The winners of the 2016 Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise (DBACE) were announced at an Awards event in London on 27 April. Shortlisted candidates spent the day pitching their ideas and business plans to five panels of well-known figures across the arts. One of the most established, longest running graduate enterprise programmes, DBACE has given £1.5m to young creative students across all arts sectors to help them launch their own enterprise and business projects.


The winning projects across five creative arts categories showcase artistic applications and solutions to a range of topical issues.


Art and Photography: M62 the trans-Pennine Motorway is an exploration of the social and economic impact of the M62 motorway

Craft and Design: Equinox Digital uses a combination of ‘drone’ technology and 3D mapping which will preserve important cultural archaeological sites for posterity

Film: Samaanata brings together a medical student and film maker to make a documentary which explores gender-based violence

Music: Rhythm Passport is a free online magazine and gig guide to change perceptions and grow new audiences for world music

Performance: The Living Room Circus is a travelling circus company which will provide an immersive and inclusive performance for all ages in a circus tent transformed into a living room in art festivals across Europe.

Winners receive £10,000 and runners-up £1,000 each. They will all be given year-long business mentoring from a Deutsche Bank executive and two days of intensive small business training to help launch their careers.

Judging panels for each of the five categories included prominent arts industry figures such as Jamie Scallion, songwriter and author; Nigel Hurst, Chief Executive, The Saatchi Gallery; Chris Paul Daniels, British Film maker and lecturer at Manchester School of Art; and Alistair Spalding, Chief Executive, Sadler’s Wells; as well as senior Deutsche Bank executives, many of whom have professional experience in the arts.

Winners and runners up for the five categories are listed below and details of their projects are at:

Art & Photography Presented by Diana Matar, a DBACE winner in 2008, her photography has been shown at major international venues and published in award-winning books

Winner: Kevin Crooks, University of Central Lancashire, for M62: The Trans-Pennine Motorway

Runner-Up: Claire Undy, Royal Academy Schools, for Skelf Space


Craft and Design Presented by Justin McGuirk, Chief Curator, The Design Museum, and Head of Design Curating and Writing at the Design Academy Eindhoven

Winner: Daniel Maher, Glasgow School of Art, for Equinox Digital

Runner-Up: Kiril Kostadinov, University of the Arts, for Kiko Kostadinov


Film Presented by Christine Molloy, Co-Director Desperate Optimists

Winner: Thomas Payton-Greene and Safiya Noor Dahnani, Manchester Metropolitan University, for Samaanata

Runner-Up: Margarita Veberaite, Josefa Celestin and Fraser Stephen, Edinburgh Napier University, for Shakehaus Interactive


Music Presented by Jamie Scallion, songwriter and author of The Rock ‘n’ Roll Diaries

Winner: Marco Canepari and Kia Coates, Goldsmiths, University of London for Rhythm Passport

Runner-Up: Julian Chou-Lambert, Royal Academy of Music, for Music Makes Movies


Performance Presented by Lauren Hendry, previous DBACE winner, Founder of So & So Circus and The Production Shed

Winner: Elinor Harvey, University of Kent, for Living Room Circus

Runner-Up: Kieran Warner and Chris Thomas, National Centre for Circus Arts, for Simple Cypher

Since 1993, DBACE has helped hundreds of final year and recently graduated arts students negotiate the challenges of self-employment, with the support of start-up capital, enterprise training and business mentoring as part of Deutsche Bank’s commitment to drive positive change in society through Made for Good, its global enterprise programme. More than 177 careers have been launched as a result, and many more students have been inspired to consider setting up a project or enterprise of their own.

There are no specific creative briefs within the award categories but seeking artistic solutions to health, wellbeing and mindfulness issues are prominent themes that this year’s candidates have chosen to address.  They have presented innovative ideas using technology and art to explore making spaces for community and social enterprise set-ups.

Nicole Lovett, Head of Corporate Citizenship UK at Deutsche Bank, explains why the Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise  are important, ‘The creative industries contribute £84billion a year to the UK economy and are crucial to both individual and community well-being. The winners of  2016 DBACE have demonstrated the potential to become successful entrepreneurs who will continue to grow this creative eco-system. The Awards prepare students to overcome specific challenges, and help them towards investment readiness and long-term sustainability.’

The Arts and Culture team at Business in the Community work with Deutsche Bank to deliver the Awards.  Ann Drew, Director Arts & Culture at Business in the Community, applauded all the shortlisted candidates and the wealth of creative talent coming out of British universities and conservatoires.  ‘Artists need more than brilliant ideas; they need the skills to convert aspirations into long-term achievements. The DBACE process itself is confidence building and nurtures entrepreneurial ambition.’


For further information:

Jo Philpotts:  07775 895680

Notes to editors:


Full details of the winners, runners-up, shortlisted candidates and biographies for the judges are available at:

The Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise (DBACE) are  part of Deutsche Bank’s global enterprise programme, Made for Good, supporting the success of pioneering ideas and business models to help drive positive change in society.

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