Shortlisted for the 2017 Achates Philanthropy Prize

November Club & Hexham and Northern Marts shortlisted for the 2017 Achates Philanthropy Prize

8 November 2017 – the shortlist is announced today for the 2017 Achates Philanthropy Prize, the only annual Prize that celebrates first-time cultural giving in the UK. Now in its second year, the Prize was created to celebrate and share stories behind the development of a new generation of philanthropists in the context of the urgent need to grow cultural philanthropy in Britain with statutory and lottery funding in decline and a competitive fundraising climate.

This year the Prize fund has doubled to £10,000, with the introduction of a Corporate Award alongside the Individual Philanthropy Award, thanks to the continued generous support of Achates Philanthropy Ltd. along with two first-time arts sponsors, BOP Consulting and Spektrix.

Hexham and Northern Marts have been nominated for the brand new Corporate Award by performing arts company, November Club, for their in-kind support of its summer musical ‘Beyond the End of the Road’.

They join a shortlist of five brand new corporate partnerships across the UK for Coventry City of Culture, The Plough Arts Centre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Turner Contemporary and West Yorkshire Playhouse.

The shortlist across both categories offers a powerful portrait of the passion for the arts felt by people across the country, demonstrating the myriad ways that individuals and companies are stepping forward to support an arts organisation that means something special to them. Every individual and company on the shortlist has been nominated by their cultural organisation to express appreciation for their outstanding contribution, which ranges from financial support, to experience and skill-sharing, network growth and positive advocacy.

Founder of the Achates Philanthropy Prize, Caroline McCormick, said: “From solo bike rides, the donation of a livestock auction mart to create a unique theatrical production, the inspirational effect of one of the cultural sectors great leaders, to the good practise building of relationships – the 2017 Achates Philanthropy Prize shows the many creative ways in which cultural organisations are engaging new donors for the first time. At the heart of and underpinning all of the shortlist is real partnership.”

Cinzia Hardy, Artistic Director of November Club, said: “This was the Mart’s first-ever involvement with a professional arts organisation, or anything artistic. Their in-kind support was invaluable and has subsequently opened new doors for us in terms of enquiries about future performances of this show in other Marts. Hexham Mart has shown real vision in working with us, diversifying its own culture by welcoming us into their space and helping us to create a unique cultural offer. We feel certain other cultural organisations will approach the Mart for support in the future, creating a new cultural venue within the Tyne Valley. We would be thrilled if Hexham and Northern Marts were to win this award, to thank them for their support and encourage them to continue to support arts organisations in Hexham.”

Robert Addison, Manager at Hexham and Northern Marts, said: “One of the main reason we became involved was because it was such an appealing idea to use one of our auction rings in such a totally different way. We see the Mart as a social place as well as a place for farmers to sell their livestock and as the show was about farmers it seemed like the right thing to do – to offer a cultural thing that would bring people together in a different way. Social interaction is important and making a cultural offer is just a different take on diversification! The Mart is here to be used and the November Club did a tremendous job in creating something that was really excellent – many people came to me afterwards asking why it didn’t play here for longer. We took a risk and it worked. We’d do it again and it was a pleasure to work with such a great professional company. They created a real buzz about the place and after all that’s what we’re here for – to welcome the wider community and do all sorts.”

The winner of the 2017 Corporate Award will be selected by an independent judging panel: Nigel Farnall, winner of the 2016 Achates Philanthropy Prize; Caroline McCormick, Chair of the Achates Philanthropy Foundation; Helen Gaffney, Executive Director of Achates Philanthropy Ltd; Razia Iqbal, journalist and broadcaster; Paul Owens, co-founder of BOP Consulting; Libby Penn, Chief Operating Officer at Spektrix, and Chair of the panel; Dagmar Walz, Trustee of the Achates Philanthropy Foundation and Senior Associate of Achates Philanthropy Ltd.

The Award is a sculpture by renowned British artist, Peter Brooke-Ball MRBS. The company will be custodian of the sculpture for one year, and their nominating cultural organisation will receive a £5,000 donation from the Foundation.

The winners of the Individual Philanthropy Award and Corporate Award will be announced by the eminent cultural philanthropist, Omar Al-Qattan, at a special Prize ceremony at Delfina Foundation on Monday 27 November.

Omar Al-Qattan, said: “This timely Prize reminds us that we must continue to rally grassroots support for culture, which is so vital for our well-being as individuals and as a society, while at the same time continuing to lobby government for an adequate level of public funding to be maintained across all the arts and regions”.

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