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Arts and cultural sector wins big at the North East Tourism Awards

  • Date: 7 February 2013
  • Area: North
Tyneside Cinema

Tyneside Cinema. Credit: Sally Ann Norman

A total of nine awards have been handed out to some of the region's best arts and cultural organisations, at an awards ceremony celebrating tourism success in the North East.

Hosted at The Sage Gateshead, (itself securing two awards), the evening saw a collection of arts and cultural organisations and events from across the region winning big. Three of the Arts Council's National portfolio organisations and two of its Major partner museums based in the North East were among the winners.

Mark Dobson, Chief Executive of Tyneside Cinema, which won Gold in the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year category, along with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, said: 'We are thrilled to have won the Gold award for Large Visitor Attraction and it is a particular honour to receive this accolade in what has been a truly outstanding year for the Tyneside, when more people than ever before came to enjoy our fantastic film and events programme, and learn about the history of cinema and the heritage of this incredible building.'

Richard Welsby of The Bowes Museum said: 'The Bowes Museum was thrilled to win the Bronze award for Large Visitor Attraction of the Year, particularly in such a highly competitive category.  The award confirms the success of the recent improvements to the building, visitor facilities and galleries and the quality of its exciting exhibition and events programme. The standard of entries was extremely high and we offer our congratulations to all the award winners.'

The winners from the North East's arts and cultural sector

For a full list of winners, click here. The following organisations which won a Gold award will find out if they have been shortlisted for the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence later in the spring, with a ceremony to follow in May. 

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year Award - Gold (joint)

The Bowes Museum
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year Award - Bronze

Killhope - The North of England Lead Mining Museum
Small Visitor Attraction of the Year Award - Silver (joint)

The Late Shows
Tourism Experience of the Year - Incorporating 'Best Event' Award - Silver

Monkwearmouth Station Museum
Small Visitor Attraction of the Year Award - Silver (joint)

The Sage Gateshead
Access for All Tourism Award - Gold
Sustainable Tourism Award - Silver

Tyneside Cinema
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year Award - Gold (joint)

Woodhorn, Museum and Northumberland Archives
Sustainable Tourism Award - Gold

Links and further information

Arts Council England - North East
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