Creative & Cultural Skills Awards

Our 2018 awards ceremony will take place on Monday 16 April at the Lowry in Salford.

Image (c) James Fletcher
Image (c) James Fletcher

2018 Shortlist

Creative & Cultural Skills Awards: recognising excellence in the creative industries.

Skills Awards

The annual Creative & Cultural Skills Awards celebrate individuals and organisations who champion excellence in the creative industries.

They shine a light on those who have shown an outstanding commitment to developing skills and learning in the creative industries, ensuring the next generation have the skills needed for the creative sector to continue to thrive.

Theatre Skills Award

  • Fiona Martin, The Customs House.
  • Paul Davies, Rubicon Dance.
  • Five Dollar Shake Productions, North West Regional College.

Music Skills Award

  • British Recorded Music Industry (BPI)
  • Pamela McCormick, Urban Development
  • Sam Nicholls, Leeds Beckett University.

Museums & Heritage Skills Award

  • Andy Jongman, Jackie Bland and Bill Griffiths, Gateshead College/Tyne and Wear Archive and Museum.
  • Catherine Ritman-Smith, The Design Museum.
  • Amgueddfa Ceredigion Museum.

Craft & Jewellery Skills Award

  • Ella McIntosh, This Is Pewter.
  • Harriet Kelsall,
  • Imogen Lawry, Cockpit Arts.

Design Skills Award

  • Catherine Ritman-Smith, The Design Museum.
  • Darragh Neely, Darragh Neely Design.
  • Learning Team, V&A Dundee, Museum of Design. 

Training Provider Award

The Training Provider of the Year Award celebrates a Further Education college or Higher Education institution. It is for tutors or departments that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to training, developing innovative ideas to enable young people to gain skills and opportunities to work in the creative industries.

  • Creative Apprenticeships Delivery Team, Lewisham Southwark College in London.
  • Performing Arts Department, London South East Colleges.
  • The Creative & Cultural Industries Team, Barking and Dagenham College in London.

Apprentice of the Year Award

The Apprentice of the Year Award celebrates apprentices working in the creative and cultural industries who have shown exceptional commitment and ambition.

  • Camile Walters Wright, The Royal National Theatre.
  • Joyce Zale, and Ruth Brown, The London Transport Museum.
  • Lewis Marsh, SharpFutures.
  • Melissa Gillespie, Culture Bridge North East.

Intern of the Year Award

The Intern of the Year Award celebrates paid interns working in creative and cultural industries who have shown exceptional commitment and ambition.

  • Belinda Cree, Young at Art.
  • Ezra O'Connor, Wales Millennium Centre.
  • Olivia Mathurin Essandoh, Rosetta Arts.

Creative Choices Award

The Creative Choices Award is for individuals or organisations that have used innovation to further skills development and fair access in the creative industries.

  • Cinemagic
  • Hayley Reay, Portsmouth Cultural Trust.
  • The Loud In Libraries Academy, Get It Loud In Libraries CIC.
  • The Creative Society


Outstanding MAP Graduate Awards (OMGs)

Supported by UK Music, the award aims to celebrate the outstanding contribution of MAP graduates and also MAP institutions to music.

  • James Hayward - Backstage Academy
  • Stephen Fitzpatrick - LIPA
  • Anton Magnusson - BIMM
  • Jamie Skinner - BIMM
  • Yasmin Corrigan - Southampton Solent University
  • Elizabeth Pike - University of Hertfordshire
  • Bethan Heaton - Leeds Beckett University

Winners at the 2017 Skills Awards

Our 2017 Creative & Cultural Skills Awards were judged by leading employers in the creative industries. Thanks to all who nominated and congratulations to the winners.

Apprentice of the Year

Emma Morsi, Saffron Records

"To gain such recognition from colleagues and industry professionals for doing the work you love is a monumental feeling and an incredible way to start the new year. As someone who is so invested in using my creative abilities as an instrument for change it is honouring to also be invited to speak on a panel for the National Conference, where it reaffirms your belief in the work of my peers and those leading the creative industries."

