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It was such a great idea and a credit to every one involved, from the guys at Tiger Beer who came up with £1500 in prize money to the Coalition who put on this event for the final, to the team at InnBrighton who put in so much work: an illustration, graphic design and photography competition that everyone wanted to enter. And people entered Create In Brighton in their droves. The initial explosion of art totalled over 400 entries, which were sifted through by the judges Lawrence Zeegen, Kevin Meredith and Sarah Arnett until, with thanks to thousands of Facebook votes, we’re down to the 10 creatives tonight.
Lawrence and Kevin took to the stage like a well seasoned double act to award Jack Sheen’s energetic gig photo 3rd place, while Alex Bamford’s contemplative midnight sleepwalking portrait walked off with £500 and second place. Matt C Stokes’ Japanese-themed illustration of Brighton was a popular choice to win the £1000 top prize and he was clearly as surprised as he was thrilled. Looking at the gallery in Coalition’s second room it was clearly an open field – every entry would have been a deserved winner.
Date: Thursday 5th April 2012