Sadly, the Reading Cultural Awards
won’t be taking place this year. Thank
you to everyone who took the time to
nominate your favourite artists or event.
We hope to be able to recognise our great
cultural sector properly when the time is
right.

 

Reading Cultural Awards 2020

It is a great shame that this year we won't be celebrating Reading's great cultural sector through the Reading Cultural Awards. The Awards, which would have been in their fourth year in 2020, celebrate the many great organisations and talented people that put their creative hearts and souls into Reading and that have made it such a great place to live, work and do business over the past 12 months.

Nominations

We are no longer accepting nominations for the Reading Cultural Awards 2020. Thank you to everyone who has already nominated. We hope to find a way to celebrate all those nominations.

Sponsors

Reading Central Business Improvement District (BID) is the overall awards sponsor. The BID supports and promotes Reading’s night-time economy businesses to make Reading town centre a safe, attractive and enjoyable place to visit. The awards are also supported by Cream Design, Reading UK, What’s On Reading, Barton Willmore, Purple Turtle, Reading Buses, The Oracle, Hardings Print Solutions, BBC Radio Berkshire, Berkeley Homes, The Reading Chronicle, Crumbs Food Co and Hilton Reading.

Categories and criteria

Nominations are no longer being accepted. 

The Made in Reading Award

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

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Reading Great Place Award

An artist or artistic endeavour that makes Reading a Great Place to be and has promoted Reading to a wider audience beyond the town.

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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 created by a Reading organisation or artist.

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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 created by a Reading organisation or artist.

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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.

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Celebrating Reading’s Heritage Award

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Newcomer of the Year

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

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Cultural Organisation of the Year

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

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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.

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School of the Year

A primary or secondary school that has shown outstanding dedication to the arts in Reading.

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Sponsors

Lead Sponsor

Category Sponsors

Reading UK is the originator and organiser of the Reading Cultural Awards. As part of our work as the economic development company for Reading, we have invested in projects such as the Reading Thames Festival and whatsonreading.com. We recognise the role that the arts, culture and heritage plays  in making Reading an exciting place to work, live or do business. Reading UK also manages the two Business Improvement Districts (BID) in Reading town centre. An important strand of the BIDs' work is to make the town centre a great place to visit and work. Investing in and encouraging a vibrant central arts scene is part of that work.

The winners and finalists 2019

The Made in Reading Award

Winner
Henry II by Reading Between The Lines 

Finalists
Big Blue by Beautiful Creatures
In Ruins by South Street Arts Centre/SITELINES

Reading Great Place Award

Winner
Reading Fringe Festival

Finalists
Reading School of Dance
Mountain Top, a Reading Rep production

Cultural Space of the Year

Winner
South Street Arts Centre

Finalists
Open Hand Open Space
Milk

Partnership in the Arts

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

Festival of the Year

Winner
Readipop Festival

Finalists
Open for Art
Here Comes The Sun

Newcomer of the Year

Winner
Reside Dance

Finalists
Charles West
Double Okay Group

Cultural Organisation of the Year

Winner
Reading International

Finalists
Reading Film Theatre
Open Hand Open Space

Business Champion of the Arts

Winner
Broad Street Mall

Finalists
Thames Tower
Haslams

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.

2019 winners