Tagged: Awards

The Open Contemporary Young Artist Award – Call For Submissions 

Deadline: Sunday 1st April 2018

The Biscuit Factory Foundation has announced a national open call for young artists working across various mediums. 

The Open Contemporary Young Artist Award is an opportunity for artists 35 years old or younger working in the UK today to submit work to be included in an exhibition at The Biscuit Factory Gallery in Newcastle upon Tyne.

The Open Contemporary Young Artist Award will profile the successful entrants and raise awareness of mixed contemporary art practices. The Biscuit Factory welcomes submissions including painting, photography, original handmade prints, sculpture, glass, ceramics, textiles and jewellery. 

The winner will receive £1,000 and the opportunity for a solo show of work at The Biscuit Factory, along with a comprehensive press package. There will also be a People’s Choice Winner, voted for by the public, and they will receive a £250 prize. All finalists will receive online and print coverage.

For further information, and to apply, visit Curatorspace.com.


Museums + Heritage Awards

The annual Museums + Heritage Awards, now in its sixteenth year, recognises projects of excellence – innovative and ground-breaking exhibitions from galleries and visitor attractions across the UK and Europe. These range from remarkable achievements of national institutions to projects crafted with limited resources and those championing their staff and volunteers who work hard to deliver inspiring visitor experiences.

The Awards are judged by a panel of the sector’s leading lights including, Diane Lees, Director General, Imperial War Museum; Bernard Donoghue, Director, Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) and other leading sector professionals.

The 2018 Awards have 11 categories to choose from, including the BRAND NEW Best Shop Award which is split into two categories – Turnover Above £500k and Turnover Below £500k. The highly anticipated Temporary or Touring Exhibition, sponsored by Displayways, will once again be championing the incredible achievements in design and interpretation of teams across the UK. Also returning for 2018 is the ever popular and FREE Volunteer(s) of the Year Award in partnership with AIM.

The Novium, winner of the 2017 Temporary Exhibition Award had this to say “Acknowledgement at the Museum + Heritage awards for a small, local history museum was phenomenal, and really contributed to putting The Novium on the map as an award-winning museum.”

The deadline for the Awards is fast approaching – 1st February 2018 – and these Awards, which are open to all museums, galleries, cultural and heritage visitor attractions and their suppliers, no matter what size or budget, offer an unrivalled opportunity for everyone in this sector to celebrate their successes.

Nominate now for the Creative and Cultural Skills Awards 2018!

The annual Creative and Cultural Skills awards recognise those people who have shown an outstanding commitment to skill development and learning in the creative industries. In 2018, the awards ceremony will take place in North West England, at the Lowry Theatre in Salford, on Monday 16th April.

Nominations for awards across 9 categories are now being taken and must be submitted by Friday 15th December 2017.

The categories are:

– Craft & Jewellery Skills

– Design Skills

– Museums & Heritage Skills

– Music Skills

– Theatre Skills

– Training Provider of the Year Award

– Creative Choices Award

– Intern of the Year

Apply now at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2NG7Y29.

NCA ‘Hearts for the Arts’ Nominations

Deadline: 20 November 2017

The National Campaign for the Arts’ new awards scheme, ‘Hearts for the Arts’, now in its second year, recognises local authorities from across the UK who invest in high-quality arts initiatives.

Samuel West, Chair of the NCA, said: ‘Councils across the country live under real financial pressure, yet the success of these Awards in 2017 shows that arts programmes that unite and delight us can still be driven forward by passionate, committed people. In celebrating them and the essential work of some councils, we want to inspire others to keep the arts at the heart of their communities. Few things can bring us together like the arts can, and we need that now more than ever.’

Anyone can make a nomination, whether you are a member of the public who has experienced an outstanding Local Authority project, work for a Local Authority, or work in the arts sector. There are four categories:

  1. Best Local Authority Arts Initiative
  2. Best Local Authority Arts Champion- Officer
  3. Best Local Authority Arts Champion- Councillor
  4. Best Local Authority Arts Project encouraging community cohesion

Nominations can be made online here.

Museums + Heritage Awards 2018

The Museums + Heritage Awards 2018 are now open for entry!

The 2018 Awards have 11 categories to choose from, including the BRAND NEW Best Shop Award which is split into two categories – Turnover Above £500k and
Turnover Below £500k. Also returning for 2018 is the ever popular and
FREE Volunteer(s) of the Year Award in partnership with AIMAIM.

With these Awards open to all museums, galleries, cultural and heritage visitor attractions and their suppliers, no matter what size or budget, this is an unrivalled opportunity for everyone!

People’s History Museum Announced as Winners of the Family Friendly Museum Award 2017

A Co-op shop with an old fashioned till that everyone can play with, craft tables and a place to make your own placard, a suffragette kitchen to explore, friendly welcoming staff, microscopes to look at bugs in the conservation studio, gender neutral toilets, a shop with an excellent range of pocket money toys and loads of buttons to press and games to play, these are just some of the excellent things that have made the People’s History Museum in Manchester the winner of the Family Friendly Museum Award 2017.

