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Culture Awards: Gateshead artist reveals the trophies which the winners will be taking home

Corinne Lewis-Ward won a £1,000 commission, sponsored by Historic England, to create the bespoke trophies for the Culture Awards

Artist Corinne Lewis-Ward who has created the Culture Award trophies at the Sage, Gateshead
Artist Corinne Lewis-Ward who has created the Culture Award trophies at the Sage, Gateshead

As anticipation reaches fever pitch among the finalists for The Journal Culture Awards 2014, we can at last reveal the trophies that all the winners will be taking home on Tuesday night.

In all, 16 awards will be given out during the annual ceremony which recognises the cream of the North East when it comes to culture.

And what better way to reward this effort, than with a great piece of custom-created art?

Earlier in the year we put a call out for artists to submit proposals for a £1,000 trophies commission, sponsored by Historic England (formerly English Heritage).

And after going through all the entries Gateshead artist Corinne Lewis-Ward’s submission was eventually chosen - and she was only too pleased to show off the finished product yesterday.

She said: “I was really honoured and excited to be selected as the artist to create the Culture Award trophies.

“I have been aware of the opportunity for many years now, and I have applied for the opportunity before but I was unsuccessful. So to be successful this time was wonderful.

“The brief that was set for the trophies was the changing heritage of the North East. And I thought what better way to demonstrate this than to use the powerful architectural structure and awesome engineering of the bridge.”

Artist Corinne Lewis-Ward who has created the Culture Award trophies at the Sage, Gateshead

Once she had decided on using bridges as her core theme, Corinne, 40, who came to the North East to study in the late nineties and never left, said it was tough to choose which ones would feature.

“Selecting the bridges was tricky because we are so lucky to have some real beauties in the North East,” she said.

“I wanted to choose bridges that had a rich heritage, but I also wanted to choose a bridge that is really a product of its time and hadn’t been built yet.

“So the New Wear Bridge was the perfect choice.

“I have selected four bridges of the North East, The Tyne Bridge, The Transporter Bridge, The Berwick Viaduct and The New Wear Bridge as the central focus for the trophies.”

In terms of the creative process, Corinne said she began by digitally designing the awards, arranging the composition so that the finished piece worked as a 3D object. The design was then laser cut, etched and hand stained.

She said: “I have tried to create a precious object using new technology that will hopefully mark the Culture Awards 2014 as a truly unique and special occasion.

“I am really thrilled that my work will reward creatives in the North East. It is a very proud and special moment for me.

“My hope is that the trophies will bring each recipient great pleasure and pride.”

Artist Corinne Lewis-Ward who has created the Culture Award trophies at the Sage, Gateshead

The Journal Culture Awards take place at Sunderland Minster on Tuesday.

All the action will be live blogged at www.thejournal.co.uk/cultureawards

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