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Winners of 2013 Arts & Business Scotland Awards announced

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Winners of 2013 Arts & Business Scotland Awards announced

  • Sponsor partnerships with Aberdeen International Youth Festival, Glasgow Film Festival, Music in Hospitals, The National Theatre of Scotland, The Reading Agency and SMART consultants win the six Arts & Business Scotland Awards
  • Leadership Award presented to Seona Reid 
  • Emeli Sande recognised in first Aberdeenshire Creative Energy Award
  • Artist, Amber Robertson, wins The Made in Aberdeen: Emerging Talent Prize
  • Glasgow Women’s Library wins Enterprising Museum Award

The 2013 Arts & Business Scotland Awards winners have been announced at a prestigious ceremony at the Music Hall in Aberdeen on Wednesday 30 October.

Arts & Business Scotland works to create and promote mutually beneficial relationships between business and the arts to enable Scotland to benefit from a vibrant cultural community.  The Awards ceremony is held each year to recognise the most outstanding and creative partnerships between business and arts organisations.  It also recognises key individuals who have made significant contributions to Scotland’s culture over the last 12 months.

Winners across ten categories were presented with specially commissioned award pieces in front of an audience of over 300 guests from business, the arts and the media. 

Organisations large and small were awarded and commended over six sponsor categories on the evening, and included businesses from the financial sector, energy sector, consumer sector, business services and construction sector. The arts activity supported across Scotland included music, film, literature, visual arts, festival and theatre. A further four special awards were also presented. The ceremony was hosted by broadcaster, Janice Forsyth, and included musical contributions from acclaimed Scottish soprano, Lisa Milne, jazz quartet New Focus and folk group North East Folk Collective.

“This year, the judges of the Arts & Business Scotland 2013 Awards had an extremely difficult task in deciding the winners of all of the categories – especially given the range, ambition and impact on communities of the many shortlisted business and arts partnerships” says David Watt, Chief Executive of Arts & Business Scotland.

 “All deserve our congratulations and while not everyone can be a winner, all of the shortlisted partnerships are fabulous examples of how business support and investment in the arts can make a significant difference. 

Scottish culture would be poorer without sponsorship from the businesses recognised at the Awards ceremony, as well as the many other businesses who invest in the cultural projects which have local, regional, national and international impact.

The Leadership Award, Aberdeenshire Creative Energy Award and The Made in Aberdeen Award celebrate the significant individual contributions that the recipients have made to enriching culture in Scotland through their respective creative practices and fields of work.”

“Arts and Business Scotland are doing a wonderful job highlighting the value of arts and culture in our communities,” says Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs. “The ceremony tonight celebrates the tremendous local, national and international achievements and demonstrates the potential of arts and culture in influencing our communities, broadening the horizons of our young people and facilitating international dialogue.”

The COMMUNITY AWARD was presented to Tesco Bank & The Reading Agency for The Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge. This acclaimed initiative has given children in deprived or rural areas the opportunity to meet authors and illustrators, engage with their local library to help spark an interest in reading from a young age leading to improvements in literacy attainment.

The AWARD FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND THE ARTS, sponsored by Accenture Scotland, recognises a partnership that has harnessed the power of the arts to engage young people. The 2013 Award was presented to Aberdeen Harbour & Aberdeen International Youth Festival for The Port. This multi-arts project, created in partnership with Aberdeen City Council’s Arts Development Team and social enterprise organisation Theatre Modo, saw around 400 young people enjoying carnival arts and circus skills workshops whilst learning about the importance of the port and its 877 years of history.

The AWARD FOR SPONSORSHIP BY A SMALL BUSINESS, sponsored by Black Light, was presented to Brazilian restaurant and bar Boteco do Brasil and Glasgow Film Festival for a partnership that helped promote Brazilian cinema. A Samba style flash-mob at Glasgow Airport that attracted 6,000 views on YouTube and a Brazilian party were among the highlights of the vibrant collaboration. Volunteers from Glasgow Film Festival were also given the opportunity to work with businesses they would otherwise have missed

Mackie’s of Scotland and the National Theatre of Scotland’s collaboration on The Last Polar Bears won the AWARD FOR NEW OR RETURNING SPONSOR, sponsored by Freight Design & J Thomson Colour Printers. The Last Polar Bears is a family- friendly play which is the UK’s first piece of “carbon-light” theatre. The play toured over 350 miles around Scotland, reaching a total audience of 2,500 at schools across the country. Instead of using cars or vans, Mackie’s sponsored bikes, which enabled the actors to cycle from venue to venue, transporting their equipment behind them in trailers. NTS also led climate change themed workshops in each of the schools they visited and Mackie's ran an online competition asking young people what they would do to stop the polar ice caps from melting.

A remarkable 23-year partnership between TOTAL E&P UK Limited and Music in Hospitals was recognised in the SUSTAINED PARTNERSHIP AWARD. The support of TOTAL has enabled Music in Hospitals to provide high quality music for frail and vulnerable people. Freelance musical groups have presented numerous performances to people of all ages in hospitals and other care establishments passing the landmark 40,000th concert in 2012.

The CULTURAL BRANDING AWARD, sponsored by Shell UK, recognises a partnership that has reinforced the branding and marketing activity of a business through an innovative collaboration with an arts organisation. The winner was the More Than Post-It Notes campaign which used SMART Consultants gallery space and 3M’s pioneering culture to blur lines between art and science, centring on the British Science Festival in Aberdeen.

