On Thursday we three Echoes headed down to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London for the 2010 Observer Ethical Awards. With over 8000 entries to this year’s event, we were delighted to have been shortlisted.
We huddled together as the results were announced but, alas, were pipped to the post by the extraordinary Pestival, which is an arts festival bringing to life the otherworldly kingdom of insects through art, film music and education workshops.
We received lots of advice and feedback on both Echoes of Blackburn Meadows and our second project at the former Avenue Coking Works in Derbyshire, which has helped to galvanise our ideas and objectives. Our thanks to the judging panel, especially to environment journalist Lucy Seigle, who conceived of the awards back in 2005. Thank you also to the event co-ordinators for an exotic array of cocktails, canapés and a veritable treasure trove of a goodie bag! Lastly, a huge congratulations to Sheffield’s homegrown Abundance project; the winner of the Grassroots Project category.
For more information on the awards and its inspiring winners, flick through the Observer Ethical Awards pages on the Observer website.