Online Celebration Event: The Award for Civic Arts Organisations 2023

Join us for this free online event to celebrate how co-creation within the arts is enabling positive change across the UK, and cheer us on as we wait to find out the winners!

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The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is pleased to invite you to the online celebration of the Award for Civic Arts Organisations 2023.Join us to hear about innovative co-creation work by arts organisations across the UK and to find out the recipients of this year’s Award, who will receive a total of £150,000.

Speakers will include:

  • Baroness Deborah Bull, Crossbench Peer, House of Lords, and Chair of the Panel
  • Martin Essayan, Trustee, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
  • Alan Lane, Artistic Director, Slung Low

The ceremony will highlight how the ten shortlisted organisations are using co-creation with their communities to enable positive change. You will also hear from previous recipients about the impact of the Award and their recent work.


  • The Albany, London
  • The Barn, Aberdeenshire
  • Entelechy Arts, London
  • Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
  • Knowle West Media Centre, Bristol
  • Migration Museum, London
  • Open Clasp Theatre Company, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • People United, Canterbury
  • Pop Up Projects, London/Nationwide
  • Re-Live, Cardiff

The 10 shortlisted organisations demonstrate the diversity and quality of co-creation work taking place in the UK arts sector. They were selected by an independent panel from a longlist of inspiring organisations from all over the UK, reflecting the breadth of co-creation work happening across the cultural sector.

Read more about the shortlist here.

About the Award

The Award was established by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch) in partnership with King’s College London. It is a key initiative of the Foundation’s Civic Role of Arts Organisations programme, which recognises the vital role of arts to society and encourages arts organisations to create impact within communities in imaginative and inspiring ways. In highlighting outstanding practice, the Award seeks to incentivise the wider arts and cultural sector to embrace its civic role. The Foundation’s ambition is to build a movement of change-makers, with impact in their local communities, across the UK and internationally.

With the theme ‘Co-Creating the Future’, the third edition of the Award will recognise organisations that are unlocking the creativity of their communities to navigate today’s challenges and help shape a better future. The spotlight is on organisations that are helping communities thrive, even in the most challenging of contexts – whether by igniting joy, hope, compassion and energy, improving wellbeing, forging new connections, or developing solutions. Recipients will be outstanding examples of how arts organisations can work in and with communities to address their needs and concerns, deepen relationships, and use arts and creativity to enable positive change.

The Award gives £150,000 prize funding, one of the largest amounts for an award in the arts sector.

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