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31/10/2017

News release - Issued by Make It York

York Culture Awards 2017 Finalists Revealed

Finalists for the second annual York Culture Awards have been revealed today and are set to raise the bar of the cultural scene in York. Taking place in the North Transept on 23 November at York Minster, York Culture Awards were created to celebrate excellence in the city’s arts and culture sector. Over seventy entries were received for the awards and the panel of independent judges has now whittled this down to 36 finalists.

Best Community Project or Event – sponsored by York St John University

Everything Is Possible: The York Suffragettes by York Theatre Royal and Pilot Theatre
York Community Choir Festival
York River Art Market

Excellence in Cultural Education – sponsored by Yorkshire Ventures

The Mount School York
Park Grove Primary Academy
York Jazz Initiative

Excellence in Cultural Equality & Diversity – sponsored by Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Acting Up! Youth Theatre by Riding Lights Theatre Company
Out of Character Theatre Company
Show Me That I Matter by City of York Council

Best Cultural Event or Festival – sponsored by First Group

Big City Read (“Regeneration” by Pat Barker)
SLAP (Salacious Live Alternative Performance) Weekender Festival
York Early Music Festival
York Festival of Ideas
York Pride

Best Cultural Partnership – sponsored by Viridian FX

Those Magic Beans & York Barbican
York St John University & illuminating York
York Theatre Royal & York Castle Museum

Excellence in Media Arts – sponsored by University of York

ColliderCase by Bright White
River Poems by Jake Attree, Robert Powell & Ben Pugh
The Flood by Orillo Films
VikingVR by DC Labs & York Museums Trust

Best Performing Artist – sponsored by The Rise, Restaurant, Terrace & Bar

Hyde Family Jam
Joshua Burnell
Katie Greenbrown

Best Production – sponsored by Hungate York Regeneration

Dr Dolittle by NE Musicals York
The Great Gatsby by Alex Wright
Turandot by York Opera

Best Visual Artist – sponsored by Lotte Inch Gallery

Bridget Bernadette Karn
Emily Sutton
Susan Aldworth

Excellence in Writing – sponsored by Red Publications

The Boy Who Went Magic by A P Winter
Flying High! By Anneliese Emmans Dean
News from Nowhere by Jane Austin

Rising Star – sponsored by Redrow

David Law
Herve Ishimwe Ntwali
Kitty Rowe

Cultural Champion (to be revealed at the awards) – Sponsored by Make It York

Award-winning York born author Andrew Martin is patron of the awards this year which celebrate excellence in the arts and cultural sector and reward outstanding innovation, creativity and quality.

Martin, said: “The shortlist shows the richness and diversity of talent in York. It throws a spotlight on so many of the city’s talented artists, makers and performers, and will I hope bring them to wider notice. Of course, they are all passionate about their particular field of work, but creativity needs recognition and encouragement to be sustained, and that is the real value of the York Culture Awards.”

Jane Lady Gibson, Chair, Make It York, said: “It’s great to see the shortlist of fantastic organisations and productions which reminds us all what a brilliant cultural year we have had in York. This year I have had some truly memorable creative experiences and the York Culture Awards not only revisits those memories but rewards those individuals and communities who have made them happen. Producing this amount of rich cultural experience is thousands of hours of work from professionals and volunteers and the York Culture Awards recognises both the skills and hard graft. Only two years in, the Culture Awards are attracting a really wide range of organisations who are judged by the Panel on a level playing field which gives everyone in York the chance to shine.”

There are twelve Awards for the taking, including: Best Community Project or Event, Excellence in Cultural Education, Excellence in Cultural Equality and Diversity, Best Cultural Event or Festival, Best Culture Partnership, Excellence in Media Arts, Best Performing Artist, Best Production, Best Visual Artist, Excellence in Writing, Rising Star and Cultural Champion.

York Minster will be creating bespoke trophies made from reclaimed 14th century timber from the South Transept, carved specially for the twelve winners. A special dance performance will be created too by York Youth Dance group, choreographed by Drew Wintie-Hawkins, Director of York Dance Space at Tang Hall.

