Students and graduates of University of the Arts London are celebrating after winning coveted Creative Enterprise Awards, presented as part of the University’s Creative Enterprise Week.
The Three Ollies celebrate their win
London College of Communication scooped four out of the six main awards. The Freelancer Award went to photographer Jordi Ruiz Cirera, who graduated in 2011, has exhibited widely, had work published in a wide number of publications, and who won the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize in 2012. Fellow LCC alumni Alex Pielak and Tilley Harris won the Ethical or Social Enterprise Award for Voist, which provides content for organisations wishing to communicate sustainably.
“What started out as a support network three years ago has now grown into a socially aware company,” they said, while collecting their award. “It’s been one hell of a journey!”
The winners from Voist
Lewis Foster, who graduated from LCC in 2012, won the New Business Award for filmmaking/design collective I Owe Youth, while current LCC student Dmytro Vasylenko won the Digital Award for his social media marketing project SocializeLab. Speaking after the ceremony he said he was looking forward to expanding his business and praised the University for creating “an environment that lets ideas come to life, and flourish.”
The spirit of collaboration was celebrated in a special Creative Enterprise College Award, presented to joint Central Saint Martins/London College of Communication team the Monty creative, a marketing and design agency also known as ‘the three Ollies’.
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Mingling before the event kicks off
Olly Gibbs, Oli Morris and Ollie Mayes met during their foundation course at London College of Communication when they joked that they would one day set up their own studio. Going on to study at two separate UAL Colleges, where they stayed in touched, they came together again after graduating in 2011. During this year’s Red Nose Day they devised the idea for a marathon ‘25-hour doodle’, staged at Shoreditch’s Boxpark, which raised over £1,000 for charity, gained a huge social media following, and saw artists, illustrators and the general public of all ages join together to create a giant artwork.
“It was great fun collaborating with all those people,” the group said, after receiving the award. “Collaborating with each other while we were at university was really important to us too, and now working at the agency. It’s not just about creating beautiful work, it’s about sharing the same vision. In business terms more and more people are seeing the value of collaboration. Look around tonight and you can see that happening. Across all of UAL’s Colleges there are fine artists, graphic designers, fashion designers, journalists, performers – the arts in the broadest sense. Working together is important to the creative process, and the friends you make today you’re going to network with for the rest of your career.”
Natalie Grogan on stage
Students and graduates from all six Colleges were represented at the ceremony in the historic Art Deco Bloomsbury Ballroom on Bloomsbury Square. Adam Watling of LCF Careers said it was an honour to be at an event which showcased talent from across the University when he introduced the London College of Fashion College Award, which went to Natalie Grogan, of global street-style community Style Scape. Camberwell alumna Zoe Tynan-Campbell won the Enterprising Project Award for Stumped Studio, while the College was also represented in the CCW College Award by winner Emma Denby.
I Owe Youth collects an award
Prizes ranged from mentoring and master classes, to iPads and cash to help winners develop their business. They were donated by sponsors from the arts, higher education and business worlds.
Robert St John, representing Royal Bank of Scotland, and also banking group NatWest, a sponsor of the event, talked about how important it was for the future of the UK economy to nurture and support entrepreneurs.
Stephen Beddoe, head of UAL’s Student Enterprise & Employability – which organised and hosted the awards – said it had been a tough process choosing from over 100 applicants who were already showing such a high standard, even at this early stage in their careers. He added that the evening’s winners were “ones to watch in future”.