Sights set on business awards
PUBLISHED: 17:04 17 March 2008 | UPDATED: 10:01 11 August 2010
A COMMUNITY-spirited artist has set his sights on winning Business Person of the Year with his interactive arts projects. Ray Eden, of Beccles Road, Barking, entered the Barking and Dagenham Business Awards in the hope of gaining recognition for this un
A COMMUNITY-spirited artist has set his sights on winning Business Person of the Year with his interactive arts projects.
Ray Eden, of Beccles Road, Barking, entered the Barking and Dagenham Business Awards in the hope of gaining recognition for this unconventional form of artwork.
Launched in February by Barking and Dagenham Enterprise, the awards will celebrate the most pioneering, market drive and successful businesses in the borough.
Ray's business, which has been growing since he moved to Barking three years ago, is one of the UK's leading interactive community arts companies.
In layman's terms - this means that he encourages people to get their hands dirty.
Using large open spaces as their studio, Ray and his team create commissioned works of art, with the community joining in the creative process.
The idea behind it, Ray explained, is that people will be encouraged to return to see work that they helped to make.
He said: "People take part in the artwork we create, and it brings people back. Whether it's to a shopping centre or museum, they bring their families and friends to show it off."
When asked what winning the award would mean to him, Ray said: "Just the recognition of doing something different would be great.
"The people I get to work with are so exciting, and are happy to join in.
"Some of the work we do is serious art but a lot of it's for kids.
"Introducing people to art, especially young people, that's the buzz I get."
The business awards, the first ever in the borough, include seven categories - Best New Business, Retailer of the Year, Innovation, Growth Business of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Marketing Excellence, and Training and Development.
An eighth overall winner category entitled Business of the Year comes with a £3,000 cash prize.
Ray added: "With all our projects in the UK and Ireland our mission is that art should be accessible, enjoyable to all, and always fun.
"If I won the prize money I would invest it in future community art projects."
The awards ceremony is due to take place at Castle Green, Dagenham, on Tuesday, July 8. They are free to enter, and closing date is Thursday, May 1.
To receive an entry form call 020 8858 8889, or download it at boldanddynamic.co.uk/awards.