Winners of the awards will be chosen by an independent panel including, Professor Chris Bailey, York St John University, Dr Fiona Thompson, York St John University, Colin Jackson, Owner, Creative Learning Partnerships, Charles Hutchinson, Arts Editor, The Press, Dr Damian Murphy, Reader in Audio and Music Technology, Marcia Mackey, Director, The Arts Barge Project, Roger Lee, Director, York Festival Trust, Rose Kent, Creative Director, Accessible Arts & Media and Tom Higham, Creative Director, York Mediale.

ENDS


Notes to editors:

Finalists

Best Community Project or Event – sponsored by York St John University

The finalists are:

Everything Is Possible: The York Suffragettes by York Theatre Royal and Pilot Theatre
Co-produced by York Theatre Royal and Pilot Theatre, ‘Everything Is Possible’ was a community project in Summer 2017 (20 June – 1 July). Based on the true story of the York Suffragettes, it had a cast of 120 actors, 60-piece choir and tens of backstage volunteers, all of whom were from the York community. Over 7,000 people saw the show.

York Community Choir Festival 2017
Held at Joseph Rowntree Theatre from March 29 – April 1, 2017, the York Community Choir Festival saw 20 choirs (450 voices) perform over 5 concerts and was attended by over 1,400 people of all ages. The event was gave wider exposure of community choirs to the general public and allowed choirs to perform in a full scale theatrical environment.

York River Art Market
The York River Art Market took place over 8 Saturdays during Summer 2017. Artists travelled from all over Yorkshire to exhibit their works along the railings on Dame Judi Dench Walk and 20-30 artists were on display each Saturday. Visitors came from far and wide to buy the work of these local artists.

Excellence in Cultural Education – sponsored by Yorkshire Ventures

The finalists are:

The Mount School York
The Mount’s programme ‘turning STEM into STEAM’ incorporates the Creative Arts into STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) education. The resulting activities of this programme were outstanding and showed how the Creative Arts programmes and STEM programmes can equally benefit each other.

Park Grove Primary Academy
Park Grove Primary Academy uses a variety of programmes to promote their school vision of ‘[e]mpowering children through creative learning’ and their core value of creativity. The Creative Arts are integrated within teaching and learning, including through Theatre Royal projects, Forest School, Minster Choral Projects as well as STEM week.

York Jazz Initiative
York Jazz Initiative was created to help musicians of any age develop and improve their musical, technical and performance skills. Working with nationally recognised jazz players and educators, they are able to work at their own level on ensemble technique and improvisation. They also have a programme of regular performances which helps develop students' confidence.

Excellence in Cultural Equality & Diversity – sponsored by Joseph Rowntree Foundation

The finalists are:

Acting Up! Youth Theatre by Riding Lights Theatre Company
Acting Up! Youth Theatre is a part of the Riding Lights Theatre Company. It is a weekly two hour drama session for 14-18 year olds with additional needs or disabilities (which range from Aspergers, ASD and Autism, Down’s Syndrome and Dyspraxia). Courses include developing theatre skills through performing Shakespeare, introduction to puppetry and seeing a professional play on living with dementia.

Out of Character Theatre Company
Out of Character is an innovative theatre company making a positive difference to the lives of people who use mental health services in York. Currently, there are 19 members of the company, fourteen of whom have lived with or experience of mental health problems. The company performed ‘Objects of Terror’ at York Theatre Royal in 2017 working with a professional writer and a Theatre Royal professional director.

Show Me That I Matter by City of York Council
Show Me That I Matter is an Aspire to More project and is York’s Children in Care Council. The group consists of young people aged between 13 and 19 who represent and advocate on behalf of all children and young people in care. The panel works with elected members and senior managers to challenge, praise, change and improve services. They also have a role in challenging the stigma and stereotype of children in care and care leavers, challenging discrimination and promoting equality for children in care and care leavers.

Best Cultural Event or Festival – sponsored by First Group

The finalists are:

Big City Read 2016
The Big City Read is an annual event where Explore York Libraries distribute 5,000 free copies of a book and invite the people of York to read it and participate in various events and activities around the book’s themes. In 2016 Pat Barker’s ‘Regeneration’ was chosen to commemorate the centenary of the First World War in York. There were 130+ events (including author talks, craft activities, mental health information sessions, film screenings and children’s storytimes), which were attended by 2,800 (including 200 children).

