Hearts For The Arts 2019


The winners have been announced for the National Campaign for the Arts’ (NCA) Hearts For The Arts Awards 2019. The awards celebrate the unsung heroes of Local Authorities who are championing the arts, often within a climate of severe financial challenges.

Middlesbrough Council has won Best Local Authority Arts Project Encouraging Community Cohesion for its project Erimus, and Mayor David Budd has been won the Best Local Authority Arts Champion – Councillor category.

Nominations were received for four award categories: Best Local Authority Arts Initiative, Best Local Authority Arts Project Encouraging Community Cohesion, Best Local Authority Arts Champion – Councillor, and Best Local Authority Arts Champion – Officer.

Discussing Middlesbrough Council’s nominations, judge Kwame Kwei-Armah said of Erimus: “This sounds amazing. I wanted to be there. It’s a poster child for all we in the arts believe in.”

Judge Les Dennis said of Mayor David Budd: “His commitment, passion and tireless work for the Arts is clear in the citation and the work he has done. Erimus sounds phenomenal and I love that he is campaigning for Tees Valley to compete for City of Culture. I wish him great success. Congratulations.”

The winners were chosen by a panel of key arts industry experts and practitioners, including:

  • Samira Ahmed: journalist, writer and broadcaster
  • Les Dennis: actor, comedian, television presenter and NCA Champion
  • Jude Kelly: producer, director, founder of Women of the World Festivals and The WOW Foundation, ex-Artistic Director of The Southbank Centre
  • Kwame Kwei-Armah: playwright, director, Artistic Director of the Young Vic Theatre
  • Lorna Lee: Head of Culture & Heritage Services, London Borough of Waltham Forest, and Winner of the 2018 Hearts for the Arts Awards for Best Local Authority Arts Champion – Officer
  • Samuel West: actor, director and Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts

For more information on the winners visit forthearts.org.uk/campaigns/hearts-for-the-arts/


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