The winners of this year’s Oram Awards have been announced. The six UK-based winners are Cecilia Morgan (aka afromerm), Hannan Jones, Geo Aghinea, Helen Anahita Wilson, Charlotte Joseph (aka No Home) and Natalie Roe. Joining them are two international awardees, VIKTORIA (aka rEmPiT g0dDe$$), who splits her time between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, and Jerusalem-based Palestinian Maya Al Khaldi.
Named after BBC Radiophonic Workshop co-founder Daphne Oram, the awards “celebrate women, trans, non-binary and gender expansive artists who are pushing the envelope of creativity in sound, music and related technology”. It is now in its seventh year and each winner receives a bursary and access to a six month mentoring programme.
“This year we had 30 incredible shortlisted applications”, says Oram Awards co-director Karen Sutton. “It’s always a joy listening to and discovering so many talented artists. The hardest part is deciding on only eight winners. After seven years, I really hope this is a turning point for the programme and that with more financial support we will be able to support more artists and the wider community in the future”.
“We are very proud that the Orams has become such an important award in this field and that its recognition and support transforms the careers of creatives who are breaking artistic boundaries but there is so much more work to be done”, she adds.
The awards ceremony will take place at King’s Place in London on 19 Nov. There will also be workshops and panel discussions during the day, as well as live performances from a selection of the winners in the evening. Find out more here.