THE ARAB BRITISH CENTRE AWARD FOR CULTURE 2017
The Arab British Centre is pleased to announce that the winners of The Arab British Centre Award for Culture 2017, are playwright Hannah Khalil and Arts Canteen.
The winners were announced at The Arab British Centre’s 40th anniversary reception at City Hall in front of over 250 guests, including Lord Owen, who inaugurated the Centre in 1977, and H.E. Sulaiman Almazroui, The Ambassador of the UAE.
A distinguished panel of judges selected the winners of the 2017 prize, from a shortlist of ten candidates. The panel included Sir Derek Plumbly KCMG, Chairman of The Arab British Centre, Venetia Porter, British Museum Curator of Islamic and Contemporary Art, Salma Tuqan, V&A Curator Contemporary Arab Art and Design, Carolyn Perry, Director MBI AL Jaber Foundation, British Council Acting Director Arts for the Middle East and North Africa, David Elliott, and previous award winner and playwright Hassan Abdulrazzaq.
The Arab British Centre would like to congratulate Hannah Khalil and Arts Canteen and the fantastic shortlisted candidates; Ahmed Masoud, Elhum Shakerifar, Reem Kelani and Issam Kourbaj in the category for Individuals, and Comma Press, Mosaic Rooms, Marsm and Qisetna: Talking Syria in the category for organisations.
The Arab British Centre Award for Culture 2017 was presented in collaboration with the British Council, who will provide the winners with the opportunity and support to develop international networks. The Award winners will also receive a £2,500 cash prize to support the development of their work.
The Arab British Centre’s 40th anniversary reception and award ceremony was made possible with the generous support of the Emirates NBD and St Edward Homes.
Winner of The Arab British Centre Award for Culture 2017 in the Category for Individuals
Winner of The Arab British Centre Award for Culture in the Category for Organisations
The Arab British Centre Award for Culture 2017: Shortlisted Candidates
The Arab British Centre Award for Culture is a biennial prize that celebrates those who have significantly contributed to the dissemination of Arab arts and culture and furthered dialogue and understanding of the Arab world in the United Kingdom.
The award series was established in 2008 for the purpose of raising awareness of contemporary Arab culture in the UK and to give financial support to individuals and organisations in the early/mid-stages of their career. The Award for Culture is a successor to the Arab British Culture & Society Award, which ran for four years between 2008 & 2011 and celebrated organisations which had made a considerable impact on the British public’s understanding of the life, society and culture of the Arab world. Winners of that prize were Al Saqi Books, Zaytoun, Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival and Al Jazeera English. In 2013 the first Arab British Centre Award for Culture was presented to the London-based, Iraqi playwright, Hassan Abdul Razaq, whose plays address issues in the Arab world.
The judging panel will consider the following criteria when selecting the winner for the AWARD FOR CULTURE 2017
- EDUCATION Has the individual’s work made a constructive contribution to British understanding of Arab culture?
- QUALITY Is the individual’s work be considered original, insightful and honest?
- IMPACT What is the impact of the individual’s work on British audiences?
- CAREER DEVELOPMENT What effect would winning the Award have on the individual?
The awards are open to individuals and organisations whose contribution to the dissemination of Arab arts and culture has advanced dialogue and understanding of the Arab world in the United Kingdom, with the exception of:
- A previous winner of The Arab British Centre Award for Culture and Society
- A current Arab British Centre resident organisation
- A current Arab British Centre associate resident organisation
The candidate’s work must be accessible to the British public and must have been delivered in the UK within the past 2 years
Previously shortlisted or nominated candidates are eligible to apply
£2,500 cash prize
£1,000 British Council Travel Grant and facilitated professional introductions in one of the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, The United Arab Emirates, Tunisia or Qatar.
Please read the terms and conditions of the prize carefully before submission. The prize winner must conduct any travel related to the prize before 31 March 2018
- Entry is open to residents of the UK except employees (and their families) of The Arab British Centre, resident and associate resident organisations of The Arab British Centre and previous winners of The Arab British Centre Award for Culture and Society and The Arab British Centre Award for Culture.
- The entrant(s) must be aged 18 or over. Proof of identity and age may be required.
- Use of a false name or address will result in disqualification.
- Entries that are, illegible, indecipherable, incomplete or false, will not be valid and deemed void.
- All entries must be made directly by the person entering the competition.
- No responsibility can be accepted for entries lost due to computer error. The Arab British Centre strongly advises candidates save their application in a separate document before submitting. If you do not receive an automated email confirming your submission, please contact The Arab British Centre on firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Arab British Centre reserves the right to amend or alter the terms of competitions at any time and reject entries from entrants not entering into the spirit of the award.
- The Arab British Centre Award for Culture may be modified or withdrawn at any time.
- The winners will be shortlisted by The Arab British Centre staff and board of trustees and selected by a panel of up to eight judges. The decision of the judges is final based on the criteria set out in the promotion and no correspondence will be entered into over this decision.
- The Award for Culture winners will be announced at The Arab British Centre 40th anniversary reception on 13 July 2017 at a central London location. All shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend. If the shortlisted entrant can not attend they must contact The Arab British Centre to discuss arrangements in advance.
- The winner(s) agree(s) to the use of their name, photograph and disclosure of county of residence and will co-operate with any other reasonable requests by The Arab British Centre relating to any post-winning publicity.
- Failure to respond to correspondence from The Arab British Centre and British Council or failure to meet the eligibility requirements may result in forfeiture of the prize.
- The prizes are as stated, are not transferable to another individual and/or organisation.
- In the event of a prize being unavailable, the Arab British Centre reserves the right to offer an alternative prize.
- Award winners must liaise with The Arab British Centre and the British Council to arrange their travel itinerary to one of the following countries; Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, The United Arab Emirates, Tunisia or Qatar, The trip must take place before 31 March 2018.
- The British Council, and where possible The Arab British Centre, will support the facilitation of local introductions to relevant organisations, institutions and individuals in country, however, the award winner will bear the responsibility of managing their own itinerary and local travel.
- The winner(s) is (are) responsible for expenses and arrangements not specifically included in the prize, including travel to the award ceremony and any necessary travel documents, passports and visas.
- Reasonable efforts will be made to contact the winner(s). If the winner(s) cannot be contacted, or are unable to comply with these terms and conditions, The Arab British Centre reserves the right to offer the award to the next eligible entrant.
- In the event of a discrepancy between these standard terms and conditions and the details in the promotional material (or any other terms and conditions provided/referred to at the time of entry), the details of the promotional material (and any other terms and conditions provided/referred to at the time of entry) shall prevail.