The York Culture Awards 2016 ceremony took place on 1 December at York Central Methodist Church. Around 300 people from York’s Cultural Sector attended the awards ceremony, which included a number of performances throughout the evening.

The awards ceremony, hosted by BBC Radio York’s Georgey Spanswick, was opened with a film showcasing York’s Cultural vibrancy. The film, commissioned by Make It, was produced by filmmaker Ben Porter and narrated by local poet David Jarman.

Highlights from the evening also included performances from Accessible Arts & Media IMPs Project, York Theatre Royal Choir and music by world renowned composer Peter Byrom-Smith.


The winners were as follows:

Cultural Partnership: Vespertine


Community Project or Event: New Visuality - ‘Text’

HIGHLY COMMENDED: York Museums Trust


Cultural Education: Fulford School


Cultural Equality and Diversity: Accessible Arts & Media – IMPs Project



Cultural Event or Festival: TakeOver Festival


Film: Catherine Mason – We are only human


Performing Artist: Mad Alice


Production: York Minster Mystery Plays


Visual Artist: Emily Harvey – York Panorama


Writer: Carole Bromley – The Stonegate Devil


Cultural Champion: Rose Kent


A selection of photos from the evening are below and the showcase film can be watched here.