As we open nominations for 2018’s Creative Edinburgh Awards, we want to shine a light on what they are and how they celebrate, promote and highlight the amazing talent within our city and the strength of our community.
The UK’s creative industries exports now account for over £27bn, growing more than three times faster than those from the rest of the economy. Our creative economy supports 3.12m jobs, including 2m in the creative industries. Each day we connect and collaborate with creatives who have a vital impact on the cultural, creative and economic development of our world – shaping our day to day lives and our plans for the future. Edinburgh’s creative landscape is alive with creative outputs from students, freelancers, agencies, organisations and more. All work in unique and inspiring ways, achieving amazing things both nationally and internationally. To celebrate and showcase this, we host an annual awards series for creatives either based in Edinburgh or with a connection to the city.
Our awards cover nine categories – City, Collaboration, Commercial, Creativity, Independent, Leadership, Social, Startup and Student – ensuring there’s a space to celebrate talent of all forms; from those at the very beginning of their journey to the experts who form a large part of our creative network.
The awards are open to all Edinburgh based creative and tech individuals and businesses; we aim to celebrate members and non-members alike from a variety of backgrounds. The awards highlight innovative thinking, great ideas and innovative work, no matter how big or small. They are as much about an intriguing process as they are about an outcome. Enter yourself or nominate a person, business or organisation who you think deserves to be recognised for their outstanding contribution to the creative industries. The category criteria are as follows:
THE CITY AWARD
This category is looking for an outstanding creative contribution or activity that has promoted Edinburgh nationally or indeed, internationally, or work that has incorporated or utilised an Edinburgh city space or cultural idea specific to the city.
Last year’s winner: Tech incubator CodeBase; recognised for their contribution to the city’s creative and tech industries, putting Edinburgh on the international map as a top location for digital creative business and supporting a wide community of talent to achieve their ambitions.
THE COLLABORATION AWARD
This category is looking for an outstanding creative collaboration between two or more organisations or individuals.
Last year’s winner: Architecture Fringe; their 2017 programme showcased and platformed important work and ideas in the field of Scottish architecture, across Scotland, and showed the strength of vision and creativity in the architecture community.
THE COMMERCIAL AWARD
This category is looking for an outstanding commercial creative contribution or activity from an agency, partnership, organisation, collective or company.
Last year’s winner: Strategic creative consultancy CreateFuture; awarded for their impressive breadth of work, speedy and impressive growth and the value they bring to the wider creative community.
THE CREATIVITY AWARD
This category is looking for a one off creative work or initiative, but the judges will have to consider it outstanding to win. Financial gain need not be the primary motivator in this category. In other words, it could simply be 'art' or a creative work undertaken to explore or express new ideas or talent.
Last year’s winner: Creative Electric; the group showed creative flair in their theatre productions that enliven and invigorate every event that they have been a part of.
THE INDEPENDENT AWARD
This category is looking for an outstanding contribution or activity from a professional individual. To enter you must be a registered creative business, sole trader or freelancer.
Last year’s winner: Illustrator Marco Bevilacqua; recognised for his work organising and programming Pissed Modernism – the popular exhibition and event that gave commercial illustrators a political outlet on the labels of beer bottles and enlivened the radical spirit of the creative community.
THE LEADERSHIP AWARD
This award recognises an outstanding individual for their leadership and contribution to their sector, or the creative industries as a whole.
Last year’s winner: Jenny Lindsay; awarded for her significant support and creation of new platforms for spoken word through Flint & Pitch Productions.
THE SOCIAL AWARD
This category is looking for an outstanding creative contribution or activity that benefits or contributes to a group or interest.
Last year’s winner: The John Byrne Award; recognised for their programmes that celebrate, showcase and fund young creatives across various art forms, creating a new platform and showcase for young creatives to encourage and inspire exploration of values.
THE STARTUP AWARD
This category is looking for an outstanding creative contribution or activity from a newly registered company (less than 3 years).
Last year’s winner: Indie publishers 404 Ink who have blazed a trail since they started publishing their literary magazine in 2016 – followed by their stand-out essay collection Nasty Women, which has attracted international plaudits and recognition from authors Ali Smith and Margaret Atwood.
THE STUDENT AWARD
This category is looking for an outstanding student creative contribution or activity from a full or part time student engaging in a creative discipline.
Last year’s winner: Alannah Cooper; recognised for her creative approach to photography and fashion communication.
Full details on how to enter or nominate an individual, business or organisation for an award can be found here. The deadline for entries is midday on Friday 26th October and the winners will be announced at our awards & 7th birthday bash on 14th November; tickets on sale soon!