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 20th 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

Marion Catlin

Marion helps people develop and deliver projects and promote them under the banner Culture Shift, as well as running the associated website and social media accounts.

St Mary’s Works for The Shoe Factory Social Club

The Shoe Factory Social Club offers free warehouse space to the local community during the regeneration of the St. Mary’s Works site, one hundred years after the factory was built by shoe-makers Sexton, Son & Everard.


THE THEATRE AWARD –Sponsored by City College Norwich

Vic Young for his work as Chair of The Great Hall Theatre Company

Vic has had a lifelong involvement in the theatre – from producing variety shows in Kent to leading a programme of change at the Great Hall Theatre Company, one of the leading drama organisations in Norfolk which delivers theatre in the round.

Jo Edye for his work in direction and production with Crude Apache Theatre Company

Jo co-founded Crude Apache in 1994 and was the driving force behind Crude Apache’s recent season at The Shoe Factory Social Club – a dystopian Richard the Third and a politically charged revival of Howard Brenton’s Magnificence.


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

Paint Out Norwich

The seeds of Paint Out were sown by James Colman at Hostry Festival 2013, and Paint Out Norwich launched at the 2014 Festival with 28 artists brought to Norwich to paint our fine city. Since then, the project has grown to 3 locations, with plans to take it on the road outside of Norfolk in 2018.

Beverley Coraldean for her work on the Norwich BID murals

Beverley Gene Coraldean is a Norwich based illustrator who has made her mark drawing detailed landscapes, architectural style illustrations and typography.


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

Elly Griffiths

Elly Griffiths was born in London and moved with her family to Brighton when she was five. Her Dr Ruth Galloway series of novels, featuring a forensic archaeologist, are set in Norfolk; while her second crime series, Stephens and Mephisto, is based in1950s Brighton.

Frances and Michael Holmes

Frances and Michael have written and published books covering a range of topics, including Norwich Market, the old courts and yards and the City’s shoe trade.


THE MUSIC AWARD – Sponsored by Norfolk Music Hub


KlangHaus is a site-responsive promenade show using live music, light, sound and space from Norwich based art-rock band The Neutrinos and Great Yarmouth born visual artist Sal Pittman.

Mammal Hands

Drawing on a rich well of influences from Sufi and shamanic African trance music to Steve Reich and Philip Glass, Mammal Hands’ music is built around deceptively simple sounding ideas that are lent power through the use of repetition and rhythmic loops.


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

Becky Jago and Jonathan Willis for presenting ITV News Anglia

Becky has been presenting ITV News Anglia since 2005, and has also presented BBC1’s Newsround programme, ITV’s Entertainment Today, Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff, and has also been Anglia’s weather presenter. Jonathan joined ITV News Anglia in February of 2008 following a decade with ITV London and at ITN where he was a sports and news correspondent.

Susie Fowler-Watt and Stewart White for presenting BBC Look East

Susie Fowler-Watt has co-presented the regional television news programme BBC Look East with Stewart White for 20 years, and is also a long-standing columnist at the bestselling EDP Norfolk Magazine. Stewart White has been presenting BBC Look East for more than 30 years and also presents Sunday Politics for BBC East.



Lynn Ireson and Daniel Smith for Sound Ideas Theatre Company’s productions 2016/17

Lynn is a freelance Learning and Development Consultant, which has proved to be excellent grounding when working on some of the unusual challenges involved in the production of the interesting and innovative work of Sound Ideas Theatre Company. Daniel is a freelance graphic designer and joint artistic director of Sound Ideas Theatre Company.

Matilda Zeigler and Richard Allain for Norwich School’s production of Sweeney Todd

Matilda has been an actor for over 25 years and has worked extensively in theatre, TV and film; she is currently Director in Residence at Norwich School. Richard Allain is the Director of Music at Norwich School; in addition to a busy teaching life, he is also active as a composer.


THE NEW DIVERSITY AWARD – Sponsored by Norwich Arts Centre

Eyebrow Arts

Eyebrow Arts devise and facilitate exemplary creative projects for adults with learning disabilities, older people and people with dementia.

Sink Ya Teeth

Sink Ya Teeth are a Norwich based, women led, dance-infused, post-punk minimalist duo, formed at the tail end of 2015.



Barrington Farm, Walcott

Founded in 1987, Barrington Farm is a unique, independent centre for adults with learning difficulties that supports the artists to participate in exhibitions and other cultural activities in the wider community.

Lucy Farrant for Young Norfolk Arts Trust (YNAF)

Lucy has been involved with Young Norfolk Arts Trust since the autumn of 2013. Young Norfolk Arts Trust promotes and celebrates the creativity of all young people in the County by offering opportunities for them to participate in a wide variety of art forms in ways and at times which suit them.



Alexander Banks

Alexander Banks is the founder and creative director of The Moss Banks Company a Norfolk-based project developing exciting entertainment. He has performed with groups such as The Norwich Players, and will produce, direct and perform in a self-penned drama at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017.

Matthew Freeman

Recently graduated from the Production Arts course at City College Norwich. Matthew started his career volunteering backstage at Sheringham Little Theatre before starting work at the Pavilion Theatre, Cromer as a casual technician.


ICON AWARD – Sponsored by Lovewell Blake

Winner to be revealed on the night of the Norfolk Arts Awards – Friday 20th 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 20th 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 2017. To place your vote click here or visit


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

Winner to be revealed on the night of the Norfolk Arts Awards – Friday 20th October.