PANI fire up awards with local artist

  • July 25, 2017

Awards Chair Nuala Meenehan and PANI Chair Siobhan Lavery with host Neil Delamere

Stephen Farnan, a potter by trade and well recognised for his distinguished artistic style, has been selected by PANI to design and create a series of bespoke trophies to be presented during this year’s PANI Awards. PANI Awards Chair, Nuala Meenehan said:

“When celebrating creative achievements across Northern Ireland we want to make sure that PANI too adopts a creative approach to its awards gala.

“Working closely with Stephen on the development of the bespoke awards has been a thrilling creative journey and we are sure that shortlisted entrants will be itching to get their hands on one of these unique, eye-catching awards.”

Incorporating this year’s theme of ‘The Greatest Icons of Advertising’, Stephen’s award design – the red earthenware deep-sided dish – will bear local artist Peter Strain’s instantly recognisable illustrations featuring some of the ‘greats’ from the advertising world.

Talking through the process, from initial design to creating the dish, Stephen describes the development of the bespoke award as a fitting creative journey.

“This is my third time working with the PANI team to create their awards and each year is a new challenge. I wanted to create an award that complements the creativity and excellence of each winning campaign, but one that is also domestic and functional.

“The brief was simple – to take Peter Strain’s iconic style and striking artwork for the 2017 PANI Awards and incorporate it into the awards themselves. It is very much a case of the pottery acting as the canvas for the illustrations.

“The awards we are creating take approximately 4-6 weeks to complete. Each individual award starts off as a 2kg of ball of soft red clay, it is hand thrown on the potter’s wheel and then has a white slip applied before glazing and final decoration.

“The calibre of creative output in publicity, marketing and media NI is phenomenal. So high in fact that often local agencies win numerous awards for their inspired campaigns. This is something I kept in mind throughout the design process.”

This year’s Awards will be held in the Culloden Hotel on October 19. If you are interested in joining us find out more…

Last updated October 27, 2017

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