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Norfolk Arts Awards celebrate our county’s cultural champions

PUBLISHED: 10:58 21 October 2017 | UPDATED: 11:15 22 October 2017

The EDP People's Choice Awards winners - Come Yew In!, Lost in Translation Circus and Annie Catwoman - at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards winners at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry.
Photo: Simon Finlay Photography

The EDP People's Choice Awards winners - Come Yew In!, Lost in Translation Circus and Annie Catwoman - at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards winners at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography

Simon Finlay Photography

Shining stars of Norfolk’s great cultural scene were celebrated at a glittering awards ceremony at Norwich Cathedral’s Hostry.

The winners of the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry.

Photo: Simon Finlay PhotographyThe winners of the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography

The 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards in association with the Eastern Daily Press took place on Friday night and saw 21 awards presented, including the Lifetime Achievement Award which was given to John Cushing, the great mastermind behind the Thursford Christmas Spectacular which has brought theatrical festive cheer to our county for 40 years.

A special Norfolk Icon Award was also presented posthumously to Sir John Hurt, a true legend of stage and screen who was a great supporter of the arts across Norfolk.

Lost In Translation Circus, the show Come Yew In! and young musicians’ champion Annie Catwoman were named the winners of the EDP People’s Choice Awards after achieving the most votes from our readers.

Stash Kirkbride, one of the producers of the Norfolk Arts Awards, said: “It was a great evening of talent and a great celebration of the arts in Norfolk.

Sir John Hurt was posthumously awarded the Norfolk Icon Award at the Norfolk Arts Awards.  PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYSir John Hurt was posthumously awarded the Norfolk Icon Award at the Norfolk Arts Awards. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

“The awards showed us how many great people there are in Norfolk putting on amazing work that reaches out to the community.”

EDP People’s Choice Awards winners

Lost In Translation Circus, the show Come Yew In! and young musicians’ champion Annie Catwoman were the people’s choice after after achieving the most votes in our online poll to find our readers’ cultural champions.

The EDP People's Choice Awards winners - Come Yew In!, Lost in Translation Circus and Annie Catwoman - at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards winners at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry.
Photo: Simon Finlay PhotographyThe EDP People's Choice Awards winners - Come Yew In!, Lost in Translation Circus and Annie Catwoman - at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards winners at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography

Norwich-based theatre group The Common Lot won the best large organisation or project award for Come Yew In!, a free show celebrating Norwich’s history and diversity. The show was performed across the city during the summer and also involved many local schools and raised funds for the charity New Routes.

The best small organisation or project award went to Lost In Translation Circus which is fast becoming one of the leading contemporary circus companies in the country and also hosts events for all abilities at its Norwich base, the Oak Circus Centre.

The best individual accolade was presented to Annie Catwoman, a key figure in Norwich Arts Centre’s Sonic Youths project for young musicians. Her passion and dedication has helped countless young artists further their ambitions.

John Cushing won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry.
Photo: � Simon Finlay PhotographyJohn Cushing won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. Photo: � Simon Finlay Photography

Norfolk Arts Awards winners

• Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Norse and Norwich City Council: John Cushing has brought festive spectacle to Norfolk for 40 years as champion of Thursford Christmas Spectacular, attracting audiences from all over the country.

• Norfolk Icon Award, sponsored by Lovewell Blake: Sir John Hurt, who passed away in January, was a legend on stage and screen, but also a huge champion of the arts in Norfolk, including Cinema City, Norwich University of the Arts and Sheringham Little Theatre.

• Business and the Arts Award, sponsored by Fosters Solicitors: The Shoe Factory Social Club, at St Mary’s Works in Norwich, has created a unique arts venue for innovative performances.

Norfolk Arts Awards producer Stash Kirkbride at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. Photo: Simon Finlay PhotographyNorfolk Arts Awards producer Stash Kirkbride at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography

• The Theatre Award, sponsored by Norwich City College: Vic Young is one of the leading lights in Norwich’s Great Hall Theatre Company which really thrived under his leadership.

• Visual Arts Award, sponsored by Norwich University of the Arts: Paint Out Norwich does a brilliant job of taking art onto the streets and celebrating our city and beyond.

