Culture Awards 2013: Find out who the richly deserving winners are

The Journal Culture Awards took place in style at the Sage Gateshead on last night, recognising the region's artistic community

Kate Fox at The Journal Culture Awards 2013
Kate Fox at The Journal Culture Awards 2013

Our rich tapestry of North East culture was royally rewarded last night at The Journal Culture Awards 2013.

Sage Gateshead was the place to be for anyone with an interest in the region’s artistic community – and you’d struggle to find anyone who doesn’t fit into that particular pigeon hole judging by the hundreds of people who came out to applaud the very best of what had been created in the North East last year.

Watch a video featuring all 36 of the evening's nominees, with accompanying music from The Mighty Doonans who also performed live on the night.


It was the eighth such ceremony and the first to be held in Gateshead.

Wet House – Paddy Campbell’s play which was produced as part of Live Theatre’s 40th birthday celebrations, was the evening’s big winner. While Paddy picked up the award for Writer of the Year, actor Joe Caffrey beat off strong competition from Kathryn Williams and Lake Poet, Martin Longstaff – to be crowned Performing Artist of the Year for his turns as the unforgettable Dinger in Wet House and Dad in Lee Hall’s Cooking With Elvis, which returned to its Live Theatre stomping ground, as part of the birthday celebrations.


Not only that, but the dark comedy, which was set in a hostel for alcoholics, also scooped the Performance of the Year award.

Another big win on the night came in the form of the Special Contribution award, popularly bestowed on the Royal Northern Sinfonia, in recognition of the orchestra’s place in the region’s cultural landscape.

When it came to the performances on the bill, the audience were truly spoiled. Folk collective The Mighty Doonans kicked things off in suitable style and were quickly followed by performance poet and Journal columnist, Kate Fox, who had kindly written a bespoke poem – featuring all 36 finalists. To read the poem and see more pictures from the awards, CLICK HERE.

The Lake Poets – the musical identity of Sunderland singer/songwriter Martin Longstaff – made sure the first half would live long in the memory with a set featuring tracks including Shipyards and North View.

Fellow Wearsiders, Frankie and the Heartstrings, who also took home the award for Newcomer of the Year for their Pop Recs Ltd venture in Sunderland, opened up the second half, while Mercury Music Prize nominee, Kathryn Williams brought the evening to a close, ensuring all in attendance went home Dancing in the Dark – and feeling grateful for living in a place which has this kind of talent on its doorstep.

If you want to relive the evening, CLICK HERE where you can still find the live blog


Visual Artist of the Year, sponsored by See It Do It Sunderland
Cecilia Stenbom

Performance of the Year, sponsored by Barbour
Wet House

Performing Artist of the Year, sponsored by Port of Tyne
Joe Caffrey

Newcomer of the Year, sponsored by Sage Gateshead
Pop Recs Ltd

Writer of the Year, sponsored by UK Land Estates
Paddy Campbell

North East Museum Award, sponsored by the Great North Run
Bridie Jackson & the Arbour at Woodhorn

Best Arts & Business Partnership, sponsored by Auckland Castle
SCA & Wideyed

Arts Council Award
Foghorn Requiem

Best Event Tyneside
Iron Age Festival

Best Event Northumberland
Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

Best Event Sunderland
Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences

Best Event Durham
Lindisfarne Gospels

Best Event Teesside
Festival of Thrift

Best Overall Event sponsored by Ward Hadaway
Lindisfarne Gospels

Special Contribution Award
The Royal Northern Sinfonia

:: Click here to read Kate Fox's poem and see more pictures from the awards


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