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Medway Culture, Design and Tourism Awards 2012

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The 2012 Medway Culture and Design Awards were held on Thursday, 6 December, 2012 at a gala celebration at the Corn Exchange, Rochester, and represented the culmination of our Year of Celebration.

Short-listed nominees in 11 categories were invited to the gala awards evening, where the winners were announced in the presence of Medway VIPs and guests. 

An inspirational speech was given by Mr Martin Green who was Head of Ceremonies at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and had overall responsibility for planning the opening and closing ceremonies, the torch relay and medal ceremonies for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

Winners and shortlisted nominees


winner mediaWinner: "WOW" Magazine

The award recognised outstanding innovation, creativity, content and use of new technologies. 

The winner was a project which has brought together in one place the best of everything that is going on in Medway.


  • coFWD 
  • Magwitch
  • Medway Eyes
  • Nightpiece Media
  • Sailing out of Grain
  • “WOW” Magazine



peoples monarchWinner: The People's Monarch at Rochester Cathedral

This award recognises businesses or products that have delivered the very best in quality, innovation and service. The winning project had more than 30,000 people visit in just 10 days, bringing visitors from all over the country to Medway.


  • 144 Club & Maritime Festival
  • Chatham Maritime Marina
  • Diggerland
  • Edith May Barge
  • Rochester Cathedral
  • The People’s Monarch
  • Royal Engineers Museum Library & Archive

Diggerland received a Highly Commended from the judges.


Fashion and design

fashionWinner: Zara Carpenter

Individuals or projects that were breaking new ground or demonstrating new techniques, approaches and design solutions.

The winner offered pieces that were highly original and made to an exceptionally high standard. 


  • Sian Bostwick
  • Sharon Richards
  • Zara Carpenter
  • Sarah Lee

Sarah Lee received a Highly Commended for Best Newcomer.


Open Spaces and Public Realm

winner open spacesWinner: Full Frontal

Innovative and creative use of public space that delivered an experience that is beneficial for the public and for the place of Medway.


  • Chatham Bus Station
  • Full Frontal
  • Gillingham Gateway
  • Iron Gym – School of Arts
  • Place Making Project – School of Arts
  • Shadowplay

The Place Making Project by the School of Arts received a Highly Commended.

Food and Drink

winner food and drinkWinner: Slim Sam's Cakery

This award was for the best locally produced food or drink.

The winner showed true innovation in creating something not only delicious but also good for us


  • Angel Wings Cup Cake
  • Cafe Moroc
  • Kent Fine Foods
  • Sweet Sonya's



The winner fell in line with the Brompton 200 celebrations, recognising 200 years of the Royal Engineers here in Medway.

Minor Canon Row and School of Arts, Historic Dockyard also received Highly Commended from the judges.


  • LV21
  • Medway Queen
  • Minor Canon Row
  • RSME Bicentenary Bridge
  • Royal Engineers Museum
  • Library and Archive
  • School of Arts – Historic Dockyard


winner musicWinner: Orchestra ONE

Orchestra ONE, the winner of this category was about passion and engagement. It has managed to create a melting pot of class, gender, ethnicity, taste and age. 

144 Club and Maritime Festival received a Highly Commended from the judges.


  • 144 Club & Maritime Festival
  • Ranscombe Studios
  • Medway Eyes
  • Orchestra ONE
  • TEA Concerts

Performing Arts

winner performing artsWinner: Icon Theatre

Recognising the outstanding achievement of individual performers, groups and organisations in reaching and developing new audiences, contributing to the performing arts scene in Medway.

Icon Theatre were the winners, offering an continuing performing arts outreach programme, designed specifically for excluded and disadvantaged communities, and it shows us how important our imaginations are in creating and responding to theatre.

Dizzy O'Dare received a Highly Commended.


Dizzy O' Dare

  • Element Beyond Gravity
  • Icon Theatre
  • Jane Pitt – Ri-Zound
  • WestEnd Classrooms


winner literatureWinner: Bill Lewis

This category was open to entrants from any literary discipline, and the judges were looking for excellence, innovation, creativity and a contribution to the development of Medway’s literary heritage. The winner was Bill Lewis who is a very accomplished literary figure, a fantastic cultural ambassador for Medway, and who makes a significant impact on Medway’s ever-growing cultural identity. 

Highly Commended went to ME4 Writers.


  • Billy Childish
  • Bill Lewis
  • Daniel Taylor
  • ME4 Writers
  • Ruth Jones



New Build

winner new buildWinner: Strood Academy

The winner of this category, Strood Academy, raised the bar in excellence and design. The project was wholly innovative in its approach to construction, sustainability and renewable energy, with Medway’s first wind turbine in a school. 

Highly commended went to Walderslade Primary and Berkeley First.


  • Bellway Homes
  • Berkeley First
  • Chatham Bus Station
  • RSME Bicentenary Bridge
  • Strood Academy
  • Walderslade Primary School

Visual Arts

Winner: Billy Childish

The most hotly contested of all of tonight’s awards and it was a feat in itself to just make the shortlist. 

Billy Childish, the winner, is a local cult icon, an internationally celebrated painter, writer and musician with an impressive body of work that is staggering both in scope and scale. 


  • Billy Childish
  • Coalshed Press
  • School of Arts - Historic Dockyard
  • Iron Gym – School of Arts
  • LV21
  • Rikard Osterlund

The Special Achievement award went to Full Frontal and coFWD were given a certificate recognising their achievement in Urban Regeneration.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to complete the nomination form and who were involved in the delivery of these awards and special thanks to the judging panel for giving up their time and support in the very difficult decision of picking the winners.

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