Creative Bath Awards

The seam textile collective decided, days before the deadline, to enter the first ever Creative Bath Awards. We’re a creative group, we’ve had a successful run with our shiftWorks project and we’re based in Bath – a perfect fit!

We hurriedly put together an application (luckily we’d recently reported on our project success so had many facts and figures to hand to help) and reviewed it together, made changes, reviewed it again and eventually hit the submit button with minutes to spare.

A number of weeks later (yes, they made us wait that long!) we received a much hoped for email confirming we’d been shortlisted as finalists in the Creative Bath Awards! We were over the moon and quickly signed up to attend the finalists’ drinks reception and the awards ceremony itself.

The awards ceremony was part of the Creative Bath Summer Party and showed off Bath’s creativity at its best – there was live entertainment, art, body and face painting, fire displays (this was a particular favourite of mine), a balloon installation, Morris dancers, buskers and more.

In amongst all of this frivolity there was a marquee which held all of the finalists, the sponsors and the judges along with some rather entertaining hosts. It was fantastic to hear more about each of the entrants as the winners were announced and the acceptance speeches made. Unfortunately we weren’t successful on the night, and the (very deserving) Bath Cake Company came away with the ‘maker’ award. We had a brilliant evening though and would recommend it to any creative maker, whether your work is craft, digital, traditional or contemporary there’s a category to suit you. We’re already looking forward to next year’s awards!

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