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The Best of Manchester Awards: art, fashion, music

Get your entry in for an awards ceremony which might plug a gap

Published on April 26th 2007.

The Best of Manchester Awards: art, fashion, music

Awards. What isn’t there a gong-fest for these days? Every category of every trade and service seems to have its suited and booted event. Is this a scam by hotels to keep their function rooms full or is it a desperate modern need to have that on-stage moment of attention? And why hasn’t anybody yet thought of The Awards For People Who Haven’t Received An Award or The Awards For Average Sorts Who Never Amounted To Much?

Watch this space.

Occasionally though, there do appear worthy gaps in the endless slew of ceremonies. The Best of Manchester Awards, despite, its ambiguous title could be a rare example of one of these. This is designed to celebrate the city’s creative talent in Fashion, Music and Visual Arts. It’s got a broad remit, ‘looking to creators who are constantly driving their work forward: finding new paths to explore, and new ways of combining and developing their influences. This is not just about young talent and it is not age restrictive. Nor is it about emerging talent, it is open to anyone who feels they are pushing the boundaries. The Best of Manchester reflects the core values of the city – work that is contemporary, challenges the status quo and is both original and modern.’

Not sure about the word ‘creators’ with it’s God-like associations but it is true that extra focus on the arts – an area of Manchester life that is becoming more multi-disciplined and in some cases talented – is to be welcomed. And speaking of God-like, the awards are endorsed by Manchester’s Creative Director, Peter Saville, who will also lend his majestic presence to an awards evening. This will be followed by an exhibition of the shortlisted work this summer at Urbis from June to 5 August 2007.

Of course, artists being artists doubtless there’ll be a reaction and a piss-take fringe event put on. Still that doesn’t mean that the Best of Manchester awards don’t have value. And, crucially, if they reveal real quality in the three chosen areas then they will have achieved something. Manchester’s art and fashion scene is self-conscious, almost diffident, and this type of event might give it profile, show if it has anything to crow about. The witty ‘top dog’ coat of arms logo is a good start, showing that this awards ceremony might not have disappeared too far up its own jacksy.

Anybody who wants to enter has until 7 May 2007. Check out www.urbis.org.uk. You can upload examples of your work on to the site and then you have to deposit a 200 word summary.

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