A special celebration of Norfolk's stars of the arts The 2015 Norfolk Arts Awards in association with the EDP took place on Saturday night and saw 18 awards presented to individuals and organisations who are true superstars of the arts.
The winners included Norwich's GoGoDragons! trail, Norwich Arts Centre and artist Matt Reeve who were all presented with EDP People's Choice Awards which were voted for by our readers. Two Special Awards For Outstanding Contribution To The Arts were also presented one to Norwich City Council's Events Team for playing a key role in bringing BBC Radio One's Big Weekend music festival to Earlham Park, and one to the team behind the GoGoDragons! trail which captivated people of all ages this summer. Richard White from Claxton Opera was given the Lifetime Contribution to the Arts Award while actress Grace Leeder received the Peter Barrow Bursary For Best Newcomer. The 2015 Norfolk Arts Awards at The Maddermarket Theatre. The EDP Peoples Choice Award winners. Picture: ANTONY KELLY Stash Kirkbride, co founder of the Norfolk Arts Awards, said: "The great mixture of people that we saw being celebrated proves once again what a vibrant place Norfolk is for the arts. "To see so many people celebrated at this red carpet event was wonderful. A huge thank you to the team who made it happen." BBC Radio Norfolk's Nick Conrad and oakley sunglasss Thordis Fridriksson hosted the event, and entertainment included a Norwich Fashion Week Showcase Catwalk and music from Simon Brown, The Voxettes, Lauren Dove and Simon Smith. EDP People's Choice Award Best Individual: Matt Reeve Matt Reeve, based in Felthorpe, is described as having "an amazing devotion to the promotion of art and enjoyment of creativity." His recent projects include creating three of Norwich's GoGoDragons! (Aurelia, VroomVroom and Patch) and illustrating the children's book Norwich: City of Dragons. EDP People's Choice Award Best Small Organisation: Norwich Arts Centre The 2015 Norfolk Arts Awards at The Maddermarket Theatre. The EDP Peoples Choice Award winner, Matt Reeve. Picture: ANTONY KELLY Norwich Arts Centre won Best Small Organisation for a second year. The vibrant venue which presents a mix of music, live art and more, and champions emerging talent, was nominated for how it "continues to fly the flag for excellence across multiple arts forms in Norfolk and is recognized around the UK and beyond." EDP People's Choice Award Best Large Organisation GoGoDragons! oakley glasses clearance art trail, brought to Norwich by children's charity Break and Wild in Art, featured 84 dragons by local artists and sponsored by local organisations and 120 baby dragons by schoolchildren. The colourful clan was said to have "brought colour and life to the streets of Norwich" and "huge opportunities for appreciation of the arts to those who wouldn't dream of entering a gallery." Lifetime Contribution To The Arts Award, sponsored by Maddermarket Theatre: Richard White Claxton Opera The 2015 Norfolk Arts Awards at The Maddermarket Theatre. Lauren Dove. Picture: ANTONY KELLY For more than 25 years Richard White has produced, directed and conducted operas in Claxton. Originally staged at Claxton Manor, Mr White went oakley flak on to create an opera house in his home, the Old Meeting House, transforming his living room into a theatre every summer. Special Award For Outstanding Contribution to the Arts in Norfolk: GoGoDragons! The GoGoDragons! trail was brought to Norwich by children's charity Break and Wild in Art and encouraged everyone to enjoy visual art. Special Award For Outstanding Contribution To The Arts In Norfolk: Norwich City Council's events team. The 2015 Norfolk Arts Awards at The Maddermarket Theatre. The EDP Peoples Choice Award winner, Norwich Arts Centre. Picture: ANTONY KELLY The team played a huge role in bringing BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend to Earlham Park where 50,000 music fans enjoyed acts such as Florence and the Machine, Foo Fighters, Taylor Swift and Muse. Norfolk Icon Award: Caroline Flack TV presenter Caroline Flack, who grew up near Thetford, became Norfolk's dancing queen when she was crowned 2014 Strictly Come Dancing champion with Pasha Kovalev. A regular on our TV screens, she currently presents The X Factor. The Hansells Solicitors And Financial Advisers Business And The Arts Award: Adnams The 2015 Norfolk Arts Awards at The Maddermarket Theatre.
The EDP Peoples Choice Award winners, the GoGoDragons! team. Picture: ANTONY KELLY Adnams sponsors Norfolk and Norwich Festival's Spiegeltent and supports oakley half wire 2.0 Holt Festival, Southwold Arts Festival, Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich Playhouse and HighTide Festival at Aldeburgh.
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