The Winners

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2016 Kent Creative Awards:

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3D art and objects

  • Kate Linforth

“It is great to get some recognition for my work.  When I am squirrelling away in my studio it is sometimes hard to see an ‘end goal’ that isn’t based on monetary success.  HIVE was a project intended to bring art to communities in an unusual form and working with groups in beautiful surroundings such as Rochester Cathedral and Upnor Castle.  I forgot to thank so many people during the ceremony as it was all such a surprise – I felt like a rabbit in the headlights!  Hopefully this award will be just the encouragement I need to push further to the next stage of HIVE.  The project shall be reignited and will move forward as previously intended. ”


  • Newton Paisley Ltd – Dr Susanna Paisley

“I have been taking big scary sideways leaps with my life to get to this point, and winning this award could not have come at a better time for me. I am moving into the world of creativity and the arts from a background mostly in science, so being in a room celebrating all of that amazing creativity was very inspiring. My new business brings together everything I love best: telling stories about neglected and endangered wild species, beautiful pure linen, sustainability, colour and interiors. I feel I couldn’t be doing this in a better place than Kent for a lot of reasons. I’m chuffed to bits. Thanks again.”

Visual Arts

  • Julia Groves

“Winning this award is a validation of the significant life change I made last year to give more time to my Art Practice, it means a lot. I had a wonderful evening sharing and celebrating creativity and the creative spirit”.”


  • Genetic Moo

Tim Pickup and Nicola Schauerman said:”As interactive artists we were glad that Kent Creative Awards were open enough to include us in the Audio Visual category – and then give us the award. Hopefully this will help us run more digital projects in collaboration with the region’s various arts organisations and in some small way encourage more digital artists to Kent.”

Performing arts

  • Richard Navarro

“I am completely thrilled to have won an award tonight, and the evening reminded me of the unique and wonderful things that are going on in Kent. It’s a great place to be a performing artist. ”

Publishing – Sponsored by Stormchasers

  • WOW Magazine

Event of the year

  • Deal Festival

Paul Edlin said: “It was terrific fun and the atmosphere was so very positive in all respects.We were naturally thrilled to win an award. To this end, all the very hard work that you will have done to make this all happen will prove well worth it. It makes a difference, it makes people take arts organisations even more seriously, and the impact can be so positive. Thank you and your team for your kindness, generosity and vision.”

Cultural venue of the year – Sponsored by Shepherd Neame

  • The Marlowe Theatre

Mark Everett, Theatre Director said: “We are delighted to have won this award, especially as it comes in The Marlowe Theatre’s fifth anniversary year.  I’d like to thank all of my staff who work so hard to achieve this success and also our many loyal audiences from throughout Kent who make The Marlowe Theatre such a special venue.  We’d also like to congratulate all of the other winners and finalists at the Kent Creative Awards.  The event certainly demonstrated the amazing amount of creative talent to be found in our county.”

Creative business of the year – Sponsored by the FSB Kent & Medway

  • Folk in the Barn

Debs Earl said: “We were very excited and happy to win Best Creative Business. It’s been a lot of hard work, but so rewarding. It’s been wonderful to introduce so much new music to so many people. The awards evening was very well run. Delicious food and colourful people”

Arts organisation of the year

  • Dover Arts Development

Creative Champion of the year

  • Leah Thorn

“It was an honour to be nominated for the Award and winning it is a great recognition of the power of creativity as a tool for change. It’s an award for me but also for the many people who have entrusted me with their creativity and their stories.”

Judges gave Special Mentions to individuals and organisations producing outstanding work and/or have a particular impact on their communities:

  • Stella Chapman & Victoria Johnstone
  • Jo Dyer
  • Joan Mac Karell
  • Christopher Sacre
    • The Special Mention meant a great deal to me knowing that I’m on the right path and I’m sure I do have a lot more to offer for the Deaf communities in Kent in many years to come therefore it won’t be the last of me at the Kent Creative Awards in the coming years“.