FOUND win the first ever List Award
Edinburgh arts collective claim prize, while Cargo Publishing collect Best Newcomer
Edinburgh-based band and arts collective FOUND have won the first annual List Award. The Award, presented on Thursday 15 December at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery as part of The List's Hot 100 Party, recognises achievement in the arts over the past 12 months. Simon Kirby accepted on behalf of the group.
The judges praised FOUND's innovations (including pressing one of their singles as a chocolate record), and ability to work across different genres. FOUND's third album factorycraft came out in 2011. The band are currently working on a commission to provide an interactive game for the Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations.
Tommy Perman (pictured centred) from FOUND said today: 'We're all extremely happy to have been picked as the winner. We were really chuffed to be included in the shortlist and with such esteemed company we never reckoned we'd have a chance of winning it. Even my own mother said 'well Karla Black's on the shortlist so I don't think you'll win'!'
Also successful on the night were Cargo Publishing who won the Best Newcomer prize. Editors Rodge Glass and Gill Tasker and publisher Mark Buckland accepted the award.
Mark Buckland said today: 'We're really honoured to win this – completely unexpected in such a strong field of nominations. It's been a great year for Cargo and we're just going to keep this vibe on into 2012 with another 12 books and our festival, Margins. And we're all pretty hungover today, so we definitely enjoyed ourselves at the party.'
Cargo launched a new digital arm, Cargo Crate, in 2011, and published authors including Ewan Morrison. Their Margins literary festival, which began in 2011, is due to come back bigger and better in 2012.
List editor Jonny Ensall said of the awards: 'It was a really exciting process deciding what the List Awards were about, and then choosing the eventual winners. Both FOUND and Cargo are generous, committed, imaginative artistic presences who put a lot back into their local arts scenes. Congratulations to them both.'
The Shortlist for the List Award was:
King Creosote - musician
David Greig - playwright
FOUND - band and arts collective
Karla Black - artist
Aidan Moffat - musician
SWG3 - Glasgow venue
David Mackenzie - film director
Tracer Trails - gig promoter
The Shortlist for the Best Newcomer Award was:
Cargo Publishing - publishing house
Anthony Baxter - documentary filmmaker
Summerhall - Edinburgh venue
Detour Scotland - gig promoter
Conquering Animal Sound - band
Read more about the awards here.
Performances on the night of the Hot 100 party came from Red Note Ensemble, Ellie Harrison, Gary McNair, James Yorkston and Jonnie Common. Each entrant into the Hot 100 received a personalised bottle of Famous Grouse whisky.