Celebrating the Unsung Heroes
of East London’s Art Scene

VIEW 2018 Shortlist >>

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DiAndre Banks Silvera
@anonymouspoetree
Spoken Word Artist

“#Artskickers has opened so many doors, given me direction, given me a kick up the arts! I’m writing my first headline show. I’ve interviewed Rudimental, written for a magazine, performed for an ambassador and freestyled with a full orchestra – all experiences which are alien to me. Being thrown out of my comfort zone has helped me grow as an artist, but most importantly as a young man. Angie and Kay most definitely have been the cornerstone for me. Angels!”

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Nesah Gonzales
Disney Scholar at the Royal Academy of Music
Performer

#Artskickers recognised my talent and helped me network, meeting Rudimental and putting me in touch with Susie at the Hackney Empire. It kept me active and helped boost my confidence to believe that using my talent to connect with others is the right thing. They are amazing people who support me on my journey all the way and are willing me on. I know I have friends by my side.

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John Mulholland
The Guardian USA
Editor

Impressive, elegant, moving… a brilliant effort, recognising brilliant efforts.

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Karen Pedro
Gayhurst Community School
Associate Head Teacher

What an amazing evening. The children were literally open-mouthed the whole time, it was such a fantastic experience for them.

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Yinka Shonibare MBE
Artist & Member of The Royal Academy

It takes a community to raise an artist. The #Artskickers Awards is building that community. It’s a privilege to be part of this extraordinary event.

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Denise Gough
Olivier Award winning Actress

Hands down, the best, most meaningful awards ceremony I’ve ever been to.

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Angie Gough
Arts Kickers Awards
Founder

Our vision is to create a powerful network of #Artskickers across the UK. With proven success in East London, we’ve got ambitious plans to broaden our reach. Join us!

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Melita Denaro
St. Joseph’s Hospice
Volunteer

What a wonderful evening it was, inspiring, moving and great craic. It was like being dipped in honey. Thank you.

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Sarah McFadden
Rosetta Arts
Programme Coordinator

MASSIVE THANK YOU for arranging such a wonderful evening. We felt honoured to be included, and humbled by all of the amazing people and work going on around us.

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Ruth
Yinka Shonibare Studios

It really was one of the more inspirational evenings we’ve been to in a very long time.

Cultural Learning Alliance

Evidence shows that children who study the arts tend to do better in other subjects; they are more likely to attend university, and are more employable.

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Sir Ken Robinson

When people find their medium, they discover their real creative strengths and come into their own. Helping people to connect with their personal creative capacities is the surest way to release the best they have to offer.

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Sir Nicholas Serota

Learning through and about the arts enables young people to make, learn and express themselves. This is fundamental to achieving success in school and in later life.

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Kay Richardson
Artskickers
Director

The impact of the #Artskickers awards has been dynamic; new collaborations, networks and support all strengthening arts practice across East London. Do not underestimate the power of saying ‘Thank you ‘ to a room full of artists, facilitators and organisations who share the same vision and passion for the arts. The results are magical.

Artkickers Shortlist 2017 – 2018 list coming soon…

Wall of Fame

We had a whopping 256 submissions in 2017, every single one an #Artskicker. We put them ALL on a great big yellow wall, displayed at The Stage EC2.

After heated debate