Scotland is at the cutting edge of cultural talent having enjoyed decades of success in art, music, drama and dance. From T in The Park and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to Celtic Connections, Scotland is bursting with cultural events all year round with a host of successful artists receiving recognition nationally and internationally.
The Sunday Herald has decided to highlight the talent of these artists and the quality of cultural events in Scotland. These new awards will recognise the very best of Scottish culture, as well as the up and coming artists and groups who catch our judging panel’s eyes and ears.
The awards have now taken place for 2016, many thanks to our partners, finalists and winners for your support.
For more information on the 2017 awards please contact Lyndsay Wilson (email@example.com) on 0141 302 7407.
studying in Edinburgh and across the world. We are professional, ambitious, innovative and inclusive and we develop our students through personalised learning and find solutions to societal problems through our world-leading research.
We offer industry-informed courses combining theory and practice, many with work-related experience built in, equipping our graduates for success in today’s competitive global job market. In fact, 95.2% of our graduates are in jobs or further study six months after graduating.
Our School of Arts & Creative Industries was established more than three decades ago and is one of the premier centres for creative arts education in Scotland. Covering a range of disciplines from music, design and acting to English and journalism, we’re also home to Screen Academy Scotland – a collaboration with Edinburgh College of Art which is dedicated to fostering future film-makers and script-writers. Since it was established in 2005, Screen Academy Scotland has helped more than 200 writers, directors, producers and animators make their mark on the page, on the set and on the screen, including a recent win at the BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards.
We have close links with the city’s festival scene too; not only are we the biggest provider of festival and events education in Scotland, but all 12 directors of the city’s key annual festivals teach on our courses as Visiting Professors.
First of all … what’s Scottish?
For the purpose of these awards it’s anyone working on a Scottish production or anyone based or born in Scotland working anywhere in the world.
Professor Janice Kirkpatrick
Janice Kirkpatrick OBE, DLitt, BA (Hons), MDes, FRSA, D&AD
Co-founder of Graven and Creative Director, Janice Kirkpatrick is a designer with 30 years’ professional experience. She is an accomplished team leader, facilitator, educationalist, writer and broadcaster.
In addition to being a graphic designer Janice frequently leads brand (identity) projects and oversees all aspects of creative development and project management. She is an experienced communicator as well as being an energetic collaborator and a team player who excels in supporting and developing others within the creative and cultural sector.
Janice is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art, achieving BA(Hons) 1stclass in 1984 and also winning the Newberry Medal, its highest accolade. She was awarded an M.Des in 1986 followed by Visiting Professorship. She was awarded an honorary D.Litt from the University of Glasgow in 2014. She is a Member of Designers & Art Directors, a Fellow of the RSA and she was awarded an OBE in 2014 for services to Graphic Design.
Janice is committed to promoting design and creative education. She has been a Governor and Vice-Chairman of Glasgow School of Art, a Trustee of NESTA (the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts), a Trustee and Chairman of The Lighthouse: Scotland’s International Centre for Architecture, Design and the City) and she has been a member of various Creative Industries advisory panels for the British Council and both the Westminster and Scottish parliaments.
Janice is currently a member of the Advisory Committee for V&A Dundee. She is a member of the Academy of Urbanism. Janice frequently publishes and lectures on brand related topics and she is currently working on a project to preserve the traditions of Clydesdale Horse Decoration supported by the William Grant Foundation and British Horse Society.
Janice co-founded Graven with her architect husband, Ross Hunter, in 1986. The design consultancy is an industry-acknowledged expert in all aspects of branding and has an extensive international track record in brand creation (including organizational identity development), transformation, evaluation and implementation across all dimensions – from websites to visual brands and interiors – for a range of clients including government organisations, private sector companies including start-ups, third sector organisations and global corporations. The company is also a specialist in place-branding. Graven also creates and hosts workshops and masterclasses for clients and their stakeholders.
Janice has lead branding and design projects for public and private sector organisations. She was Creative Director for the new name and visual and environmental brand for Elevator – a business support services organisation in NE Scotland and has evolved the famous Harris Tweed Orb mark and labels and created associated brand guidelines for the Harris Tweed Association. Place branding projects for North Staffordshire, Lanarshire and Perthshire. She has lead the design of many building, place and venue signage projects including external, internal, wayfinding, information, interpretative and statutory signage for clients and projects including Glasgow’s Merchant City, Emirates Arena and the redevelopment of Kelvin Hall, Royal Bank of Scotland retail banks, BA Lounges, Radisson and Missoni Hotels. She is an experienced curator and has led many exhibition projects including for the V&A, National Museums of Scotland and Design Museum (she was a Conran Foundation Archive Collector) and international travelling exhibitions for the British Council and UKTI.
