Creative Focus Awards

Friday 13th of June 2014 marked the beginning of the University of Central Lancashire Creative Focus week and the event that opened this event was the Creative Focus Awards.  A large crowd gathered in the University’s Atrium space to support the 30 plus students from the University of Central Lancashire all nominated for an award in recognition of their achievements

The awards were judged, this year, by not only the university but members of Creative Lancashire,  an initiative create by Lancashire County Council with the aim to support and promote creativity within the county. Winners from each of the three UCLan schools (the school of Journalism and Media, the school of Art, Design and Performance and the Grenfell-Baines School of Architecture), were awarded by Charles Hadcock, the chairman of Creative Lancashire and Professor Gerry Kelleher, the UCLan Vice Chancellor.

Winners from each category were announced as follows:

Architecture Award – Sally Archibald (Architectural Technology)

Design Award – Nicholas Norcross (Illustration)

Fashion Award – Femida Adam (Eastern Fashion Design)

Fine Art Award – Daveid Darbyshire (Drawing and Image Making)

Media Award – Lauren Clark (Screenwriting with Film, TV and Radio)

Performance Award – Catherine Shaw (Contemporary Theatre and Performance)

Creative Lancashire – Best in commercial viability Award:

Samantha Binns (Fshion and Brand Promotion with Photography)

Lanty Ball (Contemporary Crafts)

For further information on the event and its winners visit –

http://uclancreativefocus.com/uclan-recognition-creative-achievers/

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About Samantha Mcnally

Samantha McNally, 20 Currently living in Sheffield, I have recently finished three years at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston studying Fashion Entrepreneurship. During this time I have gained valuable experience in a range of areas from trend forecasting to never leaving the house without an umbrella when your that far up north! Being a huge fan of music, art and fashion, I love going to gigs and events across the country with friends donning my usual stand out vintage printed shirt. Also I am an avid user of social media even if it is just to have a little nosey at what people are doing. I have spent the last 5 years working in retail alongside my education, within large soul crushing clothing retailers to much more interesting small vintage and wedding boutiques. I learnt very quickly that the phrase ‘there are no stupid questions’ is a lie, as anyone in retail will know that there are endless stupid questions asked on a daily basis. Last summer was also spent Interning at a London PR agency, learning all the ins and outs of the business whilst also having an incredible time working with stylists and having some fan girl moments of my own when celebrities visited the showroom. All in all I am outgoing and always looking for something new to experience with a wicked sense of humor and a taste for sarcasm ( much to my mothers despair).

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