Anyone who knows me will know my passion for visual arts, so I was absolutely delighted to be asked recently to sponsor the Archibald Knox Awards at UCM. It felt like a really good fit. At The Engine House we are all about entrepreneurship and helping fledging businesses to find their feet, so what better than to support students who are preparing to embark on creative careers?
As ever, the standard of work was excellent. I’ve been attending the UCM end of year show for the past few years now and it is always inspiring to see how talented our young people are. Judges Carola Rush and Myra Gilbert must have had a really tough time deciding who to choose for the awards.
The prize winners were:
The Norman Sayle Award for Overall First-Year Student – Beth Ryan who is a student on the first year of the extended diploma in creative media course.
The Norman Sayle award for Manx Inspired Artwork was won by Aaron Fitzmaurice, a student on the Level 2 Art & Design Course.
And the Norman Sayle award for Innovative Work was won by Eban Davies a student on the first year of the extended diploma in art & design course.
KPMG were the other sponsors with rather more substantial awards (they’ve been around a bit longer than we have) and it’s absolutely brilliant to see local businesses support these young people. I know how much of a difference it makes having a young creative myself who will be going back to UCM in September – and who was flying the flag for The Engine House on the night!
Here are a few snaps I took myself to give you an idea of the quality of work. Do go and see it.