Janice also co-created and co-delivers a three-year programme of brand masterclasses for Highlands & Islands Enterprise.and has created ‘BuildMyBrand®’ in collaboration with with Lesley Thomson from Spreng Thomson, a bespoke brand-building process that has been successfully implemented in over 100 businesses and organisations.
Alan Bissett is an award-winning novelist, playwright and performer from Falkirk. His novels include Boyracers and Death of a Ladies Man, and his most well-known plays are The Pure, the Dead and the Brilliant and his ‘one-woman show’ The Moira Monologues, which returns to the Edinburgh Fringe this year. He is currently working on plays about Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett and ex-Rangers manager, Graeme Souness.
For 20 years Roddy Woomble has fronted Idlewild, one of Scotland’s most enduring and popular bands. As well as the eight studio albums he has made with Idlewild he has also released four solo albums. Idlewild have toured worldwide as a headline act, and also supporting the liles of U2, REM, The Rolling Stones and Peral Jam.
Pauline Miller Judd
Pauline Miller Judd is Dean of Arts & Creative Industries at Edinburgh Napier University.
Pauline started her career in stage management and technical theatre, graduating from Guildford School of Acting in 1984. She enjoyed a varied freelance career with a range of companies including: the National Theatre; The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester; The Old Vic; Shared Experience; Temba; The Queen’s Hall; and South Bank Centre. Building on this, Pauline became a freelance arts manager working with a number of small scale drama, dance and visual arts companies, including Oracle Productions at Holland Park’s Open Air Theatre and the X Factor Dance Company. Pauline also moved into events management and worked with Plus 1 Event Services for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1991 World Student Games in Sheffield.
A year later she moved to Scotland to become Administrative Director of the Scottish Youth Dance Festival (now YDance), and in 1994 she made the move into higher education by joining Queen Margaret College teaching stage management and arts management. In 2003, she became Head of Production & Cultural Management in the School of Drama & Creative Industries at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. Pauline then joined Edinburgh Napier University in 2009 as Associate Head of School, becoming Head of School in 2010 and taking on the role of Dean in 2015.
Ruth Wishart is a journalist and broadcaster who chairs the Dewar Arts Awards and is a member of the Creative Scotland board. Previously she has been chair of the CCA in Glasgow, and Glasgow Common Purpose. She also served two terms as a trustee of the National Galleries of Scotland, and was a Governor of the Glasgow School of Art.
Neil Mackay, Editor, Sunday Herald
He is multi-award winning investigative journalist, a radio broadcaster, film-maker and author. His books include a non-fiction account of the Iraq War called The War on Truth, and two novels All the Little Guns Went Bang Bang Bang, and The Wolf Trial.
David Hayman was born in Glasgow and first started his working life as an apprentice in a Glasgow Engineering Yard. After studying at the RSAMD he spent the first 10 years of his career as a founder member of the infamous Citizens Theatre Company under Giles Havergal, Philip Prouse and David Macdonald playing such roles as Hamlet, Troilus, Nijinsky, Lady Macbeth, Al Capone, Petrucio, Figaro,Bosola and, among many others, Mother Goose. At the Citz he Directed Romeo and Juliet, His own adaptation of Thyestes, and Elizabeth!.
He co starred with Jude Law and Ruth Wilson at the Donmar in the Olivier Award winning, ‘Anna Christie’. He recently played ‘King Lear’ in the highly acclaimed, sell out production on his return to the Citz.
He played Jimmy Boyle in ‘A Sense of Freedom’ and followed that with over 40 appearances in films such as Hope and Glory, Syd and Nancy, The Jackal, Ordinary Decent Criminal, Vertical Limit, The Tailor of Panama, Where the Truth Lies, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Burke and Hare,Queen and Country, MacBeth and the soon to be released,Viceroy’s House and Dirt Road To Lafayette.
For ten years he played Detective Chief Superintendant, Mike Walker in Lynda La Plante’s , ‘Trial and Retribution’ for ITV. He played Jonus Franks in the BBC series ‘The Paradise’, Joe in ‘Top Boy’ and Mr Turner in ‘London Spy’. He is currently filming with Tom Hardy in the Ridley Scott produced TV series, ‘Taboo’.
