Northern Ireland Awards 2018 - winners!
The Creative & Cultural Skills Northern Ireland Awards 2018 was held in leadership college North West Regional College on 6 December. We heard from a range of fantastic speakers and announced this year’s winners.
The winners of the Creative & Cultural Skills Northern Ireland Awards 2018 were announced at a special ceremony on 6 December.
The event was hosted at North West Regional College and creative students were involved in multiple parts of the event, including the stage set-up, sound, lighting and filming. There were also performances from music students at the college, and music students from Belfast Metropolitan College, and dance students from North West.
The event was compered by actress and comedian Nuala McKeever.
The industry panel featured creative consultant Suzanne Doyle, band manager Mark Holden and musician Hannah Richardson. Suzanne spoke about her time working and touring the world with U2, “The first day in that office I felt like I belonged.”
She emphasised the importance of hard work for young people entering the industry: “Be respectful, be mannerly and work hard - even if it’s not your dream job”
Be respectful, be mannerly and work hard - even if it’s not your dream job
Attendees also had the chance to hear from a young person’s panel, of young creatives who are working in the creative industries. The panel featured music producer Matthew McCracken, videographer Tomala White and artist Sarah Smith.
"There's so much opportunity at the college", said Tomala White, who attended North West Regional College. All the young people emphasised the importance of taking all the chances you are given.
"Networking is really important,” said Matthew, “When I was younger I used to think that was through networking events, but really I just network by getting involved in projects”
The Creative & Cultural Skills Northern Ireland Awards are vital to supporting growth and development in the creative industries
The Awards ceremony was a great chance to celebrate the creative talent which is flourishing across Northern Ireland. The judges said “Ours is the fastest growing sector, but in some ways the most underappreciated and undervalued. This needs to change. We need to promote ourselves and sing our own praises”
“The Creative & Cultural Skills Northern Ireland Awards are vital to supporting growth and development in the creative industries.”
Northern Ireland Creative Industry Skills Award
Sian O'Neill and Charlene Hegarty, Oh Yeah Music Centre
Highly Commended: Aine Dolan, Grand Opera House
Northern Ireland Creative Tutor Award
Thomas Scott and Alan McCracken, Belfast Metropolitan College
Highly Commended: Carie Logue Houston
Northern Ireland Education & Industry Collaborative Project Award
Clare Skelton and David Corscadden, Princes Trust and Bauer Academy
Highly Commended: Julie Ferguson and Gwynneth Cockcroft, Belfast Metropolitan College and Tayto
Northern Ireland Apprentice of the Year Award
Fionnuala Cush, Culturlann
Northern Ireland Intern of the Year Award
Meabh Rooney, NI Science Festival AND Erin McClean, Young at Art
Northern Ireland Creative Student Award
Ethan Kelly, North West Regional College
Highly Commended: Ryan Rafferty and Stacey Burns, Belfast Metropolitan College