£3,000 bonus prize on offer for new Cultural Impact award winner

£3,000 bonus prize on offer for new Cultural Impact award winner

The winner of a new business awards category to promote culture in Croydon will receive an outstanding bonus prize of £3,000 to fund an arts project.

The money will be given to the Cultural Impact category winner of the 2017 Croydon Business Excellence Awards in association with Gatwick Airport to create a new arts or culture project in the town.

Kevin Zuchowski-Morrison of RISEgallery with the 2015 Business of the Year award.

The unique, one-off prize, which is subject to terms and conditions, has been offered by Kevin Zuchowski-Morrison, the director of the innovative RISEgallery, who brought the works of Banksy and Damien Hirst to Croydon. As sponsor of the new category, he wants to encourage people to enter the business awards and show the range of creative activities already happening in the borough.

“Culture is such a vital part of building a community’s unique identity – it’s what ties us all together and has a real job of changing perceptions of Croydon,” said Kevin.

“There are lots of amazing people doing some fantastic work in culture and the arts in Croydon and they deserve to be recognised.”

The Cultural Impact Award will celebrate businesses and organisations which enrich our community and create a positive perception of Croydon through cultural activity. Entries could be one-off projects, or the result of what has been achieved by a business or organisation throughout the year. The category is open to a wide range of cultural and arts activities, whether they involve theatre, art, music, design, architectural projects, or events such as festivals or exhibitions.

The judges will be looking for the level of impact and the resulting benefits for Croydon of any cultural project. They will also look for evidence of how the organisation or project engaged with people, and the numbers who took part.

*Kevin Zuchowski-Morrison, a highly respected art dealer, launched RISEgallery three years ago in Croydon’s St George’s Walk, which is now at the heart of the borough’s Arts Quarter.   Specialising in contemporary, urban contemporary and post war-pop art, the gallery works closely with emerging and established international artists who display exceptional talent, technical skill and intrinsic creativity.

RISEgallery, the 2015 CBEA Business of the Year, is committed to pioneering projects in which art plays a pivotal role in being a catalyst for positive change and benefits for the community. It delivers a diverse range of programmes including, public realm art projects such as, the Arts Quarter, site-specific installations and workshops for children

The Croydon Business Excellence Awards recognise and reward the successes and achievements of the borough’s booming business community. The 14 categories are free to enter, with easy-to-follow online registration. The closing date for entries is Friday, June 23.