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London, June 25, 2008

Deutsche Bank announces annual Pyramid Awards winners and unveils details of an exhibition of new works


Deutsche Bank last night announced the winners of its annual Pyramid Awards at a ceremony hosted by Pierre de Weck, Member of Group Executive Committee and Global Head of Private Wealth Management Deutsche Bank.

The awards ceremony held at London’s Royal College of Art accompanies a two month education programme supported by Deutsche Bank, which provides young people aged 16-18 with insights into the different career opportunities available within the arts.

For full list of winners see Notes to Editors.

To celebrate the 16th year of the Pyramid Awards, Deutsche Bank is staging an exhibition of new works by previous award winners; an exciting collection by some of the most talented visual artists and designers, who are rapidly establishing reputations for themselves both in the UK and around the globe.

The exhibition, curated by Sinta Tantra, winner of the Pyramid Award for Fine Art 2006, opens 10th September 2008 and runs to 8th January 2009 and will be held in The Space, at Deutsche Bank, 23 Great Winchester Street, London.

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 16 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.

Pierre de Weck, Member of Group Executive Committee and Global Head of Private Wealth Management Deutsche Bank commented, “As an active supporter of the visual and performing arts around the world, Deutsche Bank recognises entrepreneurship and innovation within graduating art students. Since its inception, the Deutsche Bank Pyramid Awards scheme has supported over 100 students successfully launch artistic and creative careers and we are proud to celebrate the talent of previous award winners with this exciting exhibition of new works.”


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Notes to Editors

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.

Pyramid Awards 2008 – Winners

Samba Sessions – Winner of the Pyramid Award for Music, Acting, Technical Theatre
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Samba Sessions, formed by Alexander Duggan, will provide adults and children with the thrill of playing Brazilian Samba rhythms as part of a team.  The sessions will raise self-confidence, promote cultural awareness and give participants a work-out for both body and mind!

Libby Penn – Winner of the Pyramid Award for Dramatic Arts
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
Libby Penn plans to spend two months in Uganda researching the current war crimes trials involving adults who were drafted into the Lords Resistance Army as child soldiers.  This testimony will be used to create a unique piece of verbatim theatre in the UK.

Lola Maury - Winner of the Pyramid Award for Contemporary Dance
London Contemporary Dance School
Lola Maury will be establishing a dance collective in London. The collective will aim to widen access and participation to contemporary dance through the activities of choreography, performance and teaching. The artistic vision of the collective will be influenced by strong multi-cultural backgrounds and ongoing inter-disciplinary collaborations.

Carla Busuttil - Winner of the Pyramid Award for Fine Art
Royal Academy of Arts
Carla Busuttil is planning on holding an interdisciplinary workshop and public exhibition in London, involving a writer, musician, visual and performance artist.  The objective of the project will be to bring together artists from unique backgrounds and vocations in order to exchange ideas and work together towards creating an exciting an innovative show. 

Cadenza – Winner of the Pyramid Award for Performance and Composition
Royal Academy of Music
Cadenza, formed by Rachel Coward and Caroline Woodhouse aims to give young people wider access to creative music.  Cadenza will provide a team of enthusiastic, young professional musicians committed to leading a year long residency in a primary school to ensure that a vibrant musical life can be at the centre of every child’s education.

Diana Matar - Winner of the Pyramid Award for Art
Royal College of Art
Diana Matar has been heavily influenced by the Fayum Portraits – ancient easel portraits of everyday people.  Diana will be creating 35 large scale photographic portraits of contemporary Egyptians in direct reference to the Fayum Portraits, and will exhibit these portraits in Cairo and potentially in the UK.

Reginald Hingston - Winner of the Pyramid Award for Design
Royal College of Art
Reginald and Monique Hingston have established RMI – a small family run limited company which will provide safe, efficient, cost effective and user-friendly transport solution between Freetown in Sierra Leone and Lungi International Airport – across the River Rokel.

Arron Sparks – Winner of the Pyramid Award for Circus
The Circus Space
Arron Sparks performs Yo-Yo, juggling and other object manipulation skills.  Arron plans to design and perform a large-scale show based on the idea of integrating juggling with sculpture and structure.

Omar Kashoura - Winner of the Pyramid Award for Fashion and Textile Design
University of the Arts London
Omar Kashoura aims to build an international reputation as an innovative, contemporary and influential designer that offers Men’s Collections which fall within the high-end design market sector.

Nica Junker – Winner of the Pyramid Award for Photography
University of the Arts London
Nica Junker plans to install purikura photo-booths in Tokyo and Shanghai, so users can take their photo and also fill out an e-postcard with 5 facts about their everyday life.  The photo is uploaded, and users in other locations can view it.  This project aims to inspire thoughts about people in different countries and bring them closer together.

Runners-Ups

Squid - Runners-up of the Pyramid Award for Fashion and Textile Design
University of the Arts London

Squid, founded by Viviane Jaeger and Emma-Jayne Parkes, have created a material that changes colour in the elements - the first phase of their business will be creating an umbrella.  Squid umbrellas will change into a walking piece of art, as soon as the rain falls onto the panels - revealing what is underneath!



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