Welcome to Scotland’s Cultural Oscars.
The Sunday Herald is today launching The Culture Awards, a major new awards event celebrating the best of Scotland’s world-class artistic scene.
A panel of leading names from the creative world will choose the best of Scotland’s musicians, actors, visual artists, dancers, writers and events to recognise the national and international success being achieved by artists across all genres.
The judges include author and playwright Alan Bissett, television and stage actor David Hayman, singer songwriter Roddy Woomble and leading graphic designer and creative director at Graven, Janice Kirkpatrick OBE. The judging panel will be chaired by Sunday Herald editor and author Neil Mackay.
The awards will include: Best Actor, Best Musical Artist, Best Visual Artist, Author of the Year, Cultural Event of the Year sponsored by Edinburgh Napier University, Best Live Performance sponsored by Caledonian MacBrayne, Best Theatre Actor, Best Musical Group, Best Dance Performer, Best Performing Arts Venue, sponsored by Cameron Presentations, Best Performing Arts Venue, sponsored by Cameron Presentations, The One to Watch Award, and the Judges’ Choice Moment.
Sunday Herald editor Neil Mackay said: “Scotland has one of the most vibrant artistic scenes on the planet. We are a nation that punches way above our weight when it comes to art and literature – so I am delighted that the Sunday Herald, which has always championed the creative industries, is launching this wonderful awards night to celebrate the best of Scottish culture.
“The judging panel is tremendous. Some of the best practitioners of the arts in Scotland will be helping praise and promote not just their seasoned contemporaries but the new talent coming up behind them who we will be hearing about for years to come.”
He added: “I wish all the entrants success, and look forward to a night of celebrating this nation’s tremendous contribution to the world when the winners are announced later this summer.”
Pauline Miller Judd, dean of Edinburgh Napier University’s School of Arts and Creative Industries, said: “As a key provider of cultural education in Scotland, Edinburgh Napier School of Arts and Creative Industries is delighted to support the inaugural Sunday Herald Culture Awards category ‘Cultural Event of the Year’ to recognise the range of high quality cultural events, both big and small, happening across the country every year.”
Graeme MacFarlan, head of commercial at Caledonian MacBrayne, said: “We are delighted to be able to sponsor the best live event category at this year’s Sunday Herald Culture Awards.
“As well as its long standing partnership with the highlight of the Gaelic cultural calendar, the Royal National Mòd, CalMac is a keen supporter of cultural events across the west coast.”
Adam Cameron, business manager at events company Cameron Presentations, said: “As a service provider for the arts and entertainment industry we are pleased to be supporting the Sunday Herald Culture Awards to reward and celebrate the outstanding cultural venues, performers and contributors who continue to promote and develop creativity in Scotland.”
Entries can be submitted free for the awards, in the categories mentioned above.
The entry deadline is Thursday, June 2, 2016 and the awards evening will take place on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at SWG3 in Glasgow.