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Left to right: Freya Billington (Head of Festivals for NAHEMI); Alistair Oldham (Senior Lecturer in Filmmaking UWE); Lutia Swan-Hutton.


IN BRIEF


EEF Venues’ Engineers’ House in Clifton, Bristol and Broadway House conference venue in Westminster have both achieved Gold in the stringent Accredited in Meetings (AIM) assessment – the nationwide 'kite mark' of quality.


Assessments take place


Graduate scoops award U


WE Bristol Filmmaking graduate, Lutia Swan- Hutton, has won the ‘NAHEMI Award for Creativity’ at the 22nd Encounters Short Film


Festival, which ran at Bristol’s Watershed between the 22-25 September 2016. The NAHEMI is the National Association for Higher Education in the Moving Image and represents all of the major film schools and film courses in the UK and Ireland. Each year, at Encounters, NAHEMI screens the best student films from across the UK and Ireland. Lutia’s film, Beauty of a Stateless Mind, is a poetic documentary on the plight of refugees at the Calais Jungle refugee camp. The judges cited Lutia’s ‘compassionate and humane approach to her subject,’ and her, ‘creative and poetic vision,’ as reasons for her winning the prestigious accolade, amidst competition from all of the other film schools in the country.


UWE Bristol, added: “This is obviously a great award for Lutia to have received. It puts her film in the top echelon of the films produced by film schools, in the UK, at both postgraduate and undergraduate level in the last year.”


Hazlewoods puts talent on display


Hazlewoods, the Gloucestershire-based accountants and business advisers, are supporting local artists by putting their works on display to clients and visitors. As part of Hazlewoods’ commitment to actively work


to help the local community, they are exhibiting examples of the art in the reception area and meeting rooms at Hazlewoods office in Staverton. The paintings will be available to buy and will change


every two months, providing an opportunity for Hazlewoods’ clients and visitors to enjoy and appreciate a fascinating range of art styles over the coming months. Tony Flambard, Hazlewoods finance and administration partner, said: “We believe this is an important opportunity to help emerging artists gain the recognition they deserve, whilst also having a positive impact on our offices. “Hazlewoods already support the wider community through various activities throughout the year and these exhibitions of art will help to further enhance the reputations of new talents in the art world.” Hazlewoods is working with Little Van Gogh which


helps artists all over Europe, exhibiting 7,000 pieces of art internationally. Chloe Adams, director of Little Van Gogh, said: “We


are delighted that Hazlewoods have agreed to showcase our artists. They have embraced supporting the arts wholeheartedly and the artwork will look fantastic in the space they are providing.”


Art goes on display at Hazlewoods


Lutia said: “I am humbled to have received such a prestigious award, not solely for my own efforts, but in regards to having helped humanise an ongoing situation, bringing it to the attention of the film world and, hopefully, the wider public.” Freya Billington, head of festivals for NAHEMI, said: “NAHEMI is committed to showcasing some of the most exciting, dynamic and diverse student work made in the UK each year. The standard of submissions is very high and The Beauty of a Stateless Mind stood out to the panel as a genuinely original and powerful film, extremely deserving of this award. Alistair Oldham, senior lecturer in filmmaking at


every three years, and this is the second time that each of the venues has received the highest ranking. Only 24 UK venues are currently Gold accredited. David Vaughton, director of venues for EEF Venues, said: “Customer service underpins everything we do so this is a great reflection on our teams. “Achieving Gold again is the ultimate benchmark of quality and we view it as a vote of confidence in our facilities, our consistent standards across the group, and particularly, in our people.”


The West of England LEP is pleased to announce that Mark Walker, retail director of Specsavers Bristol has been appointed as an enterprise adviser for the Careers Enterprise Company (CEC), which offers strategic support to school leaders to create powerful connections between local businesses and education providers. CEC is part of the West of


England’s strategic economic plan to build a skilled and informed workforce. The best way this knowledge can be fed into schools is by companies working more closely with their local schools. To do this volunteers from business are being asked by the West of England LEP to give a small amount of time each month to work directly with school and college leaders. To help schools strengthen their strategic work with businesses and bridge the gap between the worlds of work and employment; ensuring local young people become our future employees. If you are keen to find out


more about how to get involved strategically with local schools; and have some time to spare each month then get in touch West of England LEP’s Coordinator, Beverly Walker at beverly.walker@ westofengland.org


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Photo courtesy of Jon Craig Photography


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