The York Culture Awards is organised by Make It York. Make It York (York’s Destination Organisation) has an overarching remit to market the city and its surroundings – nationally and internationally – as a vibrant and attractive place to live to visit, study, work and do business. The remit covers leisure and business tourism, city centre management, festivals and events, business support and inward investment.


Patron: Andrew Martin

Andrew was born and raised in York - his father worked for British Rail in the office now occupied by The Grand Hotel & Spa. He is the author of a dozen novels, many of them based in and around York.

He is perhaps best known for his award-winning series about Jim Stringer, an Edwardian Railwayman. Many of these novels position Jim at York Station, including "The Lost Luggage Porter", "Death on a Branch Line", "Murder at Deviation Junction" and "The Last Train to Scarborough".

His latest novel "Soot" is a York-based literary thriller set in 1799 that centres on the murder of a Silhouette painter.

Andrew said, “I was flattered to be asked to be Patron of the York Culture Awards. Most of my thirteen novels have been set in York and the city has had a big impact on my imagination and creativity. The city has given me so much and being Patron will enable me to give something back. York has such a strong sense of place and identity and its rich history is what makes it so very special. I’m also looking forward to discovering the budding novelists who are out there.”

The York Culture Awards celebrates excellence in the arts and culture sector and reward outstanding innovation, creativity and quality. It will be an opportunity to showcase our city-wide cultural achievements and future plans, as well as to inspire and motivate organisations, businesses and educational institutions to make York’s cultural offer stronger.

Our objectives for the York Cultural Awards are to:

- Celebrate and showcase both our uniqueness and our diversity, to help build a confident and creative cultural community

- Encourage York as a city to be more culturally ambitious and working across all boundaries

- Reward and recognise cultural excellence within our city and its surroundings

- Highlight the importance of culture to build and maintain a sustainable economy

- Establish a long term, sustainable, credible event to help promote the city of York to residents, visitors, businesses and students

- Our aim, by showcasing the city’s cultural uniqueness and diversity, is to ultimately make culture more accessible to everyone and to encourage more people to take part.