Relaunched in 2010 after a major refurbishment programme and attracting over 100,000 visitors per year, the People’s History Museum is the national museum of democracy. Families were incredibly impressed with how the museum combined local subjects such as the Peterloo Massacre with exhibits about broader themes in social and political history right up to the present day.

Here’s why one family thought their local museum should win:

“We very much felt like they’d tried very hard to make the whole thing very inclusive – a lot of the exhibits echo diversity and inclusion”

The Family Friendly Museum Award is the biggest museum award in Britain and the only one where families pick the winner. To find out more about the winner, and the award, visit the Kids in Museums website here.

The Marsh Awards for Palaeontology, Mineralogy and Best Earth Sciences Book of the Year – 2017

The Marsh Awards recognise unsung heroes who have made a major contribution to the promotion of palaeontology or mineralogy in the UK and abroad. 

These contributions could include:

  • popular publications
  • websites
  • collecting and donation of natural history collections to museums
  • superb preparation or conservation of specimens in public collections
  • artistic or technical innovations

The awards

Three awards will be presented:

  • The Marsh Award for Palaeontology
  • The Marsh Award for Mineralogy
and new in 2017
  • The Marsh Award for Best Earth Sciences Book of the Year

The recipient(s) of each award will receive a certificate and a £1,000 prize.

The awards ceremony will be in the Flett Theatre of the Natural History Museum in London on 8 December  2017. The event is free but registration is required. Please complete and submit the form below by 6 December 2017

Nominations and deadline

Nominations will be accepted for groups or individuals. Groups are eligible for self-nomination.

Please complete the appropriate nomination form and send to M.Richter@nhm.ac.uk, attaching the independent letters of support. The deadline for nominations is 20 November 2017.

More about the Marsh Awards

The awards are the creation of Brian Marsh OBE, chairman of the Marsh Christian Trust, who wanted a vehicle to recognise ‘unsung heroes and heroines’, people who are passionate about what they do and devote their time to improving the world and our knowledge of it.

Since the Trust was established in 1981, the number of organisations it supports each year has grown from eight to over 400. In 2015 the Awards recognised over 150 individuals or groups in the worldwide, applauding their voluntary, professional and group contributions across the fields of social welfare, conservation, the arts and heritage.

Heritage Heroes Awards 2017 Nominations Now Open

Closing date for applications: 30 September

England’s heritage sector simply couldn’t function without the hard work and dedication of its volunteers. Research found that in 2015 8% of people volunteered their time in the heritage, museum or library sectors equating to roughly 4.2 million people. 

Ecclesiastical’s Heritage Heroes Award is the Heritage Alliance’s celebration of the amazing achievements of volunteers.  Now in its eighth year, the award is a wonderful way to raise awareness of the generosity of the sector’s volunteers and to say thank you where they have far exceeded expectations. 

Nominate a volunteer today! The winner receives up to £150 toward travel costs and one day’s pro bono support through practical or professional volunteering from Ecclesiastical. For example, digging, decorating, sharing business management, marketing, communications or HR skills. The exact nature of the support to be agreed with the winner. 

Find out more here.

Groundwork Community Award – Nominations Open

Groundwork is asking the public to nominate community groups to receive a national award at an awards ceremony recognising their work in making their local areas better places to live.

The charity has launched the Groundwork Community Awards as a way of honouring small community groups making a big difference to everyone’s quality of life in their local area and to celebrate and reward groups who often get little recognition and support.

The deadline for nominations is 25 August and the awards are simple to enter via an online system where community groups can highlight their own achievements – or can be Nominate a project to receive an award in one of 10 categories reflecting the huge diversity of projects and services being delivered by community volunteers.

Shortlisted community groups will be invited to attend a national awards ceremony in central London on the evening of 2 November.

About the awards

There are 10 award categories, each reflecting the huge diversity of projects and services being delivered by community volunteers:

Best community group contribution to health and wellbeing

  • Best community group contribution to environmental sustainability
  • Best community group contribution to community cohesion
  • Best community group contribution to education or employment
  • Best community project on a social housing estate
  • Best community partnership with business
  • Best community garden or green space
  • Community leader of the year
  • Young community leader of the year
  • Community group of the year – all round achievement award

For more information: Visit the awards website

2017 Social Buzz Awards

The Social Buzz Awards celebrate and reward the best in social media communications in the UK. By rewarding effective social media campaigns and strategies, these awards give recognition to those who are using social media to communicate in exciting and innovative ways.

Any individual, agency, company or business producing effective social media strategies and campaigns or using social media in an innovative and exciting way is eligible. Applications are open internationally.

Judges will be looking for:

  • evidence of clear strategic thinking
  • innovation
  • tangible results
  • proof of effectiveness
  • creativity.

The deadline for submitting an entry is 1 September 2017.

All entries must have been live to market at some point between 5 August 2016 and 1 September 2017.

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