Intern of the Year

Amy Backwell, Arts University Bournemouth

"I want to say a huge thank you to CCSkills for awarding me the Intern of the Year 2017. It’s such an honour to receive the award and the ceremony was fantastic! Not only has my intern position provided positive challenges and training but it’s been a launch pad to input my own creative ideas, allowed me to take leadership of projects and I am given the freedom to produce events and carry out my own research and fine art practice."

Training Provider of the Year

The Learning Co, The Cornwall College Group

"Cornwall College are immensely proud that our Learning Company has been awarded Training Provider of the year by Creative & Cultural Skills. This recognition that we are providing excellent employability skills development to learners in creative subjects is wonderful news and rewards our success in this area perfectly."

Craft Skills

Clive Burr, Freelance for Goldsmiths’ Company

"I was surprised and honoured to receive this prestigious award. Passing on expertise and providing training and support for young apprentices and graduates who want to follow a profession in gold and silver smithing is very rewarding in itself."

Design Skills

The RSA Design Awards Team, RSA

“We are honoured to receive the Creative & Cultural Skills Award for Design Skills. This isn’t just testament to the work the RSA and the Student Design Awards has done over the last 93 years to encourage graduates to apply design thinking to every day problems; it is also indicative of the importance of design skills in tackling today’s most pressing social, economic and environmental issues.”

Jewellery Skills

Barry Moss, Goldsmiths’ Company

"I am passionate about encouraging, nurturing and developing skills in young craftspeople. They remain the bedrock of our UK Jewellery Industry by continuing to sustain and promote our ancient heritage skills whilst embracing new and developing technology. I am honoured to have received this award."

Museums & Heritage Skills

Samantha Jackman, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery

Music Skills

Mark Davyd, Rhythmix

“I'm delighted to have received this award for Rhythmix's work. Across the last 18 years, Rhythmix has expanded and grown in ways we never expected. Throughout that development, we've always tried to keep our focus on the direct individual experience of every person we have helped and supported to make and engage with music."

Theatre Skills

Tracey Brown, Rubicon Dance

"This award is a wonderful recognition of the leadership of the community dance sector in Wales, through a unique, tailor made community dance apprentice training programme. I have supported apprentices at Rubicon for 20 years and it's been a real privilege to see them grow and develop into inspirational and high skilled practitioners"

Creative Choices (jointly awarded)

Abi Horsfield, Collective Encounters

"I am a very lucky woman to work in a job I love!  It is brilliant to see the transforming power of drama, and to support people in using theatre to voice issues, which are important to them. I never expected to win an award for my work, so winning the Creative Choices award is a lovely validation of what I do."

Sheree Vickers, SAVVY Theatre Company

"I am truly delighted to have been given this award. It can often feel like you're working in isolation, but the event was quite special in bringing people from all over the UK together, showing that we are all fighting the same battles and sharing the same passions."

Outstanding Music Academic Partnership Graduate

Brendan Johnson

Outstanding Music Academic Partnership Graduate: Special Mention

Satin Chousmer-Howelles

Outstanding Music Academic Partnership Graduate award

The 2017 Skills Awards also featured UK Music's hugely successful Outstanding MAP Graduate awards (the OMGs for short), founded in 2016. The Music Academic Partnership (MAP) is a groundbreaking collaboration between HE institutions and the Music Industry and the OMGs celebrate the very best graduates from these institutions.

All nominees made outstanding contributions to the music industry in a relatively short time since graduation, across a range of diverse areas. The shortlist for the inaugural awards in 2016 included: a composer, a data analyst, a producer for the BBC, a technician, an events promoter / entrepreneur, and a community worker / music teacher.

"UK Music is especially pleased to bring the OMGs into the Skills Awards and feel an event such as this offers a fantastic opportunity to not only celebrate the best of the talent coming through MAP universities but also to share these inspirational stories with a wider audience – perhaps encouraging others to pursue a career in music themselves!"

For more info on UK Music, MAP or the OMGs please contact [email protected] - Director of Education & Skills.

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