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Could you create the trophies for this year's Culture Awards?

The Journal Culture Awards annually reward the best of the North East's creative community. But before the winners are decided, we need someone to make the trophies. Sam Wonfor explains and invites your ideas


When we first sat down to discuss the details of the inaugural Journal Culture Awards, we decided that in every way the event should be a showcase for the region’s creative talent.

Of course, awards ceremonies do this by definition... I mean we’re not going to be giving out 15 trophies to rubbish stuff are we?

But we wanted to go a step further than merely putting the winners on a pedestal.

Hence every ceremony since the first in 2007 has boasted a bill of entertainment straight out of the top drawer, including the likes of The Unthanks, The Futureheads, Sharks Took the Rest, balletLorent, Bad Taste Cru, The Lindisfarne Story and too many more to mention.

In addition, every year we have commissioned a North East-based artist or craft maker to create the trophies which the deserving winners get to take home along with their bespoke, framed cover of the Culture magazine.

And this year is no different.

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 and Helena Seget 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; while last year all the category top dogs took home Newcastle-based ceramic artist Helena Seget’s porcelain maps of the North East after the ceremony honouring the achievements of 2012.

Helena was the first artist to be chosen following an open call for proposals and we were so impressed with the standard of submissions that we wanted to repeate the exercise.

The brief, as ever, is to create a bespoke design to use as the main award to be presented to the winners of the 2013 Culture Awards at the ceremony in Hall One of Sage Gateshead on April 16.

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 (for a truly excellent piece of work);

Best Arts & Business Partnership;

Best Event Tyneside;

Best Event Northumberland;

Best Event Sunderland;

Best Event Durham;

Best Event Teesside;

Best Overall Event (selected from the five sub-regional event winners);

Special Contribution to Arts and Culture in the North East.

Any artist wishing to submit a proposal must do so by midnight on Wednesday, March 5.

For any further information, or if you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Luckley on 0191 201 6092 or email rebecca.luckley@trinitymirror.com

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