Northern Ireland Awards

The Northern Ireland Creative & Cultural Skills Awards is a unique, industry-led event, which celebrates the fantastic work being carried out to develop skills in the cultural sector.

The 2018 industry panel included Mark Holden, Hannah Richardson and Suzanne Doyle
The 2018 industry panel included Mark Holden, Hannah Richardson and Suzanne Doyle

The Northern Ireland Creative & Cultural Skills Awards were created in direct response to an industry need to recognise the best of creative skills development across the country. These prestigious awards have now completed their fifth year, and previous winners include individuals and teams from Prince’s Trust NI, the NI Science FestivalBlack Box and BBC NI

The Awards celebrate the unsung heroes of the creative industries who epitomize Creative & Cultural Skills’ values of:  

  • Giving young people opportunities to work and learn in the creative industries  
  • Ensuring that employers benefit from a skilled generation of talent  
  • Helping the creative industries continue on a course of economic growth 
  • Ensuring that the creative industries benefit from a diverse workforce, representative of our society 

2019 winners

Northern Ireland Intern of the Year Award

Winner: Kathryn McKinney, Ulster University, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Northern Ireland Creative Tutor of the Year Award

Winner: Darren Porter, Belfast Met Film and TV School

Highly Commended: Alison Thompson and Peter Graham, Northern Ireland Film & Television School at South Eastern Regional College

Northern Ireland Creative Student of the Year Award

Winners: HND in Creative Media Production class, Northern Ireland Film & Television School at South Eastern Regional College

Highly Commended: Conor Finn, Ulster University

Northern Ireland Creative Industry Skills Award

Winner: Peter Heenan (image to follow)

Highly Commended: Sean Boyle, Into Film

Northern Ireland Education and Industry Collaborative Project Award

Winner: Martin Melarkey, Nerve Belfast Creative Learning Centre, and Colin Williams, Sixteen South.
(pictured Stephen Coulter, Sixteen South and Jennifer McAlorum, Nerve Belfast Creative Learning Centre)

Highly Commended: Alan McCracken and Thomas Scott, Belfast Metropolitan College, and Harry Hamilton, Flash Harry
(pictured Alan McCracken and Thomas Scott, Belfast Metropolitan College)

The winners had their work celebrated at a special ceremony in Belfast Metropolitan College, E3 campus, on Thursday 5 December 2019.

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