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Arts Council National portfolio organisations win awards

  • Date: 11 February 2013
  • Area: South East
Convert Hall Manager receiving award

ABO Rhinegold Concert Hall Manager of the Year award, Kevin Appleby of Turner Sims, 2013. Credit: Jonny WaltonKaptur

Two South East Arts Council National portfolio organisations have been recognised for their contribution to the sector.

Oska Bright film festival has been given an award for their international work with disabled people at a film festival in Canada and Turner Sims' Kevin Appleby has been presented the ABO Rhinegold Concert Hall Manager of the Year award. Their success reflects how this investment helps to show world class UK arts on an international stage.

The Oska Bright film festival, a joint venture between Arts Council England National portfolio organisation Carousel, a learning disabled arts charity, and JUNK TV, a youth and community film production company based in Brighton is to be acknowledged at Calgary's Picture festival. The festival established in 2001, is a competitive, international festival featuring films about disability, or those created by disabled people.

23-year-old film maker and Oska Bright spokesperson Jason Eade will be making his first trip outside the UK to collect the award on behalf of Oska Bright at Canada's Picture festival, running from 11 to 13 February. The award commemorates the life of Pam Crosby, a long-time member of the Persons with Developmental Disabilities, Calgary Regional Community Board. Pam was a strong advocate for the rights of people with development disabilities.

Jason and other members of the Oska Bright team will be closer to home towards the end of the year, with the Oska Bright Film Festival running from 17 to 19 November at Brighton Dome. The festival will see thousands flock to the city for the three day event, joining communities, film makers and people of all abilities. The festival will also bring income to the city over the weekend - for example, for every £1 of public money invested into arts and culture, up to £6 is generated for the local economy.Oska Bright is now seeking submissions from learning disabled artists for this year's event with submissions closing on 30 April.

Aspiring filmmakers can apply to be part of the Oska Bright Film Festival this November by downloading a form from the Oska Bright website, by calling 01273 234734, or by emailing Films must be under 10 minutes, although five is the ideal length, and submissions must be received before 30 April 2013 in order to be considered for the festival.

Kevin Appleby of Turner Sims has been named as Concert Hall Manager of the year at an event honouring the backstage talent of the UK's classical music sector. Kevin was presented the award by Violinist Nicola Benedetti at the Association of British Orchestras conference in Leeds.

Turner Sims is an innovator and provider of education and outreach work, contributing to the wealth of Arts Council England funded work for children and young people: last year Arts Council funded organisations put on 11,893 school performances and 357,797 learning sessions for children and young people.