Tasmania’s creative industries celebrate 2019 Diemen Awards

Over 150 members of Tasmania’s thriving print, design, advertising and digital sectors have celebrated the 2019 Diemen Awards in Hobart with Launceston printer Foot and Playsted taking out the Grand Diemen for print for its book printing winning entry, ‘Amalgamation and Harmony’.

Walter Kuhn, the president of the Print and Visual Communication Association (PVCA) attended the event on November 9 and presented the grand prize trophy to Foot and Playsted’s Michael Ryan with Diemen Award chair Sam Dobie (pictured).

Foot and Playsted’s winning entry: ‘Amalgamation and Harmony’

Other Tasmanian printers named as a finalist for the grand print prize included Flying Colours Group which won the speciality print category for its ‘Santorini’ project. Mercury Walch was also a finalist for a Grand Diemen having won the embellisments and brochures/leaflets/newsletters categories.

Gary Nilsson of Mercury Walch was also honoured with an Appreciation Award for his services to the creative industries.

Gary Nilsoon of Mercury Walch accepts his Appreciation Award from Diemen Awards chair Sam Dobie

The event was held on November 9 at the Long Gallery at Salamanca Arts Centre in Hobart and was supported by major sponsors Media Super, the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA), Fuji Xerox, Print and Visual Communication Association (PVCA), Southern Cross Austereo, Ball & Doggett and Spicers.

In all four grand prizes were given out on the night including print, design, advertising and digital.

Dieman Awards chair Sam Dobie said the event provided a much-needed forum for those working in similar sectors to come together and celebrate their achievements.

“As an awards body we are seeing more and more work blurring the boundaries of industry, and it is this collaboration that is producing the most striking and effective work in the market,” Dobie told Sprinter.

“Naturally as a sector of creative thinkers and craftsman, it should come as no surprise to the industry that by inviting different sectors to join the projects from the very beginning, you are guaranteed a better outcome.

“Being one of the only opportunities for the Tasmanian creative industry to come together for a night, there was not only an air of celebration, but also much discussion was had around the year’s work, and the opportunities going forward.”

The 2019 Diemen Awards get underway in Hobart

Dobie said the judging panel was the largest to date and came to a general consensus that Tasmania is producing work of exceptional quality given the size of the state and client budgets.

“It was pleasing to note that the tide seems to turning on the notion that the State was not quite up to scratch and we are seeing more and more work being created for national and international markes,” Dobie said.


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