Categories - 2015 Awards

Arts Producer

With fewer pots of funding available these individuals are even more under pressure to be driven, creative and on-the-ball when trying to finance and develop innovative projects. A multi-skilled role, he or she negotiates, shapes, plans, champions and advises during their role as 'cultural entrepreneurs'. This award will celebrate the oft-unsung heroes of the projects be it theatre, dance, events, literature, fine art or new media.

Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation

We are delighted to embark on our second year of this exciting award which is supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation. Mixing cutting edge technologies, scientific explorations alongside skilled craftsmen and designers, we know the award will again attract a wide range of individuals involved in materials innovation at any stage of the lifecycle including but not limited to the development of a new material, to new processes of finishing/manufacturing or reprocessing of an existing material, recycling, logistics, retail and distribution.

Choral Conducting

According to Making Music there are now more than 25,000 choirs in the UK. With the public's interest in group singing reignited it felt the right time to embark on our first award for choral conducting. Applicants, who might conduct amateur or professional choirs or both, can come from any area of the musical spectrum although conducting must represent the main focus of their artistic endeavour at the present time.

Spoken Word

The scene has changed a lot for Spoken Word artists since 2006 when the Arts Foundation awarded the first substantial award ever in this field. With the advent of U-Tube suddenly the performances could be disseminated and documented - some poets even attracted advertising to their sites for needed revenue. Its increase in popularity has been mirrored on the live scene with Spoken Word nights being the rule rather than the exception in most cities and towns across the UK. The shortlist for this award performed at the Purcell Rooms, South Bank, London on the 28th January 2015 to a sellout crowd.

Art in the Elements supported by Yoma Sasburg

The fine art award embarks this year on the first of three new awards for fine art made possible by the Yoma Sasburg Estate. This year the award is Art In The Elements and will incorporate artists who make objects, interventions and installations outdoors. 2016 and 2017 will be Art In Urban Space and Art in Architecture respectively.

Video & Digital for Performance supported by the Lionel Bart Foundation

A new art form for us and the Lionel Bart Foundation who supports an award in Theatre annually. The award will incorporate individuals creating or working with video or other digital medium for live performance including theatre, dance, live performance art, or music performance. This includes individuals creatively thinking about digital activities which form the core of their practice.


Arts Producer

Tania Harrison : Head of Arts and Comedy, Festival Republic
Jill Shelley, Producer ; Barbican, London
John Kieffer : Independent Arts Consultant

Materials Innovation

Jasper Conran : Designer
Scarlett Oliver : Designer and member of The Clothworkers' Foundation
Professor John Miles, Head of Fashion & Textiles, Bath Spa

Choral Conducting

Ralph Allwood MBE: Conductor
Bob Chilcott : Composer and Conductor
Cecilia McDowall: Composer

Spoken Word

Neneh Cherry : Composer, singer, musician
Mark Grist : Poet
Don Paterson OBE : Poet, writer and musician

Art In The Elements

Chris Drury : Artist
Helen Pheby PhD : Senior Curator, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Dr Veronica Sekules : Head of Education and Research, Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts

Design for Performance : Video & Digital

Clare Donald : Head of Operations. Google Creative Lab
Andrew Lavender :Professor of Theatre & Performance, Head of the School of Arts, University of Surrey
Ghislaine Boddington : Artist researcher, dramaturge, curator director of Body>Data>Space