The winners of the Reading Cultural

Awards 2019 have been announced.

 

Reading Cultural Awards 2019

The awards celebrate the best of Reading’s arts, culture and heritage.

Organised by Reading UK, the Reading Cultural Awards champion the many great organisations and artists that put their creative hearts and souls into Reading.

They recognise the fantastic artists, organisations and events that have made Reading such a great place to live, work and do business over the past 12 months.

The winners and finalists 2019

 

The Made in Reading Award

A ‘piece’ made by a Reading artist or artists. This could be a performance, visual arts piece or cultural project but must be created within Reading.

Winner

Henry II by Reading Between The Lines 

Finalists

Big Blue by Beautiful Creatures

In Ruins by South Street Arts Centre/SITELINES

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Reading Great Place Award

An artist or artistic endeavour that has promoted Reading’s talent or Reading as a cultural destination to a wider audience beyond the town.

Winner

Reading Fringe Festival

Finalists

Reading School of Dance

Mountain Top, a Reading Rep production

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Performance of the Year

Music, theatre, dance… This performance will have caused ripples in Reading and been widely acclaimed. The performance must have taken place in Reading but does not necessarily need to have been made in Reading.

Winner

Golden Day by Reading Phoenix Choir

Finalists

Birdsong by Progress Theatre

A Christmas Carol by Reading Between The Lines

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Visual Arts Event of the Year

Fine art, film, etc. – the event will have been well regarded in Reading when it took place here but does not necessarily need to have been made in Reading.

Winner

Caversham Arts Trail

Finalists

Reading International

Open for Art

Cultural Space of the Year

Dedicated arts venue or unusual space used for art….This award recognises the diversity of great places to enjoy and perform art and cultural activities in Reading.

Winner

South Street Arts Centre

Finalists

Open Hand Open Space

Milk

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Celebrating Reading’s Heritage Award

A project or organisation that has raised the profile of Reading’s heritage.

Winner

Reading Abbey Revealed / Reading Abbey re-opens

Finalists

Henry II by Reading Between the Lines

Turn Tilehurst Red

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Partnership in the Arts

Demonstrating excellence in partnership working, this could be businesses working with arts organisation(s) or arts partnerships, education etc.

Winner

Night in the Ruins (Reading Borough Council/Reading Abbey Revealed project, Are You Listening? Festival, Reading Fringe Festival)

Finalists

Living Advent Calendar – Steph Weller/Sarah Stuffins/Zsuzsi Lindsay, Reading BID, 100 artists and many local businesses

Alby the Penguin Saves Christmas/A New Coat for Christmas – Reading Rep Theatre, Reading Libraries, Oxford Playhouse, Fintlock Theatre, Jelly

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Best Education Project

A project that shows the power of art and culture to engage young people and create high-quality artistic outputs.

Winner

Creative Arts Department at Brookfields School

Finalists

Give and Take by Soulscape, Reading Rep and Activate Learning

After School Art School by Jelly

 

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Festival of the Year

A festival that engaged a broad community and raised Reading’s profile with high-quality content and a great festival experience.

Winner

Readipop Festival

Finalists

Open for Art

Here Comes The Sun

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Newcomer of the Year

An artist or group of artists that are displaying real talent and potential at an early stage in their development/careers.

Winner

Reside Dance

Finalists

Charles West

Double Okay Group

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Cultural Organisation of the Year

This organisation will have demonstrated consistently high standards in terms of output and engagement.

Winner

Reading International

Finalists

Reading Film Theatre

Open Hand Open Space

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Business Champion of the Arts

A business which has played a major contribution in supporting and developing the arts in Reading.

Winner

Broad Street Mall

Finalists

Thames Tower

Haslams

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Judges Award

A special award to recognise consistently high performance over the last three years.

Reading Rep
Reading Rep have excelled in producing innovative high quality productions, taking Reading’s name beyond the town, working tirelessly to integrate educational outcomes into their work, brilliant at partnership working and they have great ambitions and plans for Reading and their own organisation.

The Awards Ceremony

The awards took place at the Hilton Reading on 24 June 2019.

Almost 300 member of Reading's arts community along with the business community came together to celebrate the importance of the arts in making Reading a Great Place to live, work and do business.

Sponsors

Reading UK

Reading UK is the economic development company for Reading. Part of the management group for Reading 2016, funder of the ARENA programme through our management of the BID and the creator of the new Reading-on-Thames Festival, Reading UK believe that arts, culture and heritage are at the heart of what makes Reading tick. Reading’s cultural identity plays an important role in making Reading an exciting place to work, live or do business.

Hilton Reading

Located on Kennet Island, just a 5-minute drive from the Oracle Shopping Centre in Reading with just 26 minutes by train into London, Hilton Reading is an excellent base for exploring England. Visit attractions including Ascot Racecourse, Madejski Stadium and LEGOLAND® Windsor, plus beautiful National Trust properties Basildon Park and The Vyne. When you’re not exploring, relax in the hotel sauna, indoor pool and fitness centre, receive pamper treatments by our Evolve Beauty Team or indulge with afternoon tea or a drink in the bar followed by dinner in our restaurant. The hotel boasts 10 function rooms perfect for any event including conferences, award dinners and special occasions.