David has presented many Documentaries, ‘Clydebuilt…..The Ships That Made The Commonwealth’, “Scotland’s War At Sea’, ‘The Clyde Puffer’ for BBC and ‘In Search of Conan Doyle’, ‘In Search of Burke and Hare’ ‘In Search of Robert Burns’ and ‘In Search Of Bible John’ for STV. The STV series ‘On Weir’s Way with David Hayman’ will be followed in 2016 by ‘On Hayman’s Way’, a six part series on Scotland. He is currently shooting a Documentery series for the BBC on Whisky called ‘Water of Life’ due for transmission in Autumn 2016.
As a Film Director he directed the BAFTA and Michael Powell Best British Film Award winner, ‘Silent Scream’, also ‘The Hawk’ and ‘The Near Room’. For TV he has directed the Drama Serials; Finney, A Woman’s Guide to Adultery, Cardiac Arrest and Firm Friends.
For three years he was Artistic Director of 7.84 Theatre Co.Scotland. He has directed many stage productions including the World Premiers of The Slab Boys Trilogy and the Normal Heart, staring Martin Sheen. He was an Associate Director of the Royal Court Theatre, London.
His productions have garnered awards such as Bafta’s, Lawrence Olivier Awards, Time Out Awards, Silver Bear Award Berlin and Royal Television Awards.
He is a regular contributor to BBC 2’s, Review Show.
In 2001 he set up the Humanitarian Organization, Spirit Aid, which is dedicated to the Children of Earth whose lives have been devastated by war, poverty, disease or lack of education and opportunity. He has run the organization, as Head of Operations, since then and runs projects in Scotland, Afghanistan, South Africa, Palestine and Malawi. Spirit Aid has also worked in Guinee Bissau, Kosovo, Iraq and Sri Lanka. Once a year he visits Afghanistan and Malawi. In Scotland he created ‘Shooters’, a project that makes short films, Dramas and Documentaries, with groups of Young People from across the country. Almost 100 short films have been made by over 700 Young People from over 27 different nationalities.
David has four Honorary Doctorates and a Fellowship for services to the Arts and Humanity. He was awarded the Institute of Contemporary Scotland’s Alistair Hetherington Gold Medal for Services to Humanity and was commended by the Beacon Trust for Bravery in Afghanistan. In 1991 he was given the City of Glasgow’s Gold Medal for Services to the Arts.
He lives in Scotland with his wife and three sons.
- James McAvoy – Winner
- Kate Dickie
- Rose Leslie
- Sam Heughan
Best Actor (theatre)
- Alan Cumming – Winner
- Benny Young
- Maureen Beattie
- Paul Higgins
- David Patrick Music – Winner
- Jonnie Common
- Siobhan Wilson
- Stuart MacRae & Louise Welsh
Best Musical Group
- Federation of the Disco Pimp
- Scottish National Jazz Orchestra
- Scottish Opera – Winner
Best Visual Artist
- David J Mitchell
- Eleanor Stewart
- Ellie Harrison
- John Chalmers and Sandra Marrs – Metaphrog – Winner
Best Dance Performer
- Christopher Harrison
- Indepen-dance 4
- Jack Webb
- Sophie Martin – Winner
- Janice Galloway
- Jenni Fagan – Winner
- Liz Lochhead
- Peter Arnott
Best Performing Arts Venue – Sponsored by Cameron Presentations
- The Glad Café – Winner
- The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
- Tron Theatre
- Woodend Barn
Cultural Event of the Year – Sponsored by Edinburgh Napier University
- Belladrum Festival
- Bloody Scotland
- Celtic Connections – Winner
- East Neuk Festival
- New Dreams
One to Watch
- Jack Webb – Winner
- Matthew Whiteside
- John Harris
- Siobhan Wilson
Best Live Performance – Sponsored by Caledonian MacBrayne
- Scottish Ballet’s Cinderella – Choreography by Christopher Hampson
- Scottish Ballet’s Elsa Canasta – Choreography by Javier de Frutos
- Federation of the Disco Pimp – Winner
- Scottish Ballet’s Swan Lake – Choreography by David Dawson
Judges Choice Award
Chvrches & Hinterland, NVA at St Peter’s Seminary – Joint winners
The Sunday Herald Culture Awards will take place on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at SWG3, Glasgow.
To attend this year’s event please contact Lyndsay Wilson on 0141 302 7407 or email Lyndsay.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The nation’s most celebrated stars, including actors James McAvoy, Kate Dickie, Alan Cumming and Maureen Beattie have been shortlisted for Scotland’s Cultural Oscars – the inaugural Sunday…