• Jarrold New Writing Award, supported by the John Jarrold Trust: Frances and Michael Holmes have written many great books celebrating Norwich’s heritage, from Norwich Market to the city’s shoe trade.

• Music Award, sponsored by Norfolk Music Hub: KlangHaus, a part art installation part gig by The Neutrinos and Sal Pittman, has wowed crowds in Edinburgh and London and at home in Norwich.

Emma Cambridge and Sam Jones performing with singers from Norwich High School for Girls and Norwich School at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry.
Photo: Simon Finlay PhotographyEmma Cambridge and Sam Jones performing with singers from Norwich High School for Girls and Norwich School at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography

• Broadcast and Media Award, sponsored by the University Of East Anglia: Susie Fowler-Watt and Stewart White have brought television viewers the local news for many years as presenters of BBC Look East.

• Dr Frank Bates Dance and Musical Theatre Award: Lynn Ireson and Daniel Smith are key members of Norwich-based Sound Ideas Theatre Company whose great shows have included Urinetown and Sweeney Todd.

• Diversity Award, sponsored by Norwich Arts Centre: Sink Ya Teeth are a Norwich-based, dance-infused, post-punk minimalist duo achieving great things.

• Education and Community Award, sponsored by TEN Group: Lucy Farrant is the driving force behind Young Norfolk Arts Trust which celebrates young people’s creativity and presents the Young Norfolk Arts Festival each year.

The Shoe Factory Social Club won the Business and the Arts Award at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. They are pictured with Iain McClay (right) from award sponsor Fosters Solicitors.
Photo: Simon Finlay PhotographyThe Shoe Factory Social Club won the Business and the Arts Award at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. They are pictured with Iain McClay (right) from award sponsor Fosters Solicitors. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography

• Peter Barrow Bursary Award: Alexander Banks is founder of Norwich-based The Moss Banks Company, whose exciting shows have included James and the Giant Peach and Gaslight.

The winners of the Outstanding Contribution to the Arts Award, sponsored by Norwich High School for Girls:

Richard Jordan is one of the UK’s most prolific theatre producers. Since first being inspired at Norwich Theatre Royal as a boy, he has gone on to produce more than 215 productions around the world and received more than 40 major theatre awards.

Vic Young won the Theatre Award at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry.
Photo: Simon Finlay Photography.Vic Young won the Theatre Award at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography.

David Lambert ran Norwich Theatre Royal’s arts courses for 28 years, wrote and directed a huge number of youth productions, and inspired countless young people.

Angi Kennedy was at the helm of EDP Norfolk magazine for seven years before becoming editor of Let’s Talk magazine last year.

William Galinsky brought a fantastic array of weird and wonderful entertainment to Norfolk in his seven years as Norfolk & Norwich Festival’s artistic director.

Charles Pugh did an outstanding job at the helm of Holt Festival during his three years as artistic director.

Vic Young (centre right) from the Great Hall Theatre Company won the Theatre Award at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. He is pictured with Corrienne Peasgood (far left) from award sponsor City College Norwich and members of  the Great Hall Theatre Company.
Photo: Simon Finlay PhotographyVic Young (centre right) from the Great Hall Theatre Company won the Theatre Award at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. He is pictured with Corrienne Peasgood (far left) from award sponsor City College Norwich and members of the Great Hall Theatre Company. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography

Richard Ellis played a key role in Holt Festival as vice chairman for many years and has also been involved in many other cultural organisations including being chairman of Visit East Anglia.

Nick Conrad and Helen McDermott hosted the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards which also featured an array of entertainment including performances from Thursford Christmas Spectacular and KlangHaus.

The Norfolk Arts Awards - now in their sixth year - are part of the Hostry Festival which runs until October 29. Visit www.hostryfestival.org

Norfolk Arts Awards 2017 host Nick Conrad at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry.
Photo: Simon FinlayNorfolk Arts Awards 2017 host Nick Conrad at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. Photo: Simon Finlay

Paint Out Norwich won the Visual Arts Award at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. Pictured is Paint Out Norwich founder James Colman (left) with Professor John Last from award sponsor Norwich University of the Arts.
Photo: Simon Finlay PhotographyPaint Out Norwich won the Visual Arts Award at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. Pictured is Paint Out Norwich founder James Colman (left) with Professor John Last from award sponsor Norwich University of the Arts. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography

Frances and Michael Holmes won the Jarrold New Writing Award at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. They are pictured with Chris Rushby from Jarrold.
Photo: Simon Finlay Photography.Frances and Michael Holmes won the Jarrold New Writing Award at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. They are pictured with Chris Rushby from Jarrold. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography.