SLAP (Salacious Live Alternative Performance) Weekender Festival
SLAP curated a series of performance events in York in September (21-23) 2017. The work presented was by local, regional and national artists and was performed in 8 venues across York (including outside public spaces, the Crescent Community Venue and York Theatre Royal). The performances included a community women’s workshop series that culminated in a street event, a queer cabaret night, one on one performances and studio based events by nationally acclaimed artists.

York Early Music Festival
York Early Music Festival 2017 celebrated the 40th anniversary of this internationally acclaimed event, bringing together 30 events in 9 days. 5,000 people attended the Festival and over 1 million people listened to it thanks to partnerships with BBC Radio 3 and the National Centre for Early Music live streaming. The Festival intertwines the music of the past, played by world-class musicians of today, with carefully chosen historic churches, guildhalls and concert spaces across the City.

York Festival of Ideas
York Festival of Ideas (5-17 June 2017) exemplified the diverse culture of York by delivering 186 mostly free events in a variety of accessible formats including talks, exhibitions, plays, concerts, tours and workshops. It was held across 53 venues to just over 32,000 people. Festival podcasts generated 13,000 downloads and BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers’ launch night reached 140,000 listeners over five nights.

York Pride
York PRIDE is a community event that takes place in June each year. Free to attend, it involves a parade from York Minster (led by the Pride bus) followed by a “party” on the Knavesmire. It is estimated at least 19,000 people entered the Knavesmire following the Pride bus. The programme gives the opportunity for the city to share the event and showcase LGBTQI+ performers and culture in a positive spectacle of entertainment.

Best Cultural Partnership – sponsored by Viridian FX

The finalists are:

Those Magic Beans & York Barbican
This partnership delivers a fully funded schools education programme based around the history and traditions of pantomime. Both primary and secondary schools were engaged and have been given access to practical training with industry professionals throughout the year. The objectives were to provide exciting drama activities to young people, to raise awareness of the history and traditions of a unique British artform, and to contribute to the future audience development for live entertainment in York and the wider area.

York St John University & illuminating York
York St John University worked with the planning team behind illuminating York to host a show-stopping light installation by artist David Ogle for the October 2016 event. While York St John has been a long-standing sponsor of illuminating York, this was the first time the partnership was developed to include the city’s oldest academic institution as a prominent venue. Visitors were welcomed to the university’s historic quad with music, art and theatre performed by students in addition to the inspiring ‘Lumen’ display.
(please note illuminating York is taking a break in 2017)

York Theatre Royal & York Castle Museum
York Theatre Royal partnered with York Castle Museum on a collaborative new writing theatre project for YTR’s 14-16’s youth theatre groups. The commissioned play, ‘Forward to Victory’ by Rachel Barnett, was inspired by the Museum’s First World War gallery and research the curatorial team had done into the city’s First World War stories. It was performed on Kirkgate, York Castle Museum’s recreated Victorian Street from March 30 – April 1.

Excellence in Media Arts – sponsored by University of York

The finalists are:

ColliderCase by Bright White
Bright White has created a variety of projects within the media arts field, including: The Forever Project (for The National Holocaust Centre, it created a modern archive of 200 hours of 3D/4K recordings with survivors), Ask the Archives (a creative partnership with the BBC to explore and pilot the ability to access archive footage in a highly innovative and engaging way), The Battle of Bannockburn (digital interpretation centre involving the world’s first Multiplayer Cooperative Gaming), and the ColliderCase (a technology enables objects and digital media to share the same space). Bright White’s application of Augmented Reality in ColliderCase blurs the boundaries between the real and the imagined, the past, present, and the future

River Poems by Jake Attree, Robert Powell & Ben Pugh
Attree (artist), Powell (poet), and Pugh (film-maker) worked together to produce ‘River Poems’. This series included an artist’s book (‘A Small Box of River’), an exhibition (‘A Small Box of River’) and a film (‘The River Speaks’). ‘The River Speaks’ is a 15-minute film written by Powell, with drawings by Attree and film production and direction by Pugh. This series was inspired by the rivers Ouse and Foss and came about from a desire to combine the written word with other forms of imaginative expression through creative collaboration.

