The Herald

Scottish Culture Awards 2019

Scotland is at the cutting edge of cultural talent having enjoyed decades of success in art, music, drama and dance. The Herald is proud to recognise all the achievements of Scottish Culture with our major awards which cross all genres and celebrate all that’s best in our vibrant cultural scene. The 2019 event recognised artists, venues, events and much more. The event was held on Thursday, July 11, at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange. Check out our finalists and winners below.

The Herald Scottish Culture Awards 2019

Scotland is at the cutting edge of cultural talent having enjoyed decades of success in art, music, drama and dance. From Eden Festival 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 Herald Scottish Culture Awards will highlight the talent of these artists and the quality of cultural events in Scotland.

The Herald is proud to recognise all these achievements with major awards which cross all genres and celebrate all that’s best in our vibrant cultural scene. The 2019 event will recognise artists, venues, events. The public, performers and organisations can nominate for all awards. Winners will be chosen by an independent expert panel of judges and all winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in July 2019.


We would like to thank our 2019 sponsors for their support.


Raise your profile across the industry by sponsoring our awards.

 If you would like more information on the opportunities available, please contact Lucy Murphy, Business Development Executive on or 0141 302 6027.


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.


    Awarded to the unsung heroes of the Scottish performing arts scene. From set designers and sound engineers, to hair and make-up artists and costume designers. The judges are looking for the best individuals and teams working behind the scenes to make the show a success.


    Open to all designers, across the spectrum of disciplines, who are contributing to Scotland’s rich design heritage. Whether your expertise is jewellery, interiors, textiles or illustration, the judges know the journey of the design is just as important as the finished product.


    We understand the difference between film and theatre- with this in mind – we are looking to reward that individual who has captivated audiences from the comfort of their own home or being an audience member in the theatre. We are looking to reward that individual for their show stopping performance.


    The winner in this category might dance with a national company, or a small avant-garde group. The talent, musicality and ability to move audiences matter much more than the style.


    Have you helped shape Scottish Comedy? The judges are looking for an individual or group who has made a significant contribution to the Scottish Comedy Scene. Whether you are a writer based in Scotland writing for TV programmes or live comedy shows, a comedian fronting sell-out shows who is making a big impression or you are behind the opening of a purpose-built comedy venue, we want to hear how your contribution is making a difference to the Comedy Culture here in Scotland.


    Open to individual or group singers, musicians, songwriters or composers, active in the music industry at home or abroad. Whilst packed venues are impressive, the judges will be looking at artistic merit just as much as commercial success.

  • VISUAL ARTIST AWARD – sponsored by Cameron

    The nominees might be painters, sculptors, photographers or multimedia professionals. What they will share is the ability to use their talent to portray a profound message – or perhaps one that’s wryly amusing – about the world in which we live.


    Publishing is well and truly alive and well in Scotland. Fact or fiction, the judges will be looking for that special book, poem or playwright that stole the nation’s heart and became a must read.


    Attending your favourite festival is an exhilarating occasion and can bring prosperity to a local area (especially when us Scots know how to party.) Our judges are looking for the festival that people can’t wait to return to.

  • ONE TO WATCH – sponsored by Theatre School of Scotland

    Even the biggest stars had to start somewhere. The winner of this award will be just starting out but will already have paved the way for a successful career. Open to individuals and ensembles, the judges are looking for those who have generated a real buzz among those in the know and have promising prospects of bursting into the mainstream.


    There are plenty to choose from, but which event really went beyond expectations to deliver a life altering experience to its audience? Which event has carved a reputation that encourages audiences to return time and time again? And which event has helped change perceptions of Scotland and its culture? For 2018, this category will be split into two subcategories to recognise both national and international events.

  • LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – sponsored by Edinburgh Napier University

    This award will go to an individual, group, event or venue that is iconic to Scotland and has made a longstanding contribution to our culture.


    Regardless of capacity, age, structure and location, we are on the lookout for Scotland’s favourite venue be it for music, plays or stadiums – we want to hear about them all.


    Scotland is so much more than tartan and thistles. From its incredible landscapes, to its fascinating attractions, there is plenty to visit all year round. This category is looking to reward the top visitor attractions that make Scotland a ‘must visit’ country.


Donald Martin
Editor-in-Chief at Newsquest Scotland

Pauline Miller Judd
Dean of Arts & Creative Industries at Edinburgh Napier University.

Philip Miller
Journalist and writer

Rhona Corscadden
Senior Events Manager, EventScotland

Ruth Wishart
Journalist and broadcaster

Stuart Cosgrove
Writer and broadcaster

Reece Donnelly
Founder and Artist Director, Theatre School of Scotland

How to Enter

Entries to the 2019 Herald Scottish Culture Awards have now closed. Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter.


The Awards Ceremony

The Herald Scottish Culture Awards 2019 took place on Thursday, July 11 at the Corn Exchange, Edinburgh. Broadcaster, Bryan Burnett, hosted the evening.

The evening includes a sparkling drinks reception, three-course meal, entertainment and the awards presentation.

Bryan Burnett


Behind the Scenes

Cheeky Besom Productions: ‘Artists with Attitude’
Mark Leese – Winner
Scottish Opera Stage Management team

Designer Award

Duncan Adams
Leslie Travers / Scottish Opera
Sigrid Schmeisser
Tim Meacock for Scottish Opera’s Pagliacci – Winner

Outstanding Dramatic Performance

Lost at Sea by Perth Theatre at Horsecross Arts and Morna Young
What Girls Are Made Of – Winner
Midsummer Presented by National Theatre of Scotland and Edinburgh International Festival.
My Left Right Foot – The Musical A Birds of Paradise and National Theatre of Scotland production.

Outstanding Dance Performance

Adrienne O’Leary
Sophie Martin – Winner

Outstanding Contribution to Scottish Comedy

Ashley Storrie
Frankie Boyle
Janey Godley – Winner
Kevin Bridges

Outstanding Musical Performance

NOISE opera
Ailie Robertson
John McCusker – Winner

Visual Artist Award

Cathy Wilkes
Charles Anderson
Charlotte Prodger – Winner

Outstanding Literature

Chris McQueer – Hings – Winner
Donald S Murray
Nadine Aisha Jassat – Let Me Tell You This

Outstanding Festival

Aye Write (Glasgow Book Festival)
Glasgow Film Festival – Winner
Paisley’s Halloween Festival
StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival

Outstanding Cultural Event

Findhorn Bay Festival
Granite Noir
Tiree Music Festival – Winner

One to Watch

Danielle Jam
Duncan Adams
Rachel Jackson – Winner

Outstanding Venue

Aberdeen Music Hall
Summerhall – Winner

Outstanding Attraction

Blair Castle
Can You Escape? Edinburgh
Dundee V & A – Winner
Helix Park – Kelpies

Lifetime Achievement Award

Una McLean

Contribution to Scottish Culture

A Play, A Pie and a Pint

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If you have any questions or need more information on the awards, please contact Event Executive, Holly Rutherford on 0141 302 6019 or

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