Big Art Mob scoops prizes
Big Art Mob has won the Media Guardian Innovation Awards and Royal Television Society Innovation Awards, as well as receiving three nominations at this year's BAFTAs.
The site, which gets the public involved in mapping and debating public art, was designed by Edition for Channel 4, with technical wizardry from Moblog:tech. Users can blog and send images of public art from their mobile phones.
The Royal Television Society judges praised the Big Art Mob for its inclusive approach to public art, describing it as "a creative project that encourages almost everyone to get involved ... a large-scale example of television production in your pocket. Anyone can become a contributor or commentator, as long as they've got a mobile camera phone."
The RTS award was accepted by Channel 4 New Media Commissioner Adam Gee, at a ceremony hosted by Peter and Dan Snow at BAFTA in London. Also on stage to collect the award were Alfie Dennen of Moblog:tech and Clifford Singer of Edition.
Adam Gee said: "This is a fantastic present for Channel 4 in the week of its 25th birthday. Partnership has been in the DNA of the Channel from its first day and I'd like to thank our fabulous partners at Moblog:tech, Edition and Carbon Media for their outstanding work on the Big Art Mob – and for making it such a fun project to work on. You can sense that in every pixel on the screen."