THE Journal’s annual Culture Awards provide a showcase not just for 15 award-winners, but for one award-maker.
Each year the winners in each category get a framed certificate and a specially-commissioned artwork from a North East artist or craft maker.
Invariably this is something beautifully-made and lovely to look at, as well as being something which reflects the wealth of creative talent in the region.
Today we put out a call to North East artists to follow in the footsteps of William Pym, Christine Constant, Julia Roxburgh, Bridget Jones and Anja Percival whose wonderful and unique ‘trophies’ have graced previous Culture Awards ceremonies.
William Pym’s elaborate metalwork mementos were received by the winners of the Culture Awards for 2006 and 2007.
Ceramicists Christine Constant and Julia Roxburgh provided beautiful and distinctive pieces for the 2008 and 2009 winners respectively, glass artist and print-maker Bridget Jones made a print for the 2010 winners and Durham print-maker Anja Percival did the honours for the 2011 winners who were honoured at last year’s awards ceremony at the Gala Theatre in Durham.
The brief for artists this year, as ever, is to create a bespoke design to use as the main award to be presented to the winners of the 2012 Culture Awards at a special ceremony in April.
Awards will be presented in the following categories:
:: Visual Artist of the Year
:: Performance of the Year
:: Performing Artist of the Year
:: Newcomer of the Year
:: Writer of the Year
:: Renaissance North East: Museum Award (recognising a special or innovative museum project)
:: Arts Council Award (for a truly excellent piece of work)
:: Best Arts & Business Partnership
:: Best Event Tyneside
:: Best Event Northumberland
:: Best Event Sunderland
:: Best Event Durham
:: Best Event Teesside
:: Best Overall Event (selected from the five sub-regional event winners)
:: Special Contribution to Arts and Culture in the North East.
Any artist wishing to submit a proposal must do so by midnight on Wednesday, February 20.
For any further information, please contact Ashleigh Smithson on 0191 2016 092 or email email@example.com