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Finalists chosen for The Journal Culture Awards 2012

The Journal Culture Awards 2012 have booked a rather special venue to celebrate the best of the region’s cultural achievements.

Durham Castle and Cathedral
Durham Castle and Cathedral
Culture Awards 2012

NOMINATIONS have been sifted, longlists have been studied and we are today revealing the finalists for The Journal Culture Awards 2012.

Selected across 15 categories, the shortlisted artists, performances, events and projects offered the best kind of challenge to the assembled judging panel. Everyone was very thankful there was free-flowing coffee all afternoon.

The nominees will now be invited to take their place at the sparkling awards ceremony at Durham Cathedral on the evening of April 22 to find out who has won what.

And anyone else who buys a ticket can come along too.

We are delighted to be able to invite a bigger crowd along to the event, which for the past six years has recognised and rewarded the cream of the North East’s culture contingent.

Having booked the world heritage site confines of Durham Cathedral for the evening, we can’t wait to fill it with hundreds of people keen to show their support for the region’s arts and culture community – all the while enjoying a bill of entertainment taken squarely from the top drawer, of course.

Hosted by Pitmen Painters and current George Gently actor Chris Connel, the night of celebration will also be peppered with well-known faces who will be lining up to present the awards to the very deserving winners.

Meanwhile, on stage Sunderland quartet The Futureheads will be leading the tuneful charge, recreating a memorable a capella performance in the historic venue from last year, which you’ll notice has bagged them a Best Event Durham nomination.

They will be joined by extracted musical tales from The Lindisfarne Story, which will be staged in full at Newcastle City Hall in June as part of the buzz-creating Festival of the North East. Featuring former members of the folk group which sewed itself into the heritage and hearts of the region over more than three decades, Ray Laidlaw and Billy Mitchell and their assembled band of musicians will share some classic tracks and stories from the Lindisfarne back catalogue and diary.

Trust us when we tell you there are some additional and very special performances still to be announced, which will tick, cross the Ts and rubber stamp more music, dance, theatre and sheer excitement boxes ... so keep your eyes on The Journal and the @culturemag twitter feed in the coming days and weeks for more information.

For now though, please enjoy taking in the runners and riders for The Journal Culture Awards 2012.

THE FINALISTS

ARTS COUNCIL AWARD
Songs from the Shipyards, The Unthanks and Richard Fenwick
A Sign in Space, part of BRASS, the Durham International Festival
Space Invasion, Northern Film and Media and Generator

BEST ARTS & BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP
Northumbria University and New Writing North for the New Writers’ Award
Port of Tyne and Michael Chaplin for Tyne View
Banks Group and Blagdon Estate for Northumberlandia

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Mariam Rezaei (Performance Artist)
Barbara Heslop (Actress)
Northern Stage – St Stephen’s Project

PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Rapunzel, BalletLorent, Gala Theatre Durham
The Price of Everything, Daniel Bye at Northern Stage, Newcastle
The Tin Ring, the Lit and Phil, Newcastle

PERFORMING ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Hannabiell Saunders (musician)
The Cornshed Sisters (music)
Martin Hylton (dancer)

RENAISSANCE MUSEUMS AWARD
Curious Case of ... Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle
Beadwork Journeys, Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
Train Carriages, Bellingham Heritage Centre

VISUAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Richard Rigg
Kelly Richardson
Edmund Francis

WRITER OF THE YEAR
Jason Cook
Lee Mattinson
Ann Cleeves

BEST EVENT DURHAM
A Sign in Space, part of BRASS, the Durham International Festival
Brass and Vamos: Keep Your Hat On!
The Futureheads at Durham Cathedral

BEST EVENT NORTHUMBERLAND
Peace Camp, Dunstanburgh
Teacups, Zebras and Dancing Kaisers, Wallington, November Club
The Great Boxing Booth Revival, Corbridge County Show

BEST EVENT SUNDERLAND
Legion – Kelly Richardson, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art
Field Music @ Independent, Sunderland
Undress: Redress, Washington Arts Centre

BEST EVENT TEESSIDE
Africa Express
AV Festival Launch, mima
Pacific Journey – Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough

BEST EVENT TYNESIDE
Whitley Bay Film Festival
Gift – Gateshead International Festival of Theatre
Flowmill

BEST OVERALL EVENT
To be announced on the night.

SPECIAL CONTRIBUTION TO NORTH EAST ARTS AND CULTURE
To be announced on the night.

TICKETS FOR EVENT ARE SELLING FAST

THE Culture Awards 2012 promises to be a memorable celebration of the North East’s world-class cultural offering. Taking place on April 22 at Durham Cathedral, the evening’s main event will feature performances from The Futureheads and The Lindisfarne Story, together with many other top-class acts still to be announced.

The gathering, for the first time taking place in the stunning confines of the world heritage site, will offer a chance to celebrate and show unwavering support for the region’s creative community ... as well as enjoy a night of great entertainment and shoulder-rubbing with the cream of the North East culture contingent.

Tickets are on sale now – but selling fast – from www.mycultureclub.co.uk/tickets

To buy tickets over the phone or for any other inquiries, contact Ashleigh Smithson on 0191 201 6092.

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