Former student, Rob Smalley is one half of the business, Scene Photography, which was awarded the photography prize and the overall Nottingham Creative Business of the Year Award.
Specialising in studio and fashion work, Rob set up the company with his business partner Chris Burks in 2001, a year after graduating.
The success of Nottingham Trent University graduates this year builds on that of the last two competitions, which has seen talented former students walk away with a host of awards.
The annual Nottingham Creative Business Awards once again yielded an impressive number of prizes for Nottingham Trent University graduates. The coveted Nottingham Creative Business of the Year Award, along with the photography and visual arts prizes, were won by former students, while a graduate and current staff member is behind the team which won the writing and publishing award.
The awards, organised by creative practitioners and professionals, with the support of Nottingham City Council, aim to recognise and celebrate the very best creative work taking place in and around the city. The competition seeks to enhance Nottingham’s reputation as a creative city of national and international importance, while raising the city’s profile as a hotbed of globally influential talent.
Rob Smalley, who studied in the university’s School of Art and Design, is one half of the business, Scene Photography, which was awarded the photography prize and the overall Nottingham Creative Business of the Year Award. The photography graduate set up the company with his business partner Chris Burks in 2001, a year after graduating. The pair specialise in their own areas of studio and location work, from fashion and lifestyle photography, to room sets, interiors and architecture.
Moot, established in 2005 by Nottingham Trent University fine art graduates Candice Jacobs, Tristan Hessing, Matthew Jamieson and Tom Godfrey, scooped the visual arts award. Moot is recognised as one of the most important independent galleries in the East Midlands. Since its inception it has risen to prominence, making a significant impression within the national circuit of independent and artist-led initiatives.
Last year Moot was selected as one of the top five upcoming galleries by The Times newspaper and one of the top ten galleries by the Independent.
The writing and publishing prize was awarded to the independent culture and entertainment publication, LeftLion, for which Nottingham Trent University online copywriter Jared Wilson is the editor in chief. Jared, who also studied a Postgraduate Certificate in Social Science Research Methods at the university, collected his award with the magazine’s technical editor, Alan Gilby, who has previously worked as a web developer at the university.
LeftLion, which covers Nottinghamshire, is put together by voluntary contributors and has recently celebrated its fifth birthday. Past interviews have included writer Alan Sillitoe, actor Sir Ian McKellen and fashion designer Sir Paul Smith.
The Dean of Nottingham Trent University’s School of Art and Design, Professor Judith Mottram, said: “The shortlist and all the winners were characterised by a level of achievement that the city should be proud of – we are really proud to have been involved in the development of some of them, and look forward to continuing to contribute to the region’s creative growth over the coming years
The success of Nottingham Trent University graduates this year builds on that of the last two competitions, which has seen talented former students walk away with a host of awards. It is also the second year running that a university graduate has won the Nottingham Creative Business of the Year Award, following visual artist Hetain Patel’s win in 2008.
Entries for the Nottingham Creative Business Awards come from musicians, photographers, graphic designers, writers, fashion designers, advertising agencies, interior designers, performers, dancers, artists and film-makers.
For more on Scene Photography visit www.scenephotography.co.uk