South Bank Sky Arts Award

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The South Bank Sky Arts Award (originally The South Bank Show Award) is an accolade recognizing British achievements in the arts. The awards have been given annually since 1996.[1] They originated with the long-running British arts programme The South Bank Show. The last South Bank Show Awards ceremony to be broadcast by ITV was in January 2010. After the network had announced that The South Bank Show would be cancelled at the end of the 2009 season, the award ceremony continued to be broadcast by Sky Arts and was eventually renamed the South Bank Sky Arts Award. Sky Arts revived The South Bank Show itself in 2012.[2]

In addition to awards in each of the individual arts categories, the South Bank Sky Arts Awards also include the Outstanding Achievement Award recognizing lifetime contributions to the arts in Britain, and the Times Breakthrough Award recognizing outstanding new British artists. Past winners of the Outstanding Achievement Award include Julie Walters (2013),[3] Michael Frayn (2012),[4] Dame Judi Dench (2011),[5] Harold Pinter, JK Rowling, and The Who.[6]

Award categories[edit]

The 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics cauldron, winner of the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Visual Art, March 2013[7]

As of the 17th annual ceremony (broadcast March 2013), the award categories were:

  • Literature
  • Theatre
  • Visual Art
  • Film
  • Opera
  • Classical music
  • Pop Music
  • Dance
  • Comedy
  • TV Drama
  • Times Breakthrough Award
  • Outstanding Achievement in the Arts


Source: West End Theatre


Visual Arts[edit]

The Outstanding Achievement in the Arts Award[edit]


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  2. ^ Singh, Anita (1 December 2012). "The South Bank Show returns to TV". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  3. ^ Daily Express (12 March 2013). "Julie Walters lands top honour at South Bank Awards". Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  4. ^ BBC News (6 February 2013). "Olympic art nominated for South Bank award". Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  5. ^ Hemley, Matthew (25 January 2011). "Judi Dench wins at South Bank Sky Arts Awards". The Stage. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  6. ^ BBC News (29 January 2008). "South Bank awards honour Rowling". Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  7. ^ Sweeney, Sabrina (12 March 2013). "Olympic cauldron wins South Bank award". BBC News. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  8. ^ Publications, Europa. The International Who's Who 2004. p. 63. 
  9. ^ "South Bank Sky Arts Awards – Winners 2015". Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "Harold Pinter". Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  11. ^ Catchpole, Nathan. Lyrics and How They Inspire Me. 
  12. ^ Cummings, David. International Who's who in Music and Musicians' Directory. p. 532. 
  13. ^ "Richard Eyre". National Theatre. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 

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