The Floor by Orillo Films
Shot in Bermuda in April 2017 (over 8 days), this film for Panerai was inspired by the sheer dedication, determination and drive that the America’s Cup athletes have for their sport and how Panerai shares these qualities when it comes to luxury watch design. Using the sailors themselves as the characters and for the voiceover, Orillo set out to create a film that was truly inspirational to anyone watching.

VikingVR by DC Labs & York Museums Trust
VikingVR is the first output of a rapidly developing collaboration between Digital Creativity Labs (DC Labs) at the University of York and York Museums Trust. The team (consisting of researchers and practitioners from both institutions) worked together to produce a bespoke VR interactive for the British Museum/York Museums Trust exhibition ‘Viking: Rediscover the Legend’. This exhibition is one of the first globally to integrate VR as a core part of the exhibition experience. Initial visitor feedback has demonstrated the popularity of the technology and has shown that VR can have a transformative influence on people’s perceptions of the past.

Best Performing Artist – sponsored by The Rise, Restaurant, Terrace & Bar

The finalists are:

Hyde Family Jam
Hyde Family Jam are street performers (buskers) in the city centre of York. The group is made up of Ben Crosthwaite, Kai West, Rupert Engledow and Sam Griffiths, who use the traditional folk line up of guitar, double bass, violin and accordion to subvert everything from Kung Fu Fighting to Disney. Starting as a 4 piece in 2014, the band has busked up and down the country on the streets, at weddings, in pubs and at corporate events.

Joshua Burnell
Joshua Burnell and his 6-piece band have been playing at festivals and other venues around Britain and in France for the last two years to great critical success. Highlights this year have included the City Of York Folk Weekend, Beverley Folk Festival, Black Swan Folk Club and Les Pyroconcerts de Talloires in the French Alps. Joshua has also started the ambitious ‘Seasons’ project, in which he aims to arrange, record and release online a folk song every week this year, with a view to CD release in 2018.

Katie Greenbrown
Katie Greenbrown is a freelance writer who has performed poetry at SayOwt, Unplugged, NY Ball, Words & Whippets, Finding the Words, Pechakucha, PlayOwt and Nerd Punk (at the Edinburgh Fringe). Katie’s performances are inspired by a desire to take poetry off the page and deliver it directly to an audience, showing how energising, accessible and enjoyable poetry can be when performed live with originality, authenticity and care.

Best Production – sponsored by Hungate York Regeneration

The finalists are:

Dr Dolittle by NE Musicals York
Dr Dolittle was performed by NE Musicals York at Joseph Rowntree Theatre from 26-29 April 2017. Involving a cast of over 40 (made up of actual families), the creative use of projection, meticulous animal characterisation, fantastic costumes and a collaboration with Tech 24 from Leeds (to facilitate seamless movement between stage and screen) brought the fantasy of Dr Dolittle to life.

The Great Gatsby by Alex Wright
Alex Wright (writer and director) worked with 41 Monkgate to create The Great Gatsby, a completely unique and immersive production (running from 1 December 2016 to 7 January 2017). The concept was that you were invited to Jay Gatsby’s house, audience arrived dressed in 1920s gear and followed characters around a whole building decked out as Gatsby’s rooms, discovering intimate moments of the storyline. Audiences were then brought back to the central atrium of the building to watch scenes, learn to Charleston and join in with the party.

Turandot by York Opera
The York Opera’s 50th anniversary production was Puccini’s ‘Turandot’, performed at the York Theatre Royal from 8-12 November 2016. Chosen to mark York Opera’s golden anniversary, ‘Turandot’ encapsulated the society’s tradition of performing top quality opera that can be enjoyed by as many people as possible. The Musical Director was Alasdair Jamieson and the Director Clive Marshall.

