Glasgow’s Tramway among winners at 2010 GaGA Awards
National Theatre of Scotland also win at Glasgow audience development awards
Thursday’s GaGAs 2010 highlighted some of the outstanding achievements of Scottish cultural organisations over the past year.
The awards are part of organisers Culture Sparks' ongoing endeavour to encourage intelligence and innovation throughout Scotland’s cultural sector through consultancy and partnership with creative organisations.
Hosting the lively and well-attended event in Grand Ballroom of Sloan's in Glasgow was Scottish actor and director Libby McArthur (River City, Taggart, Rab C. Nesbitt), who brought her unique brand of Castlemilk humour to the proceedings.
This year’s winners show a particular interest in increasing engagement with the arts, whether through highlighting areas of Scottish culture or going out to target new audiences.
Glasgow’s Tramway performance and visual arts venue came out particularly well, with Creative Director Sarah Munro picking up the Leadership award. The same venue’s Footprints programme, which for 18 months actively sought to increase audience engagement in four target groups including young people and ethnic minorities, scooped up the award for Intelligent Research.
The National Theatre of Scotland won the GaGA award for Idea of the Year for its ‘TFD Takeover’, a season of three commissions aimed particularly at teenagers, while internationally acclaimed project ‘People and Songs of the Sea’ was awarded the GaGA award for Impact for its documentation and celebration of Scotland’s fishing heritage.
A surprise fifth award for Outstanding Achievement went to Charles Bell, who was in charge of funding with Glasgow Life and now works with Creative Scotland on their review of Foundation Funding organisations.
Full list of winners
1. The GaGA Award for IMPACT sponsored by Blether Media
Shona McMillan – ‘People and Songs of the Sea’
2. The GaGA Award for INTELLIGENT RESEARCH sponsored by Direct Distribution
Tramway – ‘Footprints'
3. The GaGA Award for IDEA OF THE YEAR sponsored by The List
National Theatre of Scotland – ‘TFD Takeover’
4. The GaGA Award for LEADERSHIP sponsored by Glasgow Life
Sarah Munro, Creative Director, Tramway in Glasgow.
5. The GaGA Award for Outstanding Achievement