December 11 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Some shining stars of the Norfolk arts world are set to be celebrated at a glittering awards ceremony this month – and now we can reveal the final nine who are in the running for three very special awards voted for by our readers.
The EDP People’s Choice Awards are part of the Norfolk Arts Awards which celebrate champions of the county’s cultural scene and will this year take place at Norwich Cathedral’s Hostry on Saturday, October 26.
Nominated by the public and put up for an online vote, last year’s EDP People’s Choice winner was the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.
This year the prize has been split into three categories – best individual, best small organisation and best large organisation.
Artist Sally Hirst, illustrator Gemma Correll and arts PR expert Steve Forster are the finalists for the best individual prize.
Holt Festival, Norwich Puppet Theatre and Norwich Print Fair are in the running for best small organisation, while Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts, Writers’ Centre Norwich and The Voice Project are the final three in the best large organisation category.
Peter Beck, Norfolk Arts Awards founder, said: “We had nearly 5,000 votes for this year’s EDP People’s Choice Awards which is over double what we had last year. It is great how people have engaged with the awards.
“The shortlist is very exciting. There’s a really good mix of different people and it’s very different from last year.”
For more about the Norfolk Arts Awards visit www.norfolkartsawards.com
The event is part of the Hostry Festival, an annual autumn arts extravaganza celebrating Norfolk which this year is from October 24 to November 3.
For more about this year’s Hostry Festival programme and to book tickets, visit www.hostryfestival.org
Best Independent/Solo Arts Practitioner
• Sally Hirst is a Norwich-based artist who uses a range of techniques to create her prints, including collagraph, relief and screen printing. She describes herself as an experimental printmaker and is currently interested in ‘ghost signs’ in Norwich and other places – old signs that can still be seen, but are not in use anymore, like painted signs on the side of buildings.
• Steve Forster is a Norwich-based press and communications expert in the arts and runs SFP Communications. He has developed regional and national press stories for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Holt Festival, The Neutrinos, The Voice Project and East to Edinburgh (a scheme for performers from the east of England to tour their work to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival). He was awarded the Best Theatre PR Award by London’s Fringe Report Magazine.
• Gemma Correll is a cartoonist, writer and illustrator based in Norwich and who trained at Norwich University of the Arts. She has had her illustration work published around the world. Her illustrations have been put onto cards by national chain Paperchase, and onto t-shirts by Urban Outfitters and Top Shop. She has also illustrated a number of books and her t-shirt design ‘pugs not drugs’ has been worn by many celebrities.
Best Small Venue/Festival/Organisation/Group/Production
• Holt Festival is an annual celebration of the arts that takes place in July each year. The 2013 festival line-up featured Germaine Greer, The Proclaimers, John Major, John Hegley, EnsembleBash, Goddard Nixon Dance, Ayanna, The Britten Sinfonia and the Rhodes Piano Trio.
• Norwich Puppet Theatre is based in a medieval church in Whitefriars and recently celebrated its 30th year. The venue houses and produces shows for children of all ages and adults too, and is one of only a handful of dedicated puppet theatres in the UK. The theatre also has an extensive education programme of workshops, schools performances, master classes and touring work.
• Norwich Print Fair provides a city showcase, primarily at St Margaret’s Church in St Benedict’s Street and at The Forum, for Norfolk-based printmakers. The volunteer-run fair displays the work of about 30 artists each year and holds shows in September and January/February. Artists include H.J. Jackson, Martin Mitchell, Rob Barnes, Sarah Bays, and Kerri Buck.
Best Large Venues/Festivals/Organisations/Groups/Performances
• The Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts takes place in Great Yarmouth each year.
The festival is the largest of its kind in the east of England and includes entertainment by local and international performers.
The 2013 spectacle saw 35 companies from France, Belgium, Italy and beyond bring Great Yarmouth’s streets, venues and open spaces to life with an array of weird and wonderful acts.
• Writers’ Centre Norwich, based in Princes Street, provides workshops, projects and resources to writers in the county and beyond. It led Norwich’s successful bid for UNESCO City of Literature status, and saw the city become the first in England to hold the title. The Writers’ Centre is currently developing a new base in St Giles Street.
• The Voice Project is a Norwich-based open-access community choir led by Sian Croose and Jon Baker. The choir has performed with thousands of singers from across Norwich and beyond in a range of interesting settings, and regularly performs as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.