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Norfolk’s stars of the arts need to win your votes

18:51 25 August 2015

GoGoDragons! Duelling Dragons unveiled at Riverside, Norwich.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

GoGoDragons! Duelling Dragons unveiled at Riverside, Norwich. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2015

From inspiring artists and teachers to vibrant venues putting on a fabulous variety of entertainment – a great array of stars of the Norfolk arts scene have been nominated for our EDP People’s Choice Awards.

The Voice Project's The Astronomy Choir at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2015. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLYThe Voice Project's The Astronomy Choir at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2015. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The three awards are part of the annual Norfolk Arts Awards ceremony – and today we are revealing the 10 finalists in each category.

Now it is time for you to vote for which individual, small organisation and large organisation should be presented with the 2015 accolades.

Norfolk Arts Awards founder Peter Beck said: “All the EDP People’s Choice Awards nominations this year are highly deserving. They are individuals, venues, arts groups and festivals that offer a diverse range of exciting, high quality and inclusive arts events, performances and workshops in the county.”

Voting opens today and closes on September 4. To vote, visit www.norfolkartsawards.com

EDP People's Choice Awards nominee - Frozen Light.EDP People's Choice Awards nominee - Frozen Light.

The final three in each category will be revealed in the EDP and the winners will be announced at the Norfolk Arts Awards at the Maddermarket Theatre on September 19.

The Norfolk Arts Awards is part of Hansells Hostry Festival.

Top 10 nominations for Best Individual (in no particular order)

Norwich Theatre Royal pantomime - Peter Pan. Kevin Kennedy as Captain Hook with Ruth Betteridge as Wendy Darling and John and Michael DarlingNorwich Theatre Royal pantomime - Peter Pan. Kevin Kennedy as Captain Hook with Ruth Betteridge as Wendy Darling and John and Michael Darling

Matt Reeve – a Freethorpe-based multimedia artist who designed three of the GoGoDragons!, illustrated the children’s book Norwich: City of Dragons, and is involved in many projects that aim to inspire children to be creative.

Alice Lee – a Norwich-based artist who also champions other artists’ work by curating exhibitions at places such as The Birdcage and doing voluntary work at Outpost. She has helped many artists with their first exhibition.

Tina Vallance – a Dereham-based dance teacher who runs Jaya Dance and inspires people with Bollywood and Bhangra Dance. She was one of last year’s EDP People’s Choice Awards winners.

Angela Sykes – the manager at Diss Corn Hall and a real champion of the arts venue which offers a varied programme.

EDP People's Choice Awards nominee - Lita Garcia.EDP People's Choice Awards nominee - Lita Garcia.

Mik Richardson – a Norwich-based artist who has been involved in an array of community art events across Norfolk, ranging from Norwich’s GoGoGorillas! and GoGoDragons! to decorating skips in Great Yarmouth.

Steve Forster – a Norwich-based PR expert and champion of the arts who promotes the Norfolk and Norwich Festival and an array of other organisations and acts including Norwich Arts Centre, The Voice Project, Odd Comic and Crude Apache. He is a previous EDP People’s Choice Awards winner.

Jennifer Hamilton – a coach and director who provides opportunities for young artists. Her work with The Yorke Trust – which is based in South Creake and aims to develop high quality music education in the community – is described as a labour of love.

Lita Flores Garcia – a 16-year-old ballet dancer from Norwich who represented the UK in the RAD Genée Dance Challenge judged by Darcey Bussell in Antwerp last year.

EDP People's Choice Awards nominee - artist Mik Richardson.EDP People's Choice Awards nominee - artist Mik Richardson.

She was awarded first place in her category and she is also soon to start her professional training at the Central School of Ballet.

Claire Frances Smith – a Norfolk artist who works tirelessly to promote art opportunities for people and founded Art Academy East in Dereham. She is also one of the artists involved the GoGoDragons! trail in Norwich.

Elli Chapman – artistic director and founder of Norwich-based Culture Works East.

She has helped hundreds of young people to reach their full potential through the arts and has developed opportunities for young people at Latitude Festival.

EDP People's Choice Awards nominee - Norwich Puppet Theatre.EDP People's Choice Awards nominee - Norwich Puppet Theatre.

