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York Culture Awards
Entries Received to Date
Seven organisations and individuals have submitted their entries to the York Culture Awards 2016 this month as the competition hots up.
Jane Lady Gibson, Chair of Make It York, said, ‘It’s excited to see the entries coming in, with such a wide variety of talent represented. Our cultural businesses and our local communities are producing works of the highest quality that make York a great place to live but also inspire and attract people to the city. If you haven’t entered yet, I’d encourage anyone involved in the cultural sector in York to get involved.’
New Visuality – ‘Text’ (Community Project)
York’s contemporary gallery, According To McGee, straddled the worlds of analogue and digital with the art exhibition, ‘Text’, in late 2015. Curated via this Tower Street gallery's charitable arm, New Visuality, ‘Text’ showcased posters of tweets and slogans written by the public and learners with disabilities at the Blueberry Academy.
According to McGee – ‘Interfuse’ (Community Project)
According to McGee launched Interfuse to celebrate a wide range of visual arts in late 2015. Initially intended as a call for independent artists to submit their work for display and performance in a gallery space for a November weekend, director Greg McGee widened the brief to allow a continuous platform for the deluge of interested artists. This ‘curveball’ element included performances, light installations, LetterPress projects, literary readings and more.
Late Music Festival (Event or Festival)
Late Music has been promoting in York since 1995, first as a festival and, since 2009, as a concert series. Its focus has been on promoting contemporary classical music and, in particular, the work of living composers. Concerts are held in the Unitarian Chapel on the first Saturday evening each month from March to October.
En Pointe York – Dance of the Season (Performing Artist and Production)
En Pointe is a classical dance school in York
'Dance of the Seasons' was a performance by 140 young dancers aged 4 years or more, combining jazz and classical ballet to represent the seasons through themed creative music, lighting, costumes and dance choreography to a live Yorkshire audience. In the shows there were several dance styles showcased. This included Ballet, Pointe work, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, and Acro.
New York Brass Band (Performing Artist)
New York Brass Band is a 7 piece New Orleans 2nd line band. Formed in 2010 with early performances taking the form of busking on the streets of the city. Very quickly the band started to pick up gigs at weddings, festivals and theatres. In March 2012 the band performed at The Lord Mayor of York's Charity Gala Concert at York Theatre Royal which led to Taylors of Harrogate signing up the band to work for them as the Yorkshire Tea Band which has taken them all over the country promoting Yorkshire Tea.
The Bev Jones Music Company – Penny Millionaire (Writer)
The late Mr Bev Jones LRAM ARCO ARAM MMUS, ex Head Chorister to Her Majesty the Queen, offered music and theatre to the highest standard. Known all over the UK and Ireland Bev had a unique style and was loved, admired and respected by amateurs and professional alike. With over 500 shows to his name, a highlight for 2016 is the staging of his very own World Premiere of Penny Millionaire. This new musical is described as, ‘unashamedly traditional, full of glorious melodies and harmonies, drama, passion, tragedy, frivolity and love.’
York Theatre Royal – Pantomime (Production)
York Theatre Royal pantomime welcomes around 45,000 audience members every year. When the theatre’s capital redevelopment project was delayed due to archaeological finds in the auditorium, a decision had to be made to either cancel the annual pantomime or move it elsewhere. The team decided to stage a pantomime like no other, in the Signal Box Theatre at the National Railway Museum. This was the world's first traverse pantomime, with audiences seated either side of a railway track.
The Y Street Band – (Performing Artist/s)
Over the past four years, The Y Street Band has established a musical career that has become heavily ingrained within the city of York. During their studies at York St John University, these five friends began making a name for themselves busking on the vibrant streets of the city. This exposure, coupled with their unique abilities, quickly began generating opportunities for the group, which before long lead to performing several times a week in a whole array of local venues, events, festivals and private functions. With original music now at the forefront of their activities, the band continues to move from strength to strength as they plan to cement themselves as a professional music act both locally and nationally.
Nominations for the Cultural Champion category have also been received and the recipient will be announced at the awards ceremony on 1 December 2016.
Mark Addy Revealed as Patron
We’re delighted to announce that English actor and born and bred Yorkshireman, Mark Addy, has been confirmed as patron of the York Culture Awards and will help support and raise the profile of the awards.
Known for portraying Detective Constable Gary Boyle in the British sitcom The Thin Blue Line, Dave in the film The Full Monty and more recently King Robert Baratheon in the HBO medieval fantasy series Game of Thrones, Mark is a well-known face in his home city of York. Born in the Tang Hall area of York, Mark was raised and educated in the city. His ancestors have lived in York since at least 1910, when his great-grandfather was living in the city. And his father, Ian, spent his working life as a glazier at York Minster From 1982 to 1984.
Mark said, ‘I’m thrilled to be able to support the York Culture Awards and all those involved. York is such a culturally rich city, with the arts being at the forefront of a lot of community activity. These York Culture Awards will help showcase lots of local talent, from artists to musicians, actors to playwrights. I’m especially interested to encourage local schools and community groups to submit an entry.’