Last night I attended a special event to present a young, talented team of students with a richly-deserved and highly prestigious award. We are delighted that an animated film about our work with young carers, made by five students from Bournemouth University, has won the Kingston Smith 2016 Creative Vision Award.
The creative visionaries behind our winning film, Team Pablo, have produced an uplifting animation reflecting the sense of empowerment that our workshops bring to young carers. We’ve been blown away by the exceptional creativity, ingenuity and skill of the young animators, and are delighted with the fun, moving and imaginative film they have created. The issues faced by young carers, including social isolation, lack of opportunities and low levels of confidence, are largely unknown by the general public. This animation will help us to raise awareness of these issues, and of the life-changing power of the creative arts. How appropriate and wonderful that an animation can help us to achieve these goals.
In talking to the team last night, I particularly commended them on their ability to meet our brief. It was vital for us that, whilst focusing on just one of our seven participant groups, the animation showcased the breadth of our creative art forms, from photography to music to art, and they have done this so imaginatively. They roped in a friend to produce an original score – my favourite part is where the young carer slides down the piano – and young actor Oliver Payne (The Theory of Everything) to do the voiceover. Do you recognise him?
When I visited Bournemouth University during the summer to meet the competing teams, hear them present their ideas and then watch them work on their animations, I was so impressed by their commitment, hard work and painstaking attention to detail – all during their summer holiday. It took five of them more than six weeks to create our 30 second animation, combining highly technical skills and creativity.
Team Pablo’s pride last night shone out as their incredible film was shown twice during the award ceremony.
The Creative Vision Award was launched by innovative top 20 chartered accountants and business advisers Kingston Smith in 2015, in partnership with Bournemouth University’s BFX Competition. Established to encourage and support success and innovation across two of the firm’s key sectors, charity and media, the Award reflects Kingston Smith’s commitment to helping charities and entrepreneurs reach their full potential. We and Refuge were the winning charities this year, original films being our prize.
Martin Muirhead, Senior Partner at Kingston Smith, commented: “It is a privilege to congratulate the incredibly talented winners of this year’s Creative Vision Award, Alpaca Chinos [for Refuge] and Team Pablo [for Create], on the creation of these outstanding animations. I have no doubt the films will be of great value to Refuge and Create in communicating their important brand messages sensitively and effectively to new audiences and generating high levels of awareness and support.”
We would like to thank Kingston Smith, Bournemouth University and Team Pablo for a truly unique, very special prize. I hope you enjoy it.
Nicky Goulder, Co-Founder & Chief Executive