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.
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. 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.
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 10 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.”