The Achates Philanthropy Prize announcement

The Roundhouse to host the third annual Achates Philanthropy Prize on 23 October 2018 with new judge Robert Addison – Manager at Hexham and Northern Marts.

The Achates Philanthropy Prize, the only annual prize that celebrates first-time cultural giving in the UK, returns in 2018 with a host of new judges. Launched in 2016, the Achates Philanthropy Prize was created to celebrate and share stories behind the development of a new generation of philanthropists in the context of standstill cultural philanthropy in Britain and a competitive fundraising climate.

The new judges will join Prize sponsors and last year’s winners to award a total fund of £10,000, split between the Corporate Philanthropy Award and the Individual Philanthropy Award, thanks to the continued generous support of Achates Philanthropy Ltd., BOP Consulting and Spektrix.

The 2018 Call for Entries will open on 25 June. Both Awards will be presented by the eminent cultural philanthropist and founder of Fairlight Arts Trust, Sarah Kowitz, at a special event at the Roundhouse on 23 October 2018.

Caroline McCormick, Chair of the Achates Philanthropy Foundation: “At times of cultural and economic uncertainty, the role that art plays in our lives is more important than ever. Philanthropy is essential to the sustainability of cultural organisations, and just as importantly helps to embed them in their communities. The Achates Philanthropy Prize champions and celebrates both of these goals and we are delighted to be able to include the winners of the 2016 and 2017 Awards in our judges this year who will be sharing their views.”

The Corporate Philanthropy Award was created at the suggestion of 2016 winner, Nigel Farnall, in response to the rapid decline in corporate support for culture in the UK. Cultural charities across all art forms are invited to nominate an outstanding company of any size, which has supported their organisation for the first time within the last 12 months, at all levels of giving. The award is a new sculpture by renowned British artist, Peter Brooke-Ball MRBS. The winning company will become custodian of the sculpture for one year, and their cultural organisation will receive a £5,000 donation. The 2018 Corporate Philanthropy Award is sponsored by BOP Consulting.

The 2018 Corporate Philanthropy Award judging panel includes Robert Addison, winner of the 2017 Corporate Philanthropy Award and Manager of Hexham and Northern Marts. The Marts were nominated by performing arts company, November Club, for their in-kind support of the hit summer musical Beyond the End of the Road. As Manager of the Marts, Robert agreed to host the show at no cost, supporting the creation of a unique site-specific theatre production which engaged an audience from a largely farming and agriculture background. The donation also included in-kind support in outreach and promotion through the Marts’ distribution channels, and sparked new thinking about future collaboration and ways to create a unique cultural offer within the Tyne Valley. The Marts’ win secured November Club a £5,000 donation from the Achates Philanthropy Foundation that has enabled the re-mounting of the musical at Hexham Auction Mart on 28 and 29 July 2018.

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The Achates Philanthropy Prize is a project of the Achates Philanthropy Foundation, which was created in 2016 to support innovation in the cultural sector and to support the development of models enabling organisational resilience. Achates Philanthropy Foundation is a UK registered charity, number 1173008.

The 2018 Achates Philanthropy Prize is sponsored by Achates Philanthropy Ltd. with Award sponsors, BOP Consulting and Spektrix, in partnership with the Roundhouse.

The 2018 Corporate Philanthropy Award judging panel is: Robert Addison, winner of the 2017 Corporate Philanthropy Award and Manager of Hexham and Northern Marts; Anthony Blackstock, one of the UK’s leading experts in finance for cultural organisations and Chair of the panel; Claire Bodanis, founder and director of Falcon Windsor; Anisa Haghdadi; Callum Lee, Managing Director of BOP Consulting; Caroline McCormick, Director of Achates Philanthropy; Libby Penn, digital specialist working across the cultural sector; Clare Titley; Rt Hon Ed Vaizey MP; and Dagmar Walz, Foundation Trustee.

The 2018 Individual Philanthropy Award judging panel is: Régis Cochefert; Marcus Davey; Cerian Eiles, Achates Philanthropy Associate; Nigel Farnall, winner of the 2016 Achates Philanthropy Prize; Claire and Ray Gard, winners of the 2017 Individual Philanthropy Award; Caroline McCormick, Director of Achates Philanthropy; Michael Nabarro, co-founder and CEO of Spektrix; Aliceson Robinson, Foundation Trustee and Young Philanthropy champion; Bill Swainson, Foundation Trustee and Chair of the panel; and Tom Watson MP.

Achates Philanthropy Ltd supports cultural sector organisations in achieving resilience with integrity. It is one of the UK’s leading cultural sector fundraising and management consultancy companies and operates a unique ethical model, which enables it work with cultural organisations of all sizes. Achates Philanthropy brings together a team of highly experienced fundraisers and arts managers to offer a tailored approach – helping organisations to achieve a long-term, resilient position and to maximise the impact of their work. Our ethos is based on quality of service and that's how we came by our name. In Virgil's Aeneid, Achates was the close friend and loyal advisor of Trojan leader, Aeneas. We thought this described the exact relationship we offer our clients.