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Awards and honours aplenty for south east arts and cultural sector colleagues and organisations in 2012

  • Date: 10 April 2012
  • Area: South East

Chichester Festival Theatre. Credit: Photo courtesy of Chichester Festival Theatre

The beginning of 2012 saw a number of our regularly funded organisations, Grants for the arts recipients, and sector colleagues being duly recognised for the exceptional work that they do in the sector.

At the start of the year, Chichester Festival Theatre, an Arts Council England regularly funded organisation, was named Regional Theatre of the Year for 2011 by performing arts newspaper The Stage. The paper also named Jonathan Church, Chichester Festival Theatre’s Artistic Director, Alan Finch, Executive Director, as two of the top 20 most influential people in British theatre. This is an outstanding achievement for the theatre and its staff, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary with exciting plans for the year.

In early January, we also said congratulations to three colleagues, who were included on the Queens New Years Honours List for 2012. The first is Kate Adams, Director and founder of Arts Council England regularly funded organisation Project Art Works, who was nominated for her hard work to develop this groundbreaking visual arts organisation for individuals with profound neurological impairments.

Also awarded MBEs were two colleagues from our local authority partners: Hilary Lane, formerly Cultural Strategy Manager, East Sussex County Council, and Lorna Brown, Head of Arts & Cultural Strategy, West Sussex County Council and Chair of Arts Development UK (formerly NALGAO).

In mid-January, we learned that Brighton-based digital culture agency, Lighthouse, an Arts Council England regularly funded organisaiton, were selected to manage the BFI Film Fund’s new short film scheme, cementing its reputation for excellence in supporting UK filmmakers.

Another exciting highpoint in January was digital pioneers Semiconductor winning the prestigious new Samsung Digital Art Prize. The prize is the UK's first digital media art competition, showcasing the works of technologically inspired contemporary artists. The Brighton-based duo were among 10 shortlisted artists for the prize.

Last but certainly not least, in February, we congratulated Arts Council England Regional Arts Council member and visual artist Jon Adams, who was awarded the prestigious honour of a Fellowship to the Royal Society of Arts. Jon's innovative London 2012 Cultural Olympiad project Look About is currently on exhibition in Southampton until 31 March and then will go on tour in the South East throughout the year.

Sally Abbott, Regional Director of Arts Council England, said: ‘We are absolutely thrilled to have so many of our colleagues and organisations getting the recognition they deserve. Many of them have ambitious projects in store for 2012, so we look forward to seeing the great work that has been attracting so much positive attention. Well done to all of them.’