How to enter
Please read through the category descriptions below, select the category you wish to enter from the list, then click ENTER NOW. You'll need to register and set up your account the first time you do this.
Registering your account
When registering, you will receive an email which will have a click-through link and a validation code to validate your account. You will need to complete this step before you can start your nomination. If you do not receive the validation email please email email@example.com .
Completing your entry
You can save draft entries and return to edit them as often as you wish before submitting. All you need to do is click on the YOUR ACCOUNT tab on the menu banner and this will take you through to your dashboard where you will find all your draft entries and submitted entries.
When you have finished writing your entry and you are ready to submit, you'll need to agree to the terms and conditions then click the COMPLETE button at the bottom of the page. If your entry is still in draft, you will need to click MOVE TO BASKET at the top of the entry before you can click the COMPLETE button.
If you forget your password, please use the reset password link on the login page.
BEST ARTS & BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP
Recognising an outstanding partnership which has demonstrated an innovative way of working to achieve respective goals. Activities must have taken place between July 2022 and October 2023.
BEST ARTS & EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP
Recognising an outstanding partnership which has demonstrated how working together can unite and improve cultural education for children and young people in our region. Activities must have taken place between July 2022 and October 2023.
BEST EVENT OR EXHIBITION
Awarded to an event or exhibition that has taken place in the North East between July 2022 and October 2023 that has stood out from the crowd by inspiring, engaging, educating, exciting or entertaining audiences.
A new award for 2023, recognising individuals, projects, organisations, community groups or an event/exhibition focused on restoring, conserving or promoting the rich heritage of the North East - whether it’s a site or structure, property, artefacts, or the values and traditions of the region.
BEST MUSEUM OR CULTURAL VENUE
This award is to recognise a North East museum or cultural venue that has contributed to the community through innovative projects and service excellence.
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Recognising any North East-based writer, artist, performer or visual artist who came to the public’s attention for the first time between July 2022 and October 2023.
PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
For an individual, group or company who, between July 2022 and October 2023, put on a special performance in the North East which moved or inspired. Examples could include dance, music, theatre or comedy.
PERFORMING ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Recognising an individual performer or group that has stood out from the crowd. Nominations welcome for all performers: dancers, musicians, singers, performance poets, comedians etc. Nominations could be for one performance or several. Activities must have taken place between July 2022 and October 2023.
SPECIAL AWARD FOR YOUNG ACHIEVEMENT
To reward a special achievement in the arts by an individual or group aged 18 or under. Activities must have taken place between July 2022 and October 2023.
VISUAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Recognising a North East-based artist whose work has left a lasting impression. It will be given for an individual piece of work or an exhibition. Activities must have taken place between July 2022 and October 2023.
WRITER OF THE YEAR
Recognising an author, playwright, screenwriter or poet who has had outstanding work published or performed. Activities must have taken place between July 2022 and October 2023.
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION / SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD
This is a closed category with no nomination process - the judging panel will select the winner/s.