The first of the four special awards saw the contribution of an individual who has shown outstanding leadership in the arts recognised. The 2013 Arts & Business Scotland Leadership Award, sponsored by Chevron Upstream Europe, went to Seona Reid CBE, who recently stepped down after 13 years as head of The Glasgow School of Art. Ms Reid, who is Deputy Chair of National Heritage Memorial Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund and Chair of the Committee for Scotland, has recently been appointed a Trustee of The Tate and Chair of the National Theatre of Scotland.

“Arts & Business Scotland is delighted to announce Seona Reid as the recipient of the 2013 Leadership Award. Seona has made a particularly significant contribution to the cultural life of Scotland,” says David Watt. “Her role as Director of The Glasgow School of Art included the lasting legacy of overseeing the £8.7 million conservation of its Mackintosh main building and a £50 million new-build project which will be completed shortly and will be named after her. In addition, her tireless work as a trustee of a number of cultural organisations as well as her previous work as Chief Executive of The Scottish Arts Council, demonstrate her commitment to ensuring that a robust cultural infrastructure is in place to support creativity and the creation of great art.”

" I am obviously really delighted to receive this award,” says Seona Reid. “However, leadership is never done alone and if I have achieved anything it has been to build brilliant teams of talented people who are as committed as I am to the arts and creative education."

The Aberdeenshire Creative Energy Award, which is sponsored by Aberdeenshire Council, went to acclaimed singer-songwriter Emeli Sande, whose parents accepted the award on her behalf. The award recognises an individual or organisation that has achieved exceptional success in their creative field, and represents the "best of Aberdeenshire".

Aberdeenshire Provost Jill Webster said: “The Arts & Business Scotland Awards are a fantastic opportunity to highlight the importance to our economy of fostering strong links between the business and arts sectors, and I am pleased that Aberdeenshire Council is sponsoring an award for the first time this year.

 “The Aberdeenshire Creative Energy Award is about honouring exceptional success in the creative field, and our winner this year, Emeli Sande, has demonstrated with her talent, hard work and dedication that she represents “the best of Aberdeenshire”.

In a special message recorded for the event Emeli Sande, said: "It’s a big honour to receive this Creative Energy Award. Thank you for all your support from the very beginning, I really appreciate it"

The Made in Aberdeen: Emerging Talent Prize, sponsored by Aberdeen City Council, was presented to artist Amber Robertson. The Award celebrates emerging talent in Aberdeen. As well as the award, Amber Robertson wins a £5,000 commission to create a new piece of work.

Valerie Watts, Chief Executive of Aberdeen City Council said: 'I am honoured and delighted to have presented the inaugural 'Made in Aberdeen' award.  I believe this prize shows the commitment of Aberdeen City Council to young people in the city, by offering a substantial award and support to develop their creative talent.

“Amber Robertson, a recent graduate of Gray’s School of Art has shown real ability, outstanding potential and a drive to continue to develop creatively.  My congratulations also go to the other nominees, who are all highly creative and capable individuals.”

The Enterprising Museum Award, sponsored by Museums Galleries Scotland, was presented to the Glasgow Women’s Library for 21 Revolutions: Two Decades of Changing Minds at Glasgow Women’s Library. To mark its 21st anniversary Library commissioned 21 women artists and 21 women writers to create new work inspired by items and artefacts in its collections. The new work drew on campaign badges, knitting patterns, Suffragette memorabilia, album covers, recipe books, feminist newsletters and other gems found within the Library’s thousands of archive boxes or amongst the hundreds of Library shelves.

Joanne Orr, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland, said: “The museums sector in Scotland is alive with creative and ambitious people who are driving forward some incredibly inspirational projects. MGS is delighted to sponsor the Arts and Business Enterprising Museum Award which highlights and celebrates prime examples of this aspirational work.  I congratulate the winners Glasgow Women’s Library on their much deserved award, and commend the achievements of the other two shortlisted projects by Aberdeenshire Museums Service and the Scottish Fisheries Museum – as well as warmly acknowledging all the organisations who entered their enterprising and imaginative projects for this Award.”

Notes for Editors

 For further information on Arts & Business Scotland contact:

Carl Watt on 0131 556 3353 carl.watt@aandbscotland.org.uk

For further information on Aberdeen Council contact:

Stella Evans on 01224 522072 sevans@aberdeencity.gov.uk .

For further information on Aberdeenshire Council contact:

Leanna MacLarty 01224 664235, Leanna.MacLarty@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

For further information on Museums and Galleries Scotland contact:

Eithne Ní Chonghaile, 0131 550 4123, eithnenc@museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk


More about Arts & Business Scotland:

Arts & Business Scotland is an independent Scottish charity which works to create mutually beneficial relationships between business and the arts to enable Scotland to benefit from a vibrant cultural community.  www.aandbscotland.org.uk

This is the 26th Arts & Business Scotland Sponsorship Awards.

Sponsorship Information:

Young People and the Arts Award, sponsored by Accenture Scotland

Sponsorship by a Small Business Award, sponsored by Black Light

New or Returning Sponsor Award, sponsored by Freight Design and J Thomson Colour Printers

Sustained Partnership Award, sponsored by Baillie Gifford Investment Managers

Cultural Branding Award, sponsored by Shell UK Ltd

Leadership Award, sponsored by Chevron Upstream Europe

The Made in Aberdeen: Emerging Talent Prize, sponsored by Aberdeen City Council

The Aberdeenshire Creative Energy Award, sponsored by Aberdeenshire Council

Enterprising Museum Award, sponsored by Museums Galleries Scotland

Awards Objects sponsored by Aberdeen Inspired

Awards Table Centres sponsored by Total E&P UK Limited



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