Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Yes, It's Going to Be Tough but Let's Be Proud of Ourselves

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Yes, It's Going to Be Tough but Let's Be Proud of Ourselves

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WITH Arts Council England's announcement about future funding plans due tomorrow morning, many of those who attended the fifth annual Journal Culture Awards will have had other things on their mind over the last few days and weeks.

Brian Aitken, Editor of The Journal, alluded to this in his introduction last night, saying: "There's no doubt that the economic climate is considerably colder today than it was a year ago - and it wasn't warm then.

"Everyone is facing tough times and I dare say that there is a considerable number of people in this room who are waiting apprehensively on news of their arts funding.

"But this is one region where we can say with certainty that culture has played a major part in its regeneration - and, collectively, we have the intelligence, the imagination, the creativity and the resilience to carry on with that.

"If we can't do things in the same way, then we'll just have to do them differently."

But he added that while no one could pretend that talk of budget and funding cuts wasn't happening, last night was talent and achievement. all about celebrating Specifically, it was a celeb achievements of 2010 when bration of the n, as the judges would tell d innovative things region.

you, lots of memorable and happened throughout the The winners, naturally, w the Gala Theatre in Durham also had reason to feel pro Some of the award categ contested than ever, result debate before the winners upon. were cheered heartily at m but all those shortlisted ud.

gories were more hotly ing in some spirited were decided In particular, there were last year which made those challenging to judge. some excellent events e categories particularly But the achievement of B Contemporary Art in moun text-based exhibition by Am Holzer eventually won the event. Baltic Centre for nting the spectacular merican artist Jenny award for best overall The audience was treated musical entertainment last d to some first-class t night.

Lesley Roley, a finalist in the Newcomer of the Year category, is a singer of great promise who has already supported some big names and brought out a couple of well-received EPs. …

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