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D&AD opens up judging of Professional Awards to the public

A free-to-attend public exhibition of winning work will be held on April 23. Creative professionals can attend a three-day masterclass to get the most out of Judging Week

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | March 18, 2015

D&AD-JudgingD&AD, the global creative association for the advertising and design industries, will be pulling back the curtain on the judging of the D&AD Professional Awards and opening it to the public for the first time.

Held at The Old Truman Brewery in east London, D&AD Judging Week 2015 will be held from April 19 to 23 and will feature a full programme of events, talks and exhibitions, celebrating and showcasing the best in commercial creativity.

The climax will be a free-to-attend public exhibition of winning work held on Thursday, April 23. Visitors will be able to wander through the very best creative work from packaging, products, graphic design, posters, typography, books, digital innovations and films from the past year.

Fresh from selecting the 2015 Pencil winners, D&AD’s judges will be on hand throughout April 23 for a series of panel discussionsto talk about what they loved, what they loathed, and the work (and fellow judges) that caused the most heated debates. Judging Week Insights will offer unprecedented access into every jury, with tickets available for free in advance from the D&AD website.

For creative professionals looking to get the most out of Judging Week, also on offer will be an exclusive three-day masterclass, called Judging Week Wisdom. Judging Week Wisdom will bring together a conference-quality line-up of speakers, offering an intimate learning experience within the setting of D&AD Judging.

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Tim Lindsay, Chief Executive, D&AD, commented, “We’ve always taken great pride in our judging events. Each year, it’s Judging Week that is the true highlight of the D&AD calendar – both for ourselves and the creatives who join us from all over the world to judge the work.

“But most importantly, we’re making this celebration of creativity available to all. Anyone can come down and explore the work; anyone can come down and listen to an array of extremely talented people and hear what really goes on behind those jury doors. At its heart, D&AD is about sharing, collaboration and inspiration – and that’s exactly what we’re looking to do by creating this Judging Week event,” he added.

Further events at Judging Week include behind-the-scenes tours and public exhibitions of all the shortlisted work from the new D&AD Next Director and Next Photographer Awards, showcasing some of the best emerging industry talent.

D&AD’s long-running President’s Lecture series will also return, with three new talks from three creatives – Dougal Wilson, a director of commercials and music videos; Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani; and Neil Harbisson, a Catalan-raised, British-born contemporary artist.

The branding and identity for D&AD Judging Week 2015 is being developed by Manchester-based creative studio The Oldham Goddard Experience and will feature illustration from Marion Deuchars.

Eric Kallman, Harriet Devoy, Kate Stanners and Rei Inamoto are among the leading creatives judging this year’s Awards.

The 2015 Professional Awards Ceremony will return to Battersea Evolution, London on Thursday, May 21.

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