Award for Civic Arts Organisations 2023

2nd Feb · Dawn Hawkins

We are delighted to announce that the Barn has been shortlisted for the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Award for Civic Arts Organisations 2023. We have been shortlisted as one of 10 organisations from over 300 applications spanning across the UK. This award celebrates organisations championing co-creation with their communities for a better more creative and connected future.

We have been recognised for our work collaborating and co-creating with artists, makers and audiences to develop arts experiences which grow environmental awareness, cultivate action and create the conditions to explore alternative ways of learning and living on earth.

“The Barn has been built upon co-creation from its inception and continues to be integral to our organisation. In a rural location such as ours, collaboration is pivotal and enables us to develop environmental awareness, enhance the wellbeing of our communities and the world we inhabit. To be shortlisted for this award is a great honour.” – The Barn Senior Leadership Team (Simone Stewart, Head of Creative Programme, Cath du Preez Head of Operations, Victoria Layt, General Manager).

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The judging panel is chaired by Baroness Bull CBE, Crossbench Peer, House of Lords. She says: “Reaching a shortlist of ten from such an exceptional pool of applicants was no easy task and I’m hugely grateful to our panel of judges who approached the challenge with both wisdom and generosity. The panel was impressed by the innovative approaches to co-creation and the range of activities of all the organisations it considered, but selected the shortlisted ten because they offered outstanding examples of how creativity can bring diverse groups of people together to address community needs and enhance lives. While it remains a challenging time for arts organisations and for the communities they serve, these inspirational stories give us hope for new, inclusive and sustainable models of cultural participation.”

After a second stage of interviews and assessments, the winners will be announced late March.

Be inspired and learn new approaches from the organisations shortlisted for the Award for Civic Arts Organisations, you can read more about them here.

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