From authors to artists, we asked you to nominate the hottest names to look out for in the field of music, art and culture in the i-on Breakthrough Awards 2017 and here’s the shortlist. Remember, you've only got until Monday 10 July 2017 to vote for your favourite so do it now. You'll be entered into a prize draw to win a magnum of Brut Reserve Taittinger Champagne, courtesy of VinoWines, for the privilege.
Callum grew up listening to the likes of Rod Stewart and Elton John. Inspired to pick up a guitar, he started writing his own songs and cut his teeth in the Edinburgh gigging circuit, regularly playing bars such as the Loch Inn before he got his big break. His EP, We Are Stars, is out now.
Classical singer Ciara has come a long way since she first recorded herself on her dad’s phone because she was too shy to perform in front of anyone. She now sings at the Edinburgh Festival. Her aim is to attract a new audience to classical music, adding her own modern edge to the genre.
After studying textile design at Gray’s School of Art, Emma began to experiment with found materials in her mother’s garden shed where she created her first collection of colourful concrete vessels. A year later and she’s continuing to develop the process from the comfort of her studio in Edinburgh, with a range of homeware products including art objects, clocks, lamps and tables to her name.
Fiona McCrindle of Edinburgh Drawing School
After witnessing the decline in observational drawing in Scottish art colleges, artist and gallery director Fiona McCrindle decided to found Edinburgh Drawing School. Fiona and her team of tutors now provide a range of courses for adults and children interested in learning or developing their skills in drawing, painting and design.
Glasgow author Gail Honeyman wrote her debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, aged 40. Whilst working in an administrative role in higher education she signed up for an evening course in creative writing, which was the first time she'd ever shown anyone her work. Her book is now being sold in almost 30 territories around the world.
Matthew Hardy of Scottish Chamber Orchestra
At the age of 25, Matthew became the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s Principal Percussion. He is also a passionate teacher and currently works with some of the UK’s finest young percussionists, nurturing their talent. In addition, he also works with SCO Connect, curating an array of projects for people of all ages, as well as delivering Master classes at the University of St Andrews.
The self-taught photographer started shooting at the age of 18, capturing moments from his travels and sharing images on social media. He has since completed a seven-month photography internship in Copenhagen with major fashion label, Norse Projects, and worked with the likes of Talisker Whisky and HSBC. His book, Wild Guide Scotland - a compendium of outdoor adventures, local artisanal food and inspiring places to stay -was released in May 2017.