Award Nominees

The Norfolk Arts Awards is the Hostry Festival’s red carpet gala event, celebrating the arts in Norfolk through 16 different prestigious awards. Make sure you get involved via our social media channels and follow all the nominees on our Facebook page. Congratulations to everyone nominated and we look forward to sharing a spectacular awards ceremony with you all on the 19th October.
From August, have your say by voting for your favourite Individual Artist or Act; Small Scale Organisation or Project; or Large Scale Organisation or Project with the EDP People’s Choice Awards. 

THE BUSINESS AND THE ARTS AWARD – Sponsored by Fosters Solicitors

Kate Roma

Kate has a lifelong passion for the arts and since joining Norwich’s community radio station in 2006, has strongly believed it is an excellent platform to promote the rich and diverse local arts scene. She is also responsible for delivering funded arts projects with local partners.


Michael Rooney

Michael has been Manager of the Vauxhall Centre and CEO of the Hamlet Centre, raising £1.3 million for their disabled children’s centre. Now at Break, he is Chair of the team responsible for GoGoGorillas, GoGoDragons and GoGoHares. These trails bring joy to thousands, and millions to the Norwich economy.  


THE THEATRE AWARD –Sponsored by The Thursford Christmas Spectacular

Peter Butler 

Peter started working at Norwich Puppet Theatre 1986, bringing his engineering skills to creating sets, puppet-making and maintenance of the building and equipment. He retired in 2005, later returning as a volunteer. He works in the machine workshop and on other jobs around the theatre.


Elizabeth and John Stokes 

Elizabeth and John met whilst acting in a Chekhov play and have been involved in theatre all their lives. They have worked with the Maddermarket, Sewell Barn and the Great Hall Players, and in Norwich and Wayland prisons and UEA’s Drama Department. They are still involved in taking drama into local schools.


THE VISUAL ARTS AWARD – Sponsored by Norwich University of the Arts

Fiona Roberts

Fiona is passionate about arts, education and the creative world. She has designed and delivered a varied range of high profile events and innovative creative projects. Fiona moved to Norfolk over 25 years ago to study Fine Art at Norwich University of the Arts and has been involved in Norfolk’s cultural landscape ever since. 


Rebecca Tough & Hannelore Smith

As practicing artists and experienced educators, Rebecca and Hannelore have developed a broad and varied programme of innovative creative education opportunities from their studios. They encourage students to aim high, supporting them to realise their creative aspirations and full potential through creative exploration, exhibiting opportunities and interaction with creative practitioners.

THE JARROLD NEW WRITING AWARD – Supported by the John Jarrold Trust

Noirwich Crime Writing Festival

Founded in 2014, Noirwich is a partnership between UEA and Writers’ Centre Norwich. Each year over 1,650 people enjoy events from the best new and established crime writers. Noirwich enhances cultural tourism and brings crime writing – the country’s most popular literary form – to a wide audience, with sharp programming and  discussions. 

Sarah Perry

Sarah Perry was born in Essex in 1979 and now lives in Norwich. She has a PhD in creative writing from Royal Holloway and is the author of the award–winning After Me Comes the Flood (2014),the Sunday Times #1 bestseller The Essex Serpent (2016) and the forthcoming Melmoth (October 2018).



THE MUSIC AWARD – Sponsored by Ashwood Studios

Elizabeth Watts

Elizabeth is a former chorister of Norwich Cathedral and one of Britain’s leading sopranos. She has sung leading roles with companies in the UK and abroad including the Royal Opera House, the Edinburgh International Festival, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic, the Oslo Philharmonic and the BBC Proms.



The Vagaband

This popular Norwich-based roots rock band released their 3rd album this year to huge critical acclaim with 5-star reviews in national magazines and airplay on national and regional radio around the country. They are currently proposed for nomination for best album in the 2019 Americana UK Award.



THE BROADCAST AND MEDIA AWARD – Sponsored by the University of East Anglia

Wally Webb

Wally became part of the team that set up BBC Radio Norfolk in 1980 after leaving the RAF. Known as Wallyfilla for his ability to stand in for any role, he produced a memorable series, Village Voice, that took him to every part of Norfolk and today is still their roving reporter.


David Whiteley for The Galaxy Britain Built

This documentary celebrating the British contribution to the original Star Wars film was the idea of UK TV presenter and Star Wars superfan David Whiteley. Together with fellow filmmaker Matt Wildash, he made a film showing the behind-the-scenes talent that brought the galaxy to life and uncovered stories never heard before.


Cromer Pier Summer Show

A heritage attraction in its own right, the Cromer Pier Show is a unique example of timeless entertainment, with up to date production techniques and innovations. The Cromer Pier Summer Show continues to delight audiences with its mix of song, dance, comedy and the best of modern variety.

Blakeney Players

The Blakeney Players formed in 1956 and have being going strong ever since.  Their shows are a mixture of comedy, live music and dance and virtually all of them are original productions, with the songs a mixture of classic musical numbers, jazz, country and modern.


THE NEW DIVERSITY AWARD – Sponsored by Norwich Arts Centre

James McDermott

James’ plays include Fast Food starring Jude Law (Lyric Hammersmith), Man Hug (Theatre Royal BSE: Winner of Anglian Voices Playwriting Competition 2017), Come Yew In (Norfolk tour co-written with The Common Lot) and Rubber Ring (UK tour) which he is adapting for TV with Hat Trick. James teaches playwriting across Norfolk.

Rosie Arnold

Rosie worked at Norwich Arts Centre for 11 years, and progressed from the bar to Executive Producer, working on artist development and projects focusing on gender equality. After successfully delivering Norwich’s first Women of the World festival, she is currently based at the Southbank Centre and The WOW Foundation. 


THE EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY AWARD – Sponsored by The Theatre Royal & Norwich Playhouse

Guy Martin

Guy has worked in film and media education for almost 30 years, most recently, as Manager of Cinema City Education. He has a track record of developing and delivering projects that have transformed the lives of people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. He continues to work on his own film and music projects.


Elli Chapman, Artistic Director/CEO, Culture Works East

Elli is a champion of young people and has been developing life-long creative and cultural learning opportunities for over 20 years. In 2009 she founded the award-winning Culture Works East, she has curated and lead a cultural learning programme at Latitude festival for 7 years and is a CLORE Fellow 2017/18. 


Alice Forder

Alice is a City college student with a sustained and impressive work ethic. She meets every challenge with relish and is a mature and multi-skilled performer.  A self-starter, she listens to advice and works collaboratively with staff and students to produce outstanding work that is technically accomplished, moving and poignant.


Lucy Jackson

Lucy has been in 5 summer shows with the Theatre Royal Junior Arts Course. She has performed in Frankenstein and this year is playing the title role of Dean, a transgender male, in Pronoun.  She embraced this role with the same passion she has for all things theatre related.


Freya Windsor
Freya has outstanding attendance and a fantastic work ethic; she is fully immersed in her studies at City College Norwich, working collaboratively to create innovative and inspired work. She has really blossomed this year relishing the triple-threat approach of the Musical Theatre course.

ICON AWARD – Sponsored by City College Norwich

Winner to be revealed on the night of the Norfolk Arts Awards – Friday 19th October.

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE ARTS AWARD – Sponsored by Norwich High School for Girls

Winner to be revealed on the night of the Norfolk Arts Awards – Friday 19th October.

THE EDP PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS – Supported by the Eastern Daily Press

Public voting for the EDP People’s Choice Awards starts from August 2018. 

THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Sponsored by NORSE and Norwich City Council

Winner to be revealed on the night of the Norfolk Arts Awards – Friday 19th October.