Creative & Cultural Skills Awards 2019: Shortlist announced!

 13 February 2019

Creative individuals and organisations from across the UK have been shortlisted in the annual Creative & Cultural Skills Awards. Nominees come from a wide range of creative industries, including theatre, dance, music, film and heritage.

Buy your ticket to the Creative & Cultural Skills Awards 2019.

The annual Creative & Cultural Skills Awards, which were launched in 2012, celebrates 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.

Winners will be announced in Cardiff on 1 April at a special dinner and ceremony in the National Museum Cardiff. The awards ceremony follows the annual National Conference, which features senior leaders from various organisations, from the Chair of the Arts Council Wales to the Head of Diversity and Inclusion at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Simon Dancey, Creative & Cultural Skills CEO, said “This year we had a record number of nominations, and the judges were blown away by the quality of the candidates.

“Seeing the vast range of talent across the UK, and the commitment shown by so many to building a skilled, representative future workforce, has confirmed to me the value of these awards. This is an opportunity for us to come together and celebrate the fantastic work being done by so many unsung heroes of the cultural sector."

This year the awards include two new categories; Mentor of the Year and Employer of the Year.

Tickets for the Awards, and for the National Conference, can be purchased online and special combinations rates are available. 

Shortlist 2019

Apprentice of the Year Awards

The Apprentice of the Year Award celebrates apprentices working in the creative and cultural sector who have shown exceptional commitment and ambition to learn new skills.

  • Fionnuala Cush – Cultúrlann, Belfast
  • Kamiah Cowell and Ahuti Punja – London Transport Museum
  • Sophie Hukin – SharpFutures, Manchester
  • Mateusz Pacan – Ticketmaster, London

Intern of the Year Award

The Intern of the Year Award celebrates paid interns working in the creative and cultural sector who have shown exceptional commitment and ambition to learn new skills.

  • Grace Duggan - Studio 3 Arts, Barking
  • Kerry Fitzsimmons – Lyric Theatre, Belfast
  • Nancy Turner - Culture Central, Birmingham
  • Jack Lendon – Protégé, London

Creative Choices Award

The Creative Choices Award celebrates those who have shown continued excellence in breaking down the barriers to entry in the creative and cultural sector. This is one of our most popular awards and celebrates the great work done by the unsung heroes in our industry.

  • Bubble Young Theatre Makers Team - London Bubble Theatre, London
  • Clare Skelton and David Corscadden – Joint project run by Prince’s Trust NI and Bauer Academy, Belfast
  • Museums Galleries Scotland – Edinburgh
  • Oska Bright Film Festival Team - Oska Bright Film Festival, Brighton
  • Think22 – Drake Music, London

Training Provider of the Year Award

This 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.

The Training Provider of the Year Award is exclusive to members of the National Skills Academy Creative and Cultural

  • Belfast Met Film & Television School. – Belfast Metropolitan College
  • Creative & Cultural Industries Team - Barking and Dagenham College
  • Creative and Media Department – Havering College
  • Creative Industries - City of Wolverhampton College

Mentor of the Year Award

The Mentor of the Year celebrates an individual working in the creative and cultural sector who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to enabling young people gain skills and opportunities.

  • Fanny Guesdon and Matthew Ross - Young Arts Fundraisers, London, Yorkshire and South West
  • Jason Camilleri - Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
  • Sian O Neill and Charlene Hegarty – Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast

Employer of the Year Award

The Employer of the Year Award celebrates a business, great or small, in the creative and cultural sector, who has shown innovation or continued commitment to developing the skills of its workforce.

  • Rubicon Dance – Cardiff
  • Skills & Training Team - Manchester International Festival, Manchester
  • White Light Ltd – London

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