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Creative collaboration shortlisted at Podium 2012 awards

A cultural collaboration between the University of Portsmouth and 10 other Universities in the UK has been shortlisted in the Podium London 2012 awards.

The collaboration entitled ‘The Creative Campus Initiative’ (CCI) is a dynamic programme of cultural events and artworks inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which aims to raise the aspirations and skills of young people through creative innovation.

It has been shortlisted for the best ‘creative cultural project’ at the awards, which celebrate the vital role colleges and universities across the UK have played in delivering the London 2012 Games.

The 11 Universities across the south-east have worked in partnership since 2010 to deliver hundreds of events, performances and exhibitions, working with nearly 1000 artists and student participants.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Dr David Arrell said: “Forming a consortium of universities has been an excellent way to support the Cultural Olympiad and we’re absolutely delighted that the project has been shortlisted.

“CCI has created an unprecedented level of cultural collaboration and reached thousands of people in the last two years and it is fantastic to have this recognised.”

The University of Portsmouth is currently running four CCI projects, including an artist-led exhibition New Creatives, which explores courage and determination in student work from seven local FE and sixth form colleges led by the University’s Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries.

New Creatives is one of the outstanding projects granted the London 2012 Inspire mark, the badge of the London 2012 Inspire programme, which recognises exceptional and innovative projects inspired by the 2012 Games.

Another project in full-flow is Dysarticulate, which aims to celebrate the Olympics by engaging artists and audiences to plant one million flags recycled from book pages by the end of the year.

The Podium Awards form part of Universities Week 2012 which takes place from 30 April – 7 May and will recognise Higher Education’s contribution to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Winners will be announced at an awards evening overlooking the London Olympic Stadium on 3 May, 2012.

Other CCI institutions include Buckinghamshire New University, Oxford Brookes University, Southampton University, Southampton Solent University, University for the Creative Arts and Winchester University, University of Brighton and University of Sussex, Canterbury Christ Church University and University of Kent, Royal Holloway University of London and Thames Valley University.

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