Deutsche Bank have been running their Awards programme since 1993. Through it they offer practical and financial support to freelance artists, craftspeople, designers and performers who have graduated from the UAL. Until 3rd October the UAL Showroom on High Holborn is showcasing UAL graduates who have won Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprises in fashion and photography over the past 12 years.
The work on show covers a wide variety of art forms, from photography and magazines to fine art and footwear. Some of the participants include Style of Sound, a magazine founded by John Noi, who won the Deutsche Bank Award in Fashion in 2001. It’s USP is a complete rejection of photography. Instead articles are only illustrated by paintings and sketches.
Cor Habeo is an ethical footwear brand using vegetable-tanned leather and salmon skin. It was co-founded by the 2011 Fashion Award winner Pablo Vidal. He is starting to focus on bespoke one-off pieces. Alicja Dobrucka won the Deutsche Bank Photography Award in 2010. Her work considers folk art in an era of globalisation.
With twelve different artists and creatives on show this is a brief look at the careers of people who have benefited from Deutsche Bank’s support of the arts. The award is still going, so if you’re graduating from UAL, check it out and see if they can help you.