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The Journal Culture Awards 2014 - nominations are now open

The ceremony will once again reward, recognise and showcase the best of North East's cultural output - in fantastic fashion

During the past eight years, The Journal Culture Awards have become an important date in the North East’s cultural calendar, rewarding and recognising the rich tapestry of talent and work displayed by the region’s creative community.

Today, we’re delighted to launch the awards which will recognise the best of the wealth of culture which was available for public consumption in 2014.

While the details of the actual ceremony remain tightly under wraps (Northern Stage, The Gala Theatre, Durham, Durham Cathedral and Sage Gateshead have all hosted the event in the past), we’re more than happy to shout loudly about how you can nominate the things and people who you think deserve to win.

As in previous years, we’re relying on you to take a few minutes out of your day to nominate all the all the North East-grown theatre productions, concerts, performances and performers, exhibitions, museums, events, books and artists you experienced and loved in 2014. (OK, it may take more than a few minutes, when you look at it like that.)

Although we’re lucky enough to get out and see so much of the wonderful stuff which is produced, exhibited and performed in the North East - there are only so many hours in the day, so your nominations really do expand the focus of the awards and make a difference.

Stuart Birkett, managing director, NCJMedia, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that we are announcing today that we will be running The Journal Culture Awards once again.

“The Journal and its partners play an important role at the heart of the vibrant cultural and artistic scene in the North East, a scene that is awash with cultural excellence.

“These awards are about recognising the very best achievements and talent throughout 2014, not just the biggest and best shows or venues, but also the top grass-roots and community achievements. I look forward to a flood of nominations.”

Past winners since the awards debuted in 2006 have spanned the arts and entertainment spectrum.

They include musicians Kathryn Tickell and Hannabiell Sanders; comedians Jason Cook and Sarah Millican; actor Joe Caffrey; bands Rachel Unthank and the Winterset (now The Unthanks), The Futureheads and Frankie and the Heartstrings; The Royal Northern Sinfonia and The People’s Theatre; visual artist Laura Lancaster, Durham light festival Lumière, writers David Almond, Chris Mullin, Paddy Campbell and Richard Milward, and The Durham Book Festival.

Nominations for the 2014 awards, which recognise work and events which took place or came to public attention between January 1 and December 31, 2014, will be open HERE until March 15, 2015.


The awards are open to anyone who has made a significant contribution to the North East cultural landscape in 2014.

Anyone can nominate an individual or an event for consideration. Nominations will be considered from audience members or even from performers or arts organisations themselves.

Once the nominations are collected (the closing date will be February 28, 2015), a judging panel will select a long list, and then a shortlist, before choosing the winner and two finalists in each category, except the Special Contribution award which has only one recipient. Fifteen bespoke trophies will be presented in the following categories for The Journal Culture Awards 2014:


This award recognises a North East-based artist whose work has left a lasting impression on you in 2014. This nomination could be for one particular piece of an individual’s work or an exhibition/showcase of their talents.


This award is for a group or company who you have seen or heard in 2014. Has a performance in the North East raised the hairs on the back of your neck, moved or inspired you? If the answer is yes we want to hear about it. Examples could include dance, music, stage/theatre or comedy productions.


This award will recognise an individual performer who has stood out during 2014. We’re welcoming nominations for actors, dancers, musicians, singers, spoken word artists and comedians. Nominations can be for one stand out performance which got your attention or for a collection of performances throughout the year.


This award is to recognise any North East based writer, artist, performer or visual artist who has exhibited, performed or been brought to the public’s attention for the first time during 2014.


This award will recognise an author, playwright, screenwriter or poet who has had some outstanding work published or performed during 2014.


This award recognises innovative and excellent interpretation in a project developed by an accredited North East museum or gallery in 2014. In particular, judges will be looking for projects that reveal collections in a new light and inspire and delight visitors.


Great Art and Culture Inspires. Arts Council would like nominations for an arts or cultural event or piece of work that has inspired you this year - either as an individual, in your community or in the place where you live. It might be something you’ve seen or been to as an audience member or it might be something that you or your friends and family took part in. We’re interested in a huge range of work – for example an event or an outdoor performance, perhaps something in a library or a museum or maybe an artwork that has inspired you. As part of your nomination we’d like you to tell us why your suggestion has had such an impact on you.


This award is to recognise an outstanding business/arts partnership, which has demonstrated an innovative way of working together to achieve respective goals.


Have you been to a locally organised event in 2014, which you think was worthy of an award? This award recognises large and small scale events, festivals and exhibitions within the sub-regions of: Teesside, Sunderland, Durham, Tyneside and Northumberland.

The winners of each category qualify for the shortlist in the Overall North East Event of the Year award.


This award will reward an individual who has made a significant contribution to the North East’s cultural scene.

To nominate, CLICK HERE and fill out the form


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