July 5, 2011

Deutsche Bank Award winners announced at the London Contemporary Dance School

The winners of the annual Deutsche Bank Awards were announced last night at a ceremony at the London Contemporary Dance School.

Awards are presented in thirteen categories and recognise artistic innovation, talent and creativity, but also, critically, entrepreneurship.

Among the winners during the evening were:

-  Tom Pope - who received the Award in Art with the Royal College of Art for his ‘Destroy Your Clocks’ piece, a pilgrimage for 40 days and 40 nights, where he will take a long case grandfather clock from London to Geneva;

-  Rachel Fox - whose Boom! Circus Theatre received the Award in Circus with Circus Space. The group is a collective of six innovative and vibrant young performers who twist, balance and create rhythm on and around cube structures and each other;

-   Patrick Gleeson - who received the Award in Dramatic Arts with LAMDA for his Electric Animal Circus, which is going to develop and produce a show based around custom-built animatronic mechanical animals. They perform extraordinary circus acts in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic variety show.

The prize for the winners includes a £10,000 investment in 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, "These awards are an important step to help fledgling creative businesses get their foot on the ladder. Innovation and entrepreneurship are vital ingredients for the recovery of the UK, and are essential to giving it a global competitive edge. Deutsche Bank is delighted to be working with some of the world's most respected arts institutions, such as the Royal College of Art, LAMDA and the Glasgow School of Art, to give their graduating students a financial boost and, more importantly, business expertise from senior bank employees to see their business plans realised."

The Awards scheme was launched by Deutsche Bank in 1993 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.

For the past 18 years, the Deutsche Bank Awards have been supporting talented and creative graduates from some of the leading art institutions in the UK, with over 120 awards made over the life of the programme. The Awards reflect Deutsche Bank’s own commitment to innovation within its business practices.

Please click here to view this year's winners.

Please click here to view photos of the event.


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