vibrant and more international arts community in the Philippines.
  • Catriona Price - Deutsche Bank Award in Performance and Composition with Royal Academy of Music. The fourth album by Catriona’s band Twelfth Day is an innovative project designed to fuse folk music from different cultures across continents. Using traditional Scottish music, Twelfth Day will travel to the four corners of the world, sharing folk traditions with local musicians.
  • Lucy Tomlins - Deutsche Bank Award in Art with Royal College of Art. In partnership with fellow student Sam Zealey, Lucy formed Pangaea Sculpture Central, the first sculpture only studio complex in London centred around wood, metalwork and mould making workshops. This enables sculptors to realise technically ambitious works without having to outsource manufacturing to a third party. www.lucytomlins.co.uk
  • Velopresso - Deutsche Bank Award in Design with Royal College of Art. Amos Reid and Lasse Oiva’s Velopresso is a celebratory fusion of human power, sensory pleasure and technology. Velopresso combines old-tech with hi-tech, bicycles and coffee, their engineering and aesthetics. The result is an innovative pedal powered mobile coffee making machine for quality espresso and its derivatives. Velopresso has a compact footprint and near silent, low carbon, human powered operation providing fine coffee. No electricity, no motors, no noise. www.velopresso.cc
  • NoéMie Schwaller - Deutsche Bank Award in Fashion Design with University of the Arts London. NoéMie created DASH magazine, a biannual fashion print with a new concept of visual language and fashion imagery. DASH specialises in illustration, particularly in fashion art, to showcase international emerging talent on a global platform. www.dashmagazine.net


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