Arts & Business Scotland announces 26th anniversary awards winners

Arts & Business Scotland announces 26th anniversary Awards winners

RBS and National Museums Scotland are among the organisations recognised

The Arts & Business Scotland Awards winners have been announced at a prestigious ceremony at the Assembly Rooms.

Arts & Business Scotland exists to promote mutually beneficial relationships between business and culture. The Awards ceremony is held each year to recognise the most outstanding and creative partnerships between businesses and arts organisations.

Winners across ten categories were presented with specially commissioned award pieces in front of an audience of over 300 guests from business, the arts and the media.

Organisations large and small were recognised, and included businesses from the financial sector, energy sector, drinks industry, legal services industry, business services sector and creative industries. The arts activity supported reached from Dumfries and Galloway to Aberdeen, from Arran to Shetland and Orkney and included classical music, film, festival, literature, visual arts, opera and theatre.

Special individual awards included the City of Edinburgh Arts Award, Jonathan Mills, Director and Chief Executive of the Edinburgh International Festival, and the Leadership Award, won by Sir Angus Grossart, previous chair of the National Museums Scotland.

Barclay Price, Chief Executive of Arts & Business Scotland, said: ‘It is terrific that, in spite of difficult trading conditions, Scottish based companies continue to recognise that a partnership with the arts offers real business benefit. From the Glenfiddich project which is a world class initiative using the arts in its Dufftown distillery as a link to promotion of the brand in existing and emerging markets, to Scott + Co’s support for theatre work by the Citizen’s Theatre with disadvantaged Glasgow communities, the diversity of the shortlisted partnerships underlines the range of business objectives with which the arts can assist.’

The full list of awards are as follows:

Community (Sponsored by Pinsent Masons)
Awarded to partnerships that have used the power of the arts to engage with the wider community

Bank of Scotland and National Theatre of Scotland
Scottish Power and National Theatre of Scotland

Cultural Branding Award (sponsored by Shell U.K. Limited)
For a partnership that has reinforced the branding and marketing activity of a business through an innovative use of culture

Cutty Sark Blended Scotch Whisky and Centre for the Moving Image

Enterprising Museum Award (Sponsored by Museums Galleries Scotland)
For an entrepreneurial partnership that has delivered an ambitious high-impact museums experience

The Royal Bank of Scotland and National Museums Scotland

New or Returning Sponsor Award (Sponsored by Freight Design & J Thomson Colour Printers)
For an arts sponsorship by businesses sponsoring the arts in Scotland for the first time or returning to sponsorship after three years

Virgin Money and Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society
Weesleekit and The Bakehouse

First in a Lifetime Award (Sponsored by Creative Scotland)
For a partnership that has aimed to take the arts to people and places they don’t normally go, or created arts opportunities for people who would not normally be engaged

TOTAL E&P UK /Capital Solutions/ Loganair/ Northlink Ferries and Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Small Business Award (Sponsored by Black Light)
For an effective sponsorship by a small business (under 50 employees)

Tangent Graphic and Edinburgh International Book Festival

Sustained Partnership Award (Sponsored by Baillie Gifford Investment Managers)
For a partnership of four years or more that has set standards in creative arts-business collaborations

William Grant and Sons Ltd and Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Programme

Young People and the Arts Award (Sponsored by Accenture Scotland)
For a partnership that has harnessed the power of the arts to engage young people

Scott + Co and Citizens Theatre

The City of Edinburgh Arts Award (Sponsored by The City of Edinburgh Council)
To an individual or organisation that has made a special contribution to the arts in the city

Jonathan Mills, Director and Chief Executive of the Edinburgh International Festival

Leadership Award (Sponsored by Chevron Upstream Europe)
To an individual who has shown outstanding leadership in the arts during 2011

Sir Angus Grossart, previous chair of the National Museums Scotland

For a full list of all of the commendations visit

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