Best Visual Artist – sponsored by Lotte Inch Gallery

The finalists are:

Bridget Bernadette Karn
Bridget Bernadette Karn runs a felt picture making business, exhibiting and teaching her skills in workshops. Her felt pictures have been exhibited locally and nationally, including at The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2016. The video of her making ‘Glorious in Defeat’ in January 2017, has been viewed over 29 thousand times and brought felt picture making enthusiasts to York for her workshops and exhibitions.

Emily Sutton
Emily works as an illustrator and has had sell-out exhibitions across the UK, including a solo show at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. In the last 12 months she has designed the new Christmas range for Betty’s, worked with a Japanese design company to produce new tableware and homeware, designed endless greetings cards, calendars, notecards, as well as having no less than four Children’s illustrated books published.

Susan Aldworth
Susan Aldworth is an experimental printmaker and video artist interested in questions of human identity. Aldworth has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and her work is held in many public collections including the V&A, British Museum, Fitzwilliam Museum and Wellcome Collection. ‘The Dark Self’ was a major new exhibition shown at York St Mary’s, Castlegate from 7 June – 3 September 2017. Made during her Artist’s Residency at the University of York, the exhibition is a multi-media meditation on sleep.

Excellence in Writing – sponsored by Red Publications

The finalists are:

The Boy Who Went Magic by A P Winter
A P Winter is a York-based writer and ‘The Boy Who Went Magic’ is his debut children’s novel (Chicken House, June 2017). It is an adventure story about a boy named Bert who joins a group of pirates to stop an evil prince from claiming a mysterious magic artefact. It featured prominently in the window display of York Waterstones as one of its books of the month, and has received widespread acclaim.

Flying High! By Anneliese Emmans Dean
Flying High! Discover the poetry in British birds (Brambleby Books, June 2017) is Anneliese Emmans Deans second book. Its the companion volume to her award-winning Buzzing! Discover the poetry in garden minibeasts, which was shortlisted for the Royal Society Young Peoples Book Prize and won the NS Teachers Book Award for Poetry. Both books straddle the poetry/science divide, being colourful cocktails of edu-taining rhyming poems, solid science and fabulous photos. Anneliese has appeared at literature and science festivals nationwide, including Hay, and on BBC Radios 2, 4 and York.

News from Nowhere by Jane Austin
Jane Austin’s debut First World War historical novel, ‘News From Nowhere’ (Cinnamon, 2017), gained wide critical acclaim and tells the story of Bronwyn, the daughter left at home when her father and brothers leave for the Western Front. The book is a magisterial variant of the ‘historical non-fiction’ genre, distinguished by the creation of Bronwyn, an entirely fictional character. Clever use of real letters from family archives intercut with recreated scenes and imagined dialogue brings a rare truth to this story of everyday heroes; men in the trenches, women left at home.

Rising Star – sponsored by Redrow

The finalists are:

David Law
York College Art & Design student, David Law, made a lasting impression whilst on a work placement at Hotel Indigo in York, by creating a large scale mural, depicting the city of York, for the enjoyment of hotel guests and visitors. David is a conscientious, highly talented young artist who has shown great commitment to all his projects. He worked consistently long hours on this live project, over the four weeks at the Indigo Hotel, painting a truly amazing mural that incorporates many interesting images of the City of York, both in its historical and contemporary contexts.

Herve Ishimwe Ntwali
Herve Ishimwe Ntwali is an expert illustrator and animator and has led as a young artist in a number of New Visuality projects, including Art Camp; Creative Camp; artist at ADAM (Acomb Dance Art Music) festival, and Blueberry Academy sessions. His work has been included at According to McGee exhibitions, exhibitions on Bishopthorpe Road, Fossgate Social displays, Acomb’s ADAM Festival, and illuminating York, via projections of his animations through transparent screens in Tower Street windows. A refugee from Rwanda, Herve has played a crucial part in imparting skills to a wide range of learners and has helped lead to over 50 Arts Awards for young people.

Kitty Rowe
Kitty Rowe is musician who has regularly been playing in and around the York area. She has organised a variety of her own shows as well as playing at other people’s shows and has released a number of live videos to her YouTube channel. Earlier this year she organised a charity busking event in St. Helen’s Square, York that included a huge number of local musicians. The event that lasted an entire day and raised over £1,200 for local victims of the Manchester bombing.

ENDS


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