Following the success of last year’s first ever Reading Cultural
Awards, the Awards are back to celebrate the best of Reading’s
artistic and cultural scene – the events, organisations and artists
that have made Reading such a great place to live, work and do
business over the past 12 months.

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

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.

 

 

 

Nominations

Nominations for the 2018 Awards are now closed. Thanks to everyone who took the time to nominate their favourite arts, culture or heritage of 2017/2018. We have had over 575 nominations! The shortlist will be announced in late May.

Activities

The 2018 Awards will recognise cultural activity that took place in the Reading area between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018.

Awards ceremony

The Awards will be presented at a glitzy awards ceremony at The Olympia Ballroom on Wednesday 27 June. See bottom of page for tickets link.

Categories

Reading Place of Culture Ambassador 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.

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.

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.

Celebrating Reading’s Heritage Award

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

Young Talent of the Year – under 25

An artist or group of artists that are displaying real talent and potential at a relatively young age.

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.

Partnership of the Year

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

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.

Cultural Organisation of the Year

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

Best Education Project

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

The Made in Reading Award

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

Business Champion of the Arts

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

Awards timeline

Nominations open – 16 February
Awards ceremony tickets on sale – 16 February
Deadline for entries – 20 April
Long list announced - 5 May
Shortlist announced – 24 May
Awards ceremony – 27 June

Book a place at the Awards Ceremony

The Reading Cultural Awards take place on the evening of Wednesday 27 June at the fabulous Olympia Ballroom. Tickets for this event, which will be hosted by BBC Radio Berkshire’s Bridgitte Tetteh and include a stunning three course dinner, are on sale now. Book your individual ticket or a table of 10 here.

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.

The Olympia Ballroom

Located in the heart of Reading town centre on London Street, The Olympia Ballroom is one of the largest indoor venue hire locations in Berkshire. The conveniently central location, exquisite architecture and interior lends itself to corporate and private venue hire events. The main ballroom remains virtually unchanged to this day, with its original domed structure still intact. The Ballroom is filled with history dating back to the 1700s. Through the 60s, many great well known bands played at The Olympia. Including bands such as The Who, The Rolling Stones and The Birds. Today, The Olympia Ballroom continues to attract the surrounding communities with the most impressive event hire space in Berkshire, available for Weddings, Corporate Events and Community Gatherings. More information at shehnaigroup.co.uk

2017 Award Winners

At our glitzy awards evening at The Olympia Ballroom on Thursday 29 June, 13 winners for the Reading Cultural Awards 2017 were announced. The Winners and Finalists special brochure

The Made in Reading Award

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

Henry I of England – Reading Between The Lines

Reading Place of Culture Ambassador Award

Sponsored by Reading UK CIC. An artistic endeavour that has promoted Reading’s talent or Reading as a cultural destination to a wider audience:

Inside at Reading Prison – Artangel

Young Talent – under 25

An artist or group of artists that are displaying real talent and potential at a relatively young age:

Alice Knight – Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra

Celebrating Reading’s Heritage Award

Sponsored by The Olympia Ballroom and The Banquet Kitchen. A project or organisation that has raised the profile of Reading’s heritage:

Hidden Abbey Project

Cultural Space of the Year

Dedicated arts venues, unusual spaces used for art – this award recognises the diversity of great places to enjoy and perform art and cultural activities in Reading:

SITELINES – theatre in unusual spaces curated by South Street Arts Centre

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 conceived in Reading:

Inside at Reading Prison – Artangel

Best Education Project

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

Infamous – Berzerk Productions

Cultural Organisation of the Year

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

Jelly

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:

Henry I of England – Reading Between The Lines

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:

Reading Fringe Festival

Business Innovation in the Arts

A Reading arts or cultural project in which business has played a creative and innovative role:

Light Up Reading

Reading Arts and Business in Partnership

Demonstrating excellence in partnership working between business and arts organisation(s):

Haslams Estate Agents

Judges Award

This special award has been awarded by the judging panel to recognize an outstanding contribution to Reading’s cultural scene in 2016:

Bulmershe Ensemble