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The Journal Culture Awards: Calling all artists - you could be making this year's trophies

This is a call out for artists to submit proposals to win this year's £1,000 commission for Culture Awards trophies

The awards trophies made by Janet Rogers from Crushed Chilly Gallerie, Durham
The awards trophies made by Janet Rogers from Crushed Chilly Gallerie, Durham

Following the announcement that The Journal Culture Awards 2014 will be held on June 30, 2015, in the very beautiful Sunderland Minster, it’s time to get cracking with the next entry on our to do list: The Trophies.

As regular followers of the awards will be aware, every year The Journal commissions a North East-based artist to make the bespoke trophies across all 15 award categories.

In the past, the commission has gone to artists working in media including printmaking, glass, metal and ceramics. But what will the winners be attempting to fit in their duffle bags at the end of proceedings this year?

Well that, our creative friends, is where you come in.

Rachel Unthank with her award made by William Pym for Artist of the Year
Rachel Unthank with her award made by William Pym for Artist of the Year

Today we put out a call to North East artists to follow in the footsteps of William Pym, Christine Constant, Julia Roxburgh, Bridget Jones, Anja Percival, Helena Seget and Janet Rogers whose wonderful and unique ‘trophies’ have graced previous Culture Awards ceremonies.

William Pym’s elaborate metalwork mementos were received by the winners of the Culture Awards for 2006 and 2007. Ceramicists Christine Constant and Julia Roxburgh provided beautiful and distinctive pieces for the 2008 and 2009 winners respectively; glass artist and print-maker Bridget Jones made a print for the 2010 winners; Durham print-maker Anja Percival did the honours for the 2011 winners; Newcastle-based ceramic artist Helena Seget made porcelain maps of the North East; and last year glass artist Janet Rogers made colourful glass plates too good to eat your dinner off.

Awards will be presented in the following categories: Visual Artist of the Year; Performance of the Year; Performing Artist of the Year; Newcomer of the Year; Writer of the Year; North East Museum Award; Arts Council Award; Best Arts & Business Partnership; Best Events Tyneside; Northumberland; Sunderland; Durham; and Teesside; Best Overall Event (selected from the five sub-regional event winners); and Special Contribution to Arts and Culture in the North East.

Max Roberts - artistic director Live Theatre picks up his Special Contribution Award
Max Roberts - artistic director Live Theatre picks up his Special Contribution Award

The trophy commission has been sponsored by Historic England (formerly English Heritage).

Carol Pyrah, planning and conservation director, Historic England, said: “Historic England is delighted to support the Culture Awards. Our heritage is what makes North East England distinctive and it is an integral part of its culture. The ability of historic buildings and places to be reinterpreted and reinvented keeps it alive and relevant to those who live and work here today.

“What better way could there be to celebrate our region, and the new Historic England, than through commissioning this new creative response to the North East’s history for this year’s Culture Award winners.”

So, onwards to the brief.

We are looking for proposals from North East-based artists working in any medium to create a contemporary work reflecting the fact that heritage is constantly reinvented to remain relevant.

Culture Awards 2008 - The Futureheads with their award for Performing Artist of the Year
Culture Awards 2008 - The Futureheads with their award for Performing Artist of the Year

The pieces can be:

Inspired by or a creative response to a historic building from the North East (whether an iconic structure such as the Transporter Bridge, Lindisfarne Castle, the Byker Wall or day-to-day buildings like the distinctive Sunderland Miners cottages);

OR

Made using traditional skill or technique - keeping in mind that the resulting piece needs to be a contemporary work.

Any artist wishing to submit a proposal must do so by midnight on Sunday, May 24 and should be prepared to deliver the trophies by June 23. The application form can be found below. For further information, email jennifer.lee@trinitymirror.com or call 0191 201 6092.

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