A Manchester artist is celebrating the return of her second international awards targeting the creative industries, having secured leading film and art figures as judges.
Katy Kann, who moved to the city from Russia via Monaco, set up the Kann Awards two years ago. With categories in filmmaking, photography, art and illustration, they are the only awards of their kind offering jobs in world’s leading photography and film production studios.

Steven Finestone, the Photography Director on MI:4-Ghost Protocol, Michael Clayton and many other successful films has been confirmed as a judge. Other judges include Jo Volley, a practicing artist and a senior fine art lecturer at Slade School of Fine Art (UCL), Kerstin Hacker, Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Photography and MA Photography at University of Cambridge, and Oran O’Reilly, a practicing artist and Senior Fine Art Lecturer and Head of Print at University of Manchester.

Says Katy: “I started painting at the age of five, and recognised from an early age that to make it in the creative industries requires more than just talent, it requires something that artists are not always blessed with – a business mind. Marketing and business growth is part of the process.

“The Kann Awards provide entrants with the chance to have their work published, but it also provides an opportunity to showcase work in our gallery, discuss art of all types with other creative, and have it seen by our well-respected judges. It can be an amazing springboard to a wider audience and great for business.”

The winning artist can be from any of the four categories, and will win a cash prize as well as a bespoke feature in Art Monthly, with complete liberty to choose the information and images published.

Concludes Katy: “We’re really excited to see the works come in – the closing date is March and we are already getting entries from all over the world.” 


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