What people say about The Shelf Awards

  • “The Shelf offered me the platform I needed to showcase my work and meet influential figures within the industry. One of the guests on the night noticed my talent and asked me in for a placement. What started as a two week unpaid placement in November, escalated into a job. I am now happily employed in a very difficult financial time, and incredibly grateful to be here. If it wasn’t for opportunities like The Shelf, I probably wouldn’t be.” 
    Tori Fannon, participant in The Shelf Awards 2009, now Art Director, RAPP
  • “The Shelf Awards is a great way to get young talent inspired and make those important first connections in the industry.”
    Ian Haworth, Global Chief Creative Officer, Rapp
  • “To have the six best graduate creative teams in one room is a dream for Creative Directors. For the graduate teams having 200 industry contacts all to themselves is priceless. For everyone in the industry The Shelf Awards are invaluable. Here’s to another 10 years.”
    Rachel Gott, Director and Recruiter, apple & ink
  • “For 10 years The Shelf has offered students the fantastic opportunity of showcasing their work to London’s top integrated agencies. Thank you, Gary.”
    Julie Wright, Course Leader, Bucks New University
  • Ten years of The Shelf? Ten years of seeing work from the best young talent around. Ten years of talking to people who want to be the best in this business. Ten years of seeing passion and commitment from students. Ten years of meeting other creative directors on the night and saying ‘not much here this year, is there?’ whilst secretly jealous of the undoubted talent in front of us and wanting to steal the best of the best. Ten years of seeing people I haven’t seen in years and clinking bottles of cold Becks. Ten years of prodigious placements. A damn good ten years. Here’s to the next ten.
    Steve Stretton, Creative Partner Archibald Ingall Stretton & long term supporter of The Shelf Awards
  • “The Shelf is about offering the young talent a little support to help them on their way. After all what is a shelf? It’s simply a platform.”
    Gary Sharpen, Founder of The Shelf