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Best of Manchester Awards

Urbis's annual search for the city's best creative talent is now open for entries

Published on February 24th 2009.

Best of Manchester Awards

The Best of Manchester Awards were launched this week, giving Manchester's musicians, artists and designers another chance to compete in the city's annual battle of the creatives.

Organised by Urbis, the awards celebrate innovation in art, music and fashion. Anyone working in these industries, who lives or works in Greater Manchester, can enter – though their work needs to be 'boundary-breaking' if they want a serious chance of winning.

The work will be judged by a panel of 24 industry experts that includes 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).

Winners get £2,000, a major exhibition at Urbis, and a package of professional development to help move their career to the next level.

Rags to Bitches: winner of the last year's Fashion award

Conceptual artist Naomi Kashiwagi: last year's Art award winner

Last year's Art award winner, Naomi Kashiwagi, has since staged performances at the Barbican in London and the Whitworth Art Gallery. She took advantage of an Urbis-sponsored trip to the Frieze and Zoo art fairs to develop her practice, featured in a group show at Cornerhouse at the end of 2008, won the Individual Artist Award at the Art Council’s art08 awards and has secured a solo exhibition in Tokyo this year.

Fashion winner Simon Buckley, who runs the Rags to Bitches boutique, went on to win Best Female Clothes Shop in the Galaxy 2008 Awards and was Highly Commended for Best Womenswear in the Drapers Awards. After a Guardian write-up, Rags to Bitches have since run a series of sold-out fashion events at Urbis.

So if you want big things to happen in your creative career in 2009, start putting your submission together. The awards are open for entries until midnight on 1 May 2009. Entry is online at www.urbis.org.uk.

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outragedofm1February 24th 2009.

Another fine initiative from a resurgent Urbis that whould be applauded.Can I ask, on a different tangent though - is the frankly gushing Odd/Odder piece below a paid for advertorial and, is that why we can't read and rant? I would hope not as it would fly in the face of the independence MC seems at pains to tell us about so often...

DrakeFebruary 24th 2009.

THe link between the stories being that Cleo set up Odd while working as the PA to the THEN head of Urbis. Yes, there was that much going on...

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