KlangHaus performing at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry.
Photo: Simon Finlay PhotographyKlangHaus performing at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography

Norfolk Arts Awards 2017 host Helen McDermott at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry.
Photo: Simon FinlayNorfolk Arts Awards 2017 host Helen McDermott at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. Photo: Simon Finlay

Susie Fowler-Watt and Stewart White won the Broadcast and Media Award at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards. They are pictured with Sarah Barrow from award sponsor the University of East Anglia.
Photo: Simon Finlay PhotographySusie Fowler-Watt and Stewart White won the Broadcast and Media Award at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards. They are pictured with Sarah Barrow from award sponsor the University of East Anglia. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography

Members of the Thursford Christmas Spectacular performing at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry.

Photo: Simon Finlay PhotographyMembers of the Thursford Christmas Spectacular performing at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography

Felix Simpson and Bill Downs performing at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. Photo: Simon Finlay PhotographyFelix Simpson and Bill Downs performing at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography

Lynn Ireson and Daniel Smith (right), from Sound Ideas Theatre Company, won the Dr Frank Bates Dance and Musical Theatre Award at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards. They are pictured with Mike King who presented the award.
Photo: Simon Finlay PhotographyLynn Ireson and Daniel Smith (right), from Sound Ideas Theatre Company, won the Dr Frank Bates Dance and Musical Theatre Award at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards. They are pictured with Mike King who presented the award. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography

Sink Ya Teeth won the Diversity Award at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. They are pictured with Pasco-Q Kevlin (centre) from award sponsor Norwich Arts Centre.
Photo: Simon Finlay PhotographySink Ya Teeth won the Diversity Award at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. They are pictured with Pasco-Q Kevlin (centre) from award sponsor Norwich Arts Centre. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography

Lucy Farrant won the Education and the Community Award at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry.
Photo: Simon Finlay PhotographyLucy Farrant won the Education and the Community Award at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography

Saxophonist Ved Svacko performing at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry.
Photo: Simon Finlay PhotographySaxophonist Ved Svacko performing at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography

Norfolk Arts Awards producer Peter Barrow at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. Photo: Simon Finlay PhotographyNorfolk Arts Awards producer Peter Barrow at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography

Alexander Banks (right), winner of the Peter Barrow Bursary Award, with Peter Barrow at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. Photo: Simon Finlay PhotographyAlexander Banks (right), winner of the Peter Barrow Bursary Award, with Peter Barrow at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography

Cellist Ivan McCready performing at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry.
Photo: Simon Finlay PhotographyCellist Ivan McCready performing at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography

Singer songwriter Megan Blair performing at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. 
Photo:Simon Finlay Photography.Singer songwriter Megan Blair performing at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. Photo:Simon Finlay Photography.

Richard Jordan (centre left) and David Lambert (centre right) won Outstanding Contribution to the Arts Awards at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. They are pictured with Kirsty Von Malaise and Nick Tiley-Nunn from award sponsor Norwich High School for Girls.
Photo: Simon Finlay PhotographyRichard Jordan (centre left) and David Lambert (centre right) won Outstanding Contribution to the Arts Awards at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. They are pictured with Kirsty Von Malaise and Nick Tiley-Nunn from award sponsor Norwich High School for Girls. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography

John Cushing (right), winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, with David Stuart from award sponsor Norse Group and Norwich City Council, at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry.

Photo: Simon Finlay PhotographyJohn Cushing (right), winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, with David Stuart from award sponsor Norse Group and Norwich City Council, at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography

Katy Cary performing at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. 
Photo: Simon Finlay PhotographyKaty Cary performing at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography

Members of the Thursford Christmas Spectacular performing at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry.
Photo: Simon Finlay PhotographyMembers of the Thursford Christmas Spectacular performing at the 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography

The 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry.

Photo: Simon Finlay PhotographyThe 2017 Norfolk Arts Awards at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry. Photo: Simon Finlay Photography


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