Top 10 nominations for Best Small Organisation (in no particular order)

Diss Corn Hall – a thriving arts venue presenting a vibrant programme ranging from theatre, comedy and cinema to music, family fun and art.

Great Hall Theatre Company – a volunteer-run company that presents shows at Norwich’s Assembly House. The company’s next production is the drama Outward Bound.

The vibrant and talented Norfolk County Youth Orchestra performing a lively and family friendly programme of music in a free concert at the Forum. Photo : Steve AdamsThe vibrant and talented Norfolk County Youth Orchestra performing a lively and family friendly programme of music in a free concert at the Forum. Photo : Steve Adams

Art Academy East – this Dereham-based academy promotes art for all. It provides opportunities to gain art qualifications and also offers leisure classes.

Norwich Arts Centre – this vibrant venue presents a great programme of live music, live art, theatre, comedy and live literature and champions emerging talent. It is a previous EDP People’s Choice Awards winner.

The Yorke Trust – a South Creake-based organisation that aims to develop high quality music education in the community and supports emerging artists.

Eastern Region Media Community Interest Company (ERM CIC) – a Norwich-based company offering communities workshops and creative learning in a range of media.

Norwich Arts Centre. Arts centre director Pasco-Q Kevlin(centre) with music bookers Ian Carrell and Rosie Arnold and some of the team.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.Norwich Arts Centre. Arts centre director Pasco-Q Kevlin(centre) with music bookers Ian Carrell and Rosie Arnold and some of the team. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Four By Four – a Wymondham playwriting group which performs original plays in community locations.

Frozen Light – a Norwich-based company creating 
sensory theatre performances for young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities.

King’s Lynn Arts Centre – a popular venue presenting a varied programme of shows, exhibitions and events. Its Forma Hungarica ceramics exhibition was said to be outstanding.

Norwich Puppet Theatre – one of only three building-based puppet theatres in England, it creates and presents a colourful programme of shows.

Koons Collaborative members Nicole Huggins and Ruby McKevitt at the Jeff Koons exhibition in Norwich Castle Museum. Picture: Simon FinlayKoons Collaborative members Nicole Huggins and Ruby McKevitt at the Jeff Koons exhibition in Norwich Castle Museum. Picture: Simon Finlay

Top 10 nominations for Best Large Organisation (in no particular order)

GoGoDragons! – an art trail of 84 dragons brought to Norwich by children’s charity Break and Wild in Art. Each dragon has been created by a local artist and sponsored by a local organisation. There is also a trail of 120 baby dragons by schoolchildren.

The Voice Project – the Norwich-based open access choir has presented site-specific work for venues including Holkham Hall, Norwich City Hall and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. It regularly creates performances for Norwich and Norwich Festival and has previously won the EDP People’s Choice Award.

Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2015. Wolf's Child at Felbrigg Hall. Photo: Steve Tanner.Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2015. Wolf's Child at Felbrigg Hall. Photo: Steve Tanner.

ARTIST ROOMS: Jeff Koons – the exhibition at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery has attracted more than 50,000 visitors so far and is the only place people can see the American artist’s work in the UK this year.

Norfolk County Youth Orchestra – the orchestra gives young musicians from all over the county the opportunity to express their talent, fulfil their potential and enjoy performing. The orchestra has also entertained thousands of people with its performances.

Havago Festival – the Norwich festival is a unique celebration of art and artists and an opportunity for people to “have a go” at all things creative.

Norwich Theatre Royal – the venue is the biggest regional theatre in the east and offers entertainment for all the family, from large-scale musicals to serious drama to its traditional Christmas pantomime. It also has a great education programme.

Print to the People – a Norwich-based artist led, social enterprise which offers great opportunities for artists to display their work. It organises events such as the Norwich Art Car Boot.

Harlequin Fayre – a festival of music, circus, children’s entertainment and more which is held at a Norfolk venue only disclosed to ticket holders.

Norfolk and Norwich Festival – a 17-day festival that every May presents an array of acts from around the world and closer to home in venues across Norwich and Norfolk.

Strange Fascination – a Norfolk-based professional theatre company that was formed in April 2014.

The company’s latest production is A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Pavilion, Overstrand.

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