Edinburgh Napier’s links with Scotland’s cultural sector were recognised recently with the University’s involvement with the Sunday Herald Culture Awards 2018.
Held in Glasgow on 12 July, the star-studded event celebrated the breadth of talent from across the nation’s creative and cultural industries.
Edinburgh Napier was headline partner for the event, with awards honouring key figures from music, dance, comedy, film, television and theatre, as well as acknowledging the importance of work behind the scenes at arts venues and festivals.
The Univeristy was also represented through the awards section of the night, with a number of staff members presenting awards and a number of graduates becoming recipients.
Dr Louise Todd, programme leader for the MSc International Festival and Event Management within Edinburgh Napier’s Business School, presented the Ones to Watch award to young publishing company 404 Ink.
Dr Alistair Scott, director of Screen Academy Scotland within Edinburgh Napier’s School of Arts and Creative Industries, presented the Lifetime Achievement award to actor and director David Hayman. He acknowledged the important of Hayman’s commitment to humanitarian causes through his charity Spirit Aid.
Graduates Caroline Deyga and Kirsty Finlay were among the cast of ‘Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour’ – the National Theatre of Scotland and Live Theatre production – which picked up the award for Best Live Performance. Both graduated from the BA Acting and English and Acting for Stage and Screen programmes respectively.
Daniel Abercrombie from the Scottish Storytelling Centre took to the stage to receive the Best Performing Arts Venue award and recalled the importance of his Masters degree at Edinburgh Napier in his thank you speech.
Honorary Graduate and founder of Social Bite John Littlejohn and Edinburgh Napier alumni Alan Thomson from Unique Events took the Judges Choice award for the Sleep in the Park event, which raised awareness and money to tackle homelessness in Scotland.
Dr Alistair Scott said: “The achievements of those shortlisted for awards across 17 categories are an inspiration to our students. This sector is vitally important. Through many of our degree programmes, we are nurturing and developing the skills and knowledge for the next generation working in the creative industries of the future.”
The full results from this year’s event can be viewed here.
Header pic Gordon Terris/Sunday Herald.