Claire won the Woman in the Arts category at the awards ceremony which recognises women who do extraordinary things in the worlds of art, business, education and the family.
She was nominated for her portfolio of projects that collaborate with the creative industries and communities in the city, including the Creating Balance project – a year-long collaboration between the Portsmouth-based British lamp designer Anglepoise®, the University of Portsmouth and community group, Strong Island.
Simon Terry, the Innovation and Brand Director for Anglepoise, nominated Claire for the award.
She said: “It was a lovely surprise to be nominated and came totally out of the blue. It’s wonderful to have recognition for the numerous projects I’ve undertaken over the years. I felt very honoured to be one of the winners among many amazing women – some of whom had overcome incredible odds and challenges to succeed.”
Claire has recently been involved with Creative Cargo, a project which saw some of the best work of local creative people being sent abroad and to cities in the UK in 10 old fashioned steamer trunks.
She has also worked on other collaborations including Love Your Bike Portsmouth, Southsea Deck Your Chairs, the Round Tower exhibition and the Creative Portsmouth book.
“Promotion of Portsmouth’s creative sector has been my main aim over the years. Trying to emphasise the talent we have in the city and using this to enable more creative people to come and set up in businesses including our graduates” says Claire. “Key to this is building the right environment for the creative sector to thrive – the quality of building design and heritage, location and offer has to be right.”
Catherine Harper, Dean of the Creative and Cultural Industries faculty, said: “I’m tremendously proud of Claire’s achievements. She has worked hard on countless collaborations which have had a major impact on the city and its creative successes.”
The awards are sponsored by businesswoman Rachel Lowe from She Who Dares, a University of Portsmouth alumna who devised the Destination series of board games while still a student.
As well as Claire’s win, it was noticed that BA (Hons) Fashion and Textiles alumna Adel Kaseke won the Woman in Fashion category. Adel graduated from the University of Portsmouth. See her website here.
Congratulations to both ladies for their recognition to the Arts.
See here for a full list of the winners