Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprises

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April 30, 2015

Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise provide start-up funding and support to budding arts entrepreneurs

Now in its 23rd year, the Awards have provided GBP 1.4 million in start-up capital to help arts graduates launch 177 new businesses in the UK, with over 2,000 arts students receiving business training to date. The Awards are much more than a capital injection; winners are also provided with a Deutsche Bank mentor for their first year as well as business training and access to experts and new networks.

Eligibility for the awards have significantly increased in 2015 to 50,000 graduating students from all the UK’s 200 art colleges.

Lareena Hilton, Global Head of Brand Communications & Corporate Citizenship said: “Through the national roll out of DBACE we’re widening the opportunities for graduating or recently graduated students to pursue their entrepreneurial ideas. This is an option which, though daunting for many creative young people, can be hugely beneficial both for themselves and the wider UK economy.”

The prestigious judging panel represent the business, professional and academic worlds within creative disciplines including; Nigel Hurst, CEO of Saatchi Gallery, Louise Jeffreys, Director of Arts at Barbican, Richard Stevens, Creative Director at British Airways and Eileen Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of DB UK Bank Limited.

The shortlist for the DBACE 2015:

Fine Art

Sung Eun Chin (with Derzu Campos)
Goldsmiths, University of London | MFA Fine Art
Edge of the Dark is a research-based art project about a disappeared site "Kowloon Walled City" in Hong Kong.

Eleanor Gibson (with Emily Parker and Georgie Parker)
Newcastle University |  BA (hons) Architecture

To transform the online magazine into an interactive digital art form where university students exhibit work, develop ideas and connect.

Myra Ostacchini
Glasgow School of Art | BA (hons) Sculpture and Environmental graduate

M.A.P. is a commercial business, which supports graduates from creative industries, providing studios and internships in return for work within commercial contracts. Luke Pilkington is the joint artist in residence.

Sean Steadman
Royal Academy of Arts | MA Fine Art

Sean Steadman is going to travel to the Amazon Rainforest and make a book published in Rio de Janeiro.

Darya Yafimava
University of Warwick | MA Creative & Media Enterprises

Pozniaje Dreva is the first-ever collection of hand-printed home textiles inspired by the folk art of Belarus.


Film & Photography

Inés Duemig 
London College of Communication | MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography graduate

A social documentary project  with young women coming to Europe as Refugees to regain their lost dignity.

Nirma Madhoo-Chipps
London College of Fashion | MA Fashion Photography

Future Bodies is a photography and film project that pushes the edges of aesthetic awareness in context of digital fashion imagery.

Bradley Morgan Johnson
Norwich University of the Arts | MA Moving Image and Sound 

BradleyMJ offers a pre-vis design service, taking ideas as words, and turning them into realised creative concepts for production.

Tim Simmons
Norwich University of the Arts | MA Fine Art

This project investigates links between the speed of sound and the speed earth rotates, which are equal at latitude 42.97˚.

Eleanor Wright (with Jillian Engelhard Fosten)
Norwich University of the Arts | BA (hons) Animation
The Unique Mind of Alexandra Mackie is a three-part art house documentary series exploring a young, blind woman’s imagination.



Victoria Ganusceac
De Montfort University | BA (hons) Fashion Buying and Marketing

Muusa is an outfit building tool where fashion and music unite in order to revolutionise the way we shop online.

Aaron Griffin  
Norwich University of the Arts | BA Fine Art 
Aaron Griffin is proposing to open a small commercial print studio in Norwich offering a professional collaborative atmosphere and ethos.

Kazz Morohashi 
Norwich University of the Arts | MA Communications Design

Digital heritage-mapping project for children: Explore the physical world with "Walkies!" sausage dogs and share the experience online.

Adelle Quiogue
University of the Arts London | MA Applied Imagination in the Creative Industries graduate

Resignified Collection is the pilot collection of Fruitions, a design-led social enterprise that connects Philippine indigenous artisans with well-known designers.

Michael Tougher
Glasgow School of Art | MA Product Design Engineering

Michael Tougher : Inventor. Making what does not exist. Pushing the boundaries of innovation and what is possible.

Ting Ye (with Abigail Summerfield)
University of the Arts London | MA Material Futures

Ting and Abigail believe in designing sustainably for the future and are passionate about textiles. They created The Design Mine.


Guy Baron (with Aviram Barath and Robin Paul Braum)
Goldsmiths, University of London | MMus Creative Practice

An artist collective that seeks to introduce new and unconventional approaches to music production and to empower young, innovative musicians.

Beth Bellis (with Tom White)
Birmingham Conservatoire | PGDip Music

Conversion of goods lorry into unfolding mobile music/arts space, as a platform for emerging artists and unique venue for audiences.

Vincent Bruggeman
Guildhall School of Music & Drama | BA (hons) Vocal Performance provides learning tools for classical singers. These tools are divided into three categories: recordings, manuscripts and videos.

Robbie Jacobs
Royal Academy of Music | MA Choral Conducting

Reverie is a vocal ensemble, with expertise contemporary choral repertoire. It creates interactive and immersive artistic output to engage listeners.

Thomas Syson
Birmingham Conservatoire | BMus Jazz Trumpet

Conscia is a jazz promotion and education company based in and around the Bedford area.


Vincent Bruggeman
Guildhall School of Music & Drama | BA (hons) Vocal Performance provides learning tools for classical singers. These tools are divided into three categories: recordings, manuscripts and videos.

Helen Cox (with Heather Stewart)
London Contemporary Dance School | MA Contemporary Dance

Exploring obedience and strict self-observation, The Lapse Project is a thirteen-hour performance installation of dance, theatre, text and video.

Katherine Lambeth (with Clara Biller, Katharina von Colson, Martha Evans and Elsabe Raath)
Birmingham Conservatoire | MMus Viola Performance

Dedicated to promoting their instrument through musical social engagement, the Saturday Bridge Viola Ensemble proposes a year of international outreach.

Maisy Taylor  (with Michelle Ross, Laura Overton, Alice Gilmartin, Claudia Hughes, Kate Hill, Natalie James)
National Centre for Circus Arts | BA (hons) Circus Arts
Brand new all female contemporary circus company The Cirquettes launch their début show "A Day in the Life".

Daniel Thompson (with Ilayda Arden, Oli Back and Melanie Grossenbacher)
Brunel University | MA Digital Games: Theory and Design
Block Stop create live video games. Their project will develop interest in their work and a legacy for future Games.

Miho Yoshimasu (with Marie Yamada)
Goldsmiths, University of London | MA Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship

Artbees is an education company runs a private after school offering theatre and language programmes for children in Tokyo.



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