London, October 25, 2007

Deutsche Bank celebrates 15th Anniversary of the Pyramid Awards with the Picante art exhibition at the National Theatre


The annual Deutsche Bank Pyramid Awards have been supporting talented and creative graduates from some of the leading art institutions in the UK for the past 15 years. The Pyramid Award scheme was launched to offer practical and financial support to freelance artists, craftspeople, designers and performers to start a business or conduct a project in the crucial year after leaving college. As an active supporter of the visual and performing arts internationally, Deutsche Bank recognises entrepreneurship and innovation within graduating art students. 

In July of this year, to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of its Pyramid Awards, Deutsche Bank hosted a performance-based awards ceremony and is now excited to present an exhibition that celebrates both the success of the scheme and the talent of its previous winners. Picante will be open to visitors at the Olivier Foyer of National Theatre for two weeks from 25 October 2007. 

Curated by previous winner Sinta Tantra, Picante reflects the dynamic energy but also cutting edge talent that these creatives bring. From the seductively sexy surfaces of Anthony Francis’ paintings to the life saving device of the Tongue Sucker, Picante brings together not only the disciplines of art, design, fashion and performance but also different passions layered carefully on and around each other equating to a powerful sum, bursting with life, faith and possibility.

Featured artwork by:

  • Andrew Parker
  • Anthony Francis
  • Concrete Canvas
  • Danielle Mourning
  • Earwig Books
  • Matthew Darbyshire
  • New Exposure
  • Sinta Tantra
  • Tithi Kutchamuch
  • Tongue Suckers

Lord Aldington, Chairman, Deutsche Bank London commented, “Over the past 15 years the Deutsche Bank Pyramid Award Scheme has been one of the Bank’s flagship programmes within its Corporate Social Responsibility activities. To date we have supported over 100 students successfully launch their artistic and creative careers and we are proud to showcase the talents of some of our many Pyramid winners at this exciting exhibition at the National Theatre”.


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Louise Pancott   +44 20 7545 7790
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Notes to Editors

1. The Deutsche Bank Pyramid Awards scheme recognises entrepreneurship and innovation within graduating art students from some of the leading art institutions in the UK. Financial awards are presented to the Pyramid Award winners to start a business or conduct a project in the crucial year after leaving college.

Deutsche Bank works with the following schools in determining the Awards:

  • Royal College of Art
  • Guildhall School of Music & Drama
  • London Contemporary Dance School
  • London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
  • University of the Arts London
  • Royal Academy of Arts
  • Royal Academy of Music
  • The Circus Space

Deutsche Bank will make 10 Awards of £8,000 each which will be paid to the winners in two tranches by the appropriate college – the college will decide when the money is distributed.

In addition to financial awards, Pyramid winners will benefit from a Deutsche Bank business mentor to help guide them in their project through their first year. Deutsche Bank will also help winners access a small business training course at the East London Small Business Centre and will provide an opportunity to participate in the Bank’s London-based community and arts programmes. Such participation often brings the winners into contact with people able to identify future business opportunities.

2. The National Theatre, Upper Ground, London SE1 9PX
Information: 020 7452 3333/ www.nationaltheatre.org.uk
Nearest Tube: Waterloo




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