D&AD lifts the curtain on judging for expanded awards showcase

Entrants and members of the public can grill the D&AD Professional Awards judges next month for the first time as part of an expanded showcase.

D&AD: invites the public to grill the Professional Awards judges
D&AD: invites the public to grill the Professional Awards judges

Campaign is the media partner for D&AD Judging Week, which will be held at The Old Truman Brewery between 19-23 April and will culminate in a free public exhibition of the work where the awards judges will be on hand to discuss winners, losers and trends in a series of panel discussions.

This is the first time that D&AD has made the judges – which this year include Saatchi & Saatchi’s Kate Stanners and AKQA’s Rei Inamoto – of its professional awards available to be grilled by the public.

The long-running President’s Lecture series will also be held between 20-22 April and will this year include talks by the director, Dougal Wilson, and the photographer behind Benetton’s controversial ads, Oliviero Toscani.

Other events running during Judging Week include Wisdom, a three-day masterclass in managing the creative process, as well as fringe events being planned by creative agencies and companies around Brick Lane.

Tim Lindsay, the chief executive of D&AD, said: "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."