CHALLENGE TO POWERHOUSE; ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND.
First up is the Arts Council Award.
The Culture Awards are held in association with Arts Council England, North East.
In previous years the Arts Council Award recognised and celebrated "the achievement of an organisation or individual who has demonstrated a successful, creative and innovative way of using arts within the communities in the North- East".
The two recipients were Ira Lightman in 2006 for The Spennymoor Letters project and The Novocastrian Philosophers' Club in 2007, a theatrical journey around the Lit and Phil in Newcastle.
For 2008, it will go "to an artist or organisation based or working in the North East who has produced a truly excellent piece of work in the last year. A piece of work that continues to inspire, influencing other artists and audiences and spurring them on to unleash the creativity in themselves; a piece of work that equals and surpasses work taking place nationally and internationally ".
Arts Council England, North East director, arts and development Alison Clark-Jenkins said: "The growth of the Culture Awards reflects the region's status as a creative and cultural powerhouse."