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The Best of Manchester 2009 winners

The best in art, fashion and music gathered at the Urbis last night for the results...

Published on July 24th 2009.

The Best of Manchester 2009 winners

The Best of Manchester Awards are once again kicking off the awards shows this year with their recognition of innovators in the city. The annual awards celebrate innovation in art, music and fashion. After a ten-week campaign, with over 250 entries, the winners were revealed at the Urbis on Thursday evening.

Open to anyone that lives or works in Manchester, this year work was judged by a panel of industry experts that included Peter Saville, Wayne Hemingway, the Turner Prize winning artist, Jeremy Deller, Tim Marlow (White Cube, London), Miranda Sawyer, Yvette Livesey (In The City) and Luke Bainbridge (Observer Music Monthly). Together, the panel of judges selected just three winners which were as follows:

BoMa crowd image exhibition

The winner of the fashion award went to Manchester School of Art graduate, Holly Russell with her unusual graduate collection of hundreds of hand-sewn scarab beetle wings. Russell also collaborated with a metal worker to incorporate aluminium into her designs and an astronomer to create embellished digital prints. She hopes to take up an MA in fashion womenswear at the renowned Royal College of Art.

The art award went to an art collective named Owl Project. Simon Blackmore, Antony Hall and Steve Symons’ influences include woodwork, hobby-style electronics and open source software. Owl Project has produced a range of semi-sculptural musical instruments that have been exhibited across Europe and premiered at events such as the Sonic Arts Network EXPO, Lovebytes and Futuresonic.

Finally, onto the music award and for the first time the Best of Manchester judges decided to award a joint first place in this category, reflecting the very high standards. Jayne Compton won for her diverse portfolio of work which includes the long-running experimental club night, Club Brenda, Switchflicker Records label and an upcoming Arts Council book, Strange Trees. Max Moran also took home the award for his energetic portfolio of work that includes the video-based music blog, ThisTownSounds.com, his sell-out club night, Hot Club, its laid back sister session, Hat Club and, more recently, his burgeoning record label, Hit Club.

BoMa winners with Peter Saville

All winners get £2,000, as well as a 12-month professional development package, designed to help them kick-start their career. Their work is currently exhibited in the Best of Manchester exhibition, which opens on Friday 24 July and runs until 20 September.

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