This year’s awards for the Reading Cultural Awards were designed by Stuart Melrose. The theme for this year was Reading Abbey. He decided to base the awards on the archways that were used when the Abbey was built, after having researched the building and visual references from those times. The archways which inspired Melrose can still be seen in the inner gatehouse on Abbey Walk.
The awards were produced with the most recent form of 3D printing. Due to this technique being so new, there are still issues with the process. Even small issues can cause huge problems with the print which is why Stuart Melrose lost about 50 hours of manufacturing time repairing time not included. He affectionately called the broken pieces his “own Abbey Ruins”.
Stuart Melrose made 13 trophies that were presented on the 27th June.