Kent Creative Awards 2016 Judges

Christine Allum. Deputy Head & Director of Teaching and Learning. Ashford School.

Brian Aris. One of the leading celebrity photographers working in Britain. Website.

Mike Buchanan. Head of Ashford School.

Sarah Dance. Freelance arts consultant; Project Director of Culture Kent; Chair of Kent’s Cultural Transformation Board. Website.

I was delighted to be part of the judging panel for the Kent Creative Awards. Last night’s event was a fantastic celebration of some of Kent’s creative talent. It is so important to celebrate the work of our growing creative population and recognise the many unsung heroes of Kent’s community and professional cultural life.”

Bill Fox. Chairman of the FSB Kent and Medway.

John Hall. Director of Music, Ashford School.

Bay Lees. Artist; Former Head of Arts at Ashford School.

“Thanks to Natalie’s indefatigable energy in organising the Kent Creative Awards, many of Kent’s gifted artists have been put in the spotlight and have been given a chance to share their diverse, creative talents with a wide and very appreciative audience. 

The Creative Awards have focused long overdue attention on to the creative landscape of Kent and I have been delighted to be part of it.”

Amicia de Moubray. Journalist and author.

“Hurrah for the new Kent Creative Awards to be awarded for the first time in 2016. This imaginative initiative will give deserved recognition to a wide spectrum of artists including, comedians,writers, dancers, painters and ceramicists as well as creative establishments throughout Kent. As the Turner Contemporary has demonstrated there is a huge demand for cultural entertainment in the county. These awards will help to promote all that is worthwhile in the arts in Kent.”

Moray Neame. Communications executive, Shepherd Neame.

Jaye Nolan. Director of the Rochester Literature Festival.

I was delighted to be a judge for inaugural Kent Creative Awards, instigated by the incredible Nathalie Banaigs, who is determined to support those of us in the creative industries. The sheer magnitude of quality entrants made it a pleasure and a privilege to be a part of, and the awards evening itself was inspiring. It was particularly encouraging to hear the head teacher of Ashford School, Mike Buchanan, reiterate what many of us know – that art in all its forms is transformative – and how he supports his students to be as creative as possible.

Jo Nolan, MD at Screen South.

“These awards have championed some of the hidden gems of Kent’s cultural life as well as celebrating those high profile Companies who continue to provide great experiences for Kent communities.”

Will Palin. Architectural writer & Conservation Director at the Old Royal Naval College.

Antony Penrose. A photographer, Antony Penrose is the son of Sir Roland Penrose and Lee Miller. He is director of the Lee Miller Archive and Penrose Collection at his parents’ former home, Farley Farm House.

Victoria Pomery. Director of Turner Contemporary.

“I am delighted to be involved in these Awards and look forward to sitting on the jury panel”.

Deborah Turner. Founder of YOU Image Consultancy. FSB Champion for Women in Business.

Richard Yeates. Head of Prep School, Ashford School.

As a judge, it was a privilege to see close up the fantastic range of creative work on offer in Kent. We should all be proud of the winners and the many other entrants which were equally impressive. Well done Kent Creative Arts!


Respected professionals drawn from the creative community and active sponsors, judges shortlisted the top 3 finalists for each award category. We understand that evaluation of any creative work  involves much subjectivity. However, depending on the category, they followed a selection of criteria including:

  • arts and culture must be central to the works or projects
  • artistic quality
  • professionalism


Judges meeting on 9th February 2016 at Ashford School.
Pictures by Kevin Ralph / Studio 4186.