Creative & Cultural Skills Northern Ireland Awards 2018 take place in North West Regional College

 6 December 2018

The Creative & Cultural Skills Northern Ireland Awards 2018 are taking place today (6 December) in leadership college, North West Regional College (NWRC).

The Northern Ireland Awards celebrate creative talent across the country.
The Northern Ireland Awards celebrate creative talent across the country.

The day will feature performances from music and dance students, and film showreels, from Belfast Metropolitan College (Belfast Met) and from NWRC.   

Hosted by comedienne and actress Nuala McKeever, the day will be a celebration of creative talent across Northern Ireland, and the educators and employers working to develop skills for the future.

The Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme (NI CEP) is being celebrated too, as the programme reaches its third and final year. The NI CEP programme was designed to create paid internships and apprenticeships in creative organisations throughout Northern Ireland. After creating 89 positions, the first of its apprentices have now gained their qualifications, and have been invited to the ceremony to receive their certificates.

Industry voices

As well as the awards presentation, there will be an in-conversation piece with musician Hannah Richardson, band manager Mark Holden and creative consultant Suzanne Doyle, who has 30 years’ experience of working in the international music industry.

Attendees will also have the chance to hear from the young person’s panel, featuring young creatives who have recently left education to develop their creative careers.

Six awards categories are due to be announced, and the full shortlist is listed below. The event will be live tweeted from @CCSkills so follow the hashtag #CreativeNationUK to find out the results. 


Northern Ireland Creative Industry Skills Award

David Corscadden, Bauer Academy
Aine Dolan,Grand Opera House
Sian O'Neill and Charlene Hegarty, Oh Yeah Music Centre

Northern Ireland Creative Tutor Award

Brian McMahon, South West Regional College
Thomas Scott and Alan McCracken, Belfast Metropolitan College
Carie Logue Houston, North West Regional College
Peter Ferris, Mercy College

Northern Ireland Education & Industry Collaborative Project Award

Clare Skelton and David Corscadden, Princes Trust and Bauer Academy
Patricia Dickson and Fashion Team and Jane McCann, Belfast Metropolitan College and Linen Biennale
Julie Ferguson and Gwynneth Cockcroft, Belfast Metropolitan College and Tayto

Northern Ireland Apprentice of the Year Award

Una McKeague, Grand Opera House
Fionnuala Cush, Culturlann
Nathan Jones, Crescent Arts Centre

Northern Ireland Intern of the Year Award

Rebekah Davis, Belfast Film Festival
Meabh Rooney, NI Science Festival
Erin McClean, Young at Art
Erin Moore, Young at Art

Northern Ireland Creative Student Award

Ryan Rafferty, Belfast Metropolitan College
Stacey Burns, Belfast Metropolitan College
Ben Graham, North West Regional College
Ethan Kelly, North West Regional College

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