Over two hundred people gathered at the Institute of Contemporary Arts on The Mall in Central London to celebrate the winners of 15 categories, who had studied at 13 different colleges around the country.
The Awards were presented to freelance artists, craftspeople, designers and performers to help them start a business or carry out a project in the crucial year after leaving college. Many examples of the previous years winners’ work were on display at the awards ceremony.
This year’s prize winners each received GBP10,000 start-up capital for their business, a business mentor from Deutsche Bank and a place on a small business training course. In addition, they will gain access to Deutsche Bank’s mentor networks and opportunities to attend performances and exhibitions of interest.
Colin Grassie, Chief Executive Officer UK and Group Executive Committee member, presented winners with their awards. “We are delighted to congratulate our winners in the 2012 Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprises,” he said. “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.”
Among the categories in this year’s Awards were music, fine art, photography and dramatic art. Full details of winners can be read here.
Since their inception, 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.
Colin Grassie and Catriona Price, 2012
Deutsche Bank Award in Performance &
Composition with Royal Academy of Music
Matt Smith, Education Group,
Deutsche Bank Award in Music with Guildhall
School of Music & Drama, 1997
Photography by Alicja Dobrucka,
Deutsche Bank Award in Photography
with the University of the Arts London, 2010