New award launched for Shire’s creative talent

Aberdeen's Music Hall.
Aberdeen's Music Hall.

The best of Aberdeenshire’s creative talent is to be honoured with a new award sponsored by Aberdeenshire Council.

The Aberdeenshire Creative Energy Award will honour an individual or organisation for achieving exceptional success in their creative field and representing the “best of Aberdeenshire”.

The new category for this year’s prestigious Arts & Business Scotland Awards has been created as part of the council’s focus on the contribution of arts and culture to the area’s economy, through the Be Part of the Picture placemaking programme.

The winners will be announced at a special dinner for 300 guests from business, the arts and media at the Music Hall, Aberdeen on Wednesday 30 October. A number of Aberdeenshire Ambassadors will join business partners, elected members and senior council officials at the event.

This is the first year that Aberdeenshire Council has sponsored a category in the awards, which is now in its 26th year.

Aberdeenshire Provost, Jill Webster, said: “Aberdeenshire is not only home to a wealth of cultural gems, from our historic castles to our distinctive language, but is also the base for a burgeoning number of contemporary arts organisations and festivals.

“The creativity of Aberdeenshire’s residents and businesses underpins much of the area’s continued prosperity and I am glad this is being recognised in a public arena.”

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Councillor Isobel Davidson, said: “This award has been created in recognition of the importance of both the arts and business sectors in contributing to the high quality of life for people in Aberdeenshire.

“The strong links between culture and work in Aberdeenshire are essential to our economic prosperity and our current achievements, and continuing efforts to strengthen that bond, should be celebrated.”

Aberdeenshire Council’s innovative heritage services have also been recognised with the shortlisting of the Mr Arbuthnot’s Cabinet of Curiosities project for the Enterprising Museum Award category, sponsored by Museums Galleries Scotland. Young people created a modern day Cabinet of Curiosities, inspired by the collections of Adam Arbuthnot, founder of the first museum in Peterhead. The Cabinet was toured around Aberdeenshire with accompanying theatrical performances.

Arts & Business Scotland chief executive, David Watt, said: “Our awards showcase Scotland’s brightest and best collaborations with arts organisations by not only the largest corporations, but also small and medium enterprises (SMEs). From the sheer volume and quality of nominations, it is clear that the business community is committed to utilising the skills of artistic companies to improve employee and community engagement.

“Sustainable partnerships like the ones demonstrated in the shortlist help to embed cultural activity at the heart of the community and significantly contribute to making Scotland a creative, confident and forward looking nation.”

Arts & Business Scotland is an independent charity which promotes mutually beneficial relationships between business and culture across the country.

Each year the Arts & Business Scotland Awards celebrate the most outstanding and creative partnerships between the two sectors.

Other categories include: Community Award; Sustained Partnership Award; Cultural Branding Award; Sponsorship by a Small Business Award; Young People and the Arts Award and new or Returning Sponsor Award.