WINNER: Temenos and Anish Kapoor Exhibition at mima
THE long-awaited launch of Temenos, a giant artwork designed by world-renowned duo artist Anish Kapoor and structural designer Cecil Balmond did nothing to disappoint.
The £2.7m artwork, which was built by Balfour Beatty, and drapes the skyline around Middlesbrough’s Middlehaven regeneration area, was unveiled in June, towering 164ft above the ground (fthat’s 99ft higher than the Angel of the North).
The official welcome for Temenos came just a few weeks after the duo had been chosen to design the centrepiece for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Leanne English, from Tees Valley Unlimited said: “The Temenos launch and Anish Kapoor’s exhibition were two of the highlights for Middlesbrough and the North East in 2010 and it’s fantastic to see them recognised by the Culture Awards. Both projects received great acclaim nationally and widespread public support.”
FINALIST: Stockton Riverside Fringe Festival
TWENTY years on and the Stockton Riverside Fringe was powering on strong.
In 2010 those at the Tees Music Alliance, which puts together the Fringe offering, secured the services of the King of Electropop himself, Calvin Harris, who headlined the Saturday night event.
Meanwhile, 80s legend the Human League, plus the Lightning Seeds, Mercury Rev, up-and-coming act Goldheart Assembly, John Power of The La's and Cast, Justin Currie of Del Amitri fame and Mercury Music nominees British Sea Power were also recruited to contribute to the event's musical quota.
Meanwhile the comedy tent played host to South Shields's star stand-up Sarah Millican, Ivan Brackenbury, Paul Sinha, Mitch Benn and Jason Cook who were delighted to warm up their shows for another Fringe in Edinburgh.
FINALIST: Apples @ Empire, Middlesbrough
THE stage adaptation of Teesside author, Richard Milward’s much- acclaimed debut, Apples, created a buzz, which was doubtless heightened by the fact that the premiere would take place in the nightclub in which some of the hard-hitting action was set.
Written when he was just 19, Apples explores the harsh realities of life facing half a dozen 15-year-olds on Teesside.
The play, which captured the book’s energy and honesty thanks to its compelling young cast, went on to have successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and Northern Stage, Newcastle.
Ashley Wem, managing director of the Empire, said: "The last year has seen the Empire develop into one of the main entertainment venues in the North East and with many more live gigs and another fantastic play planned for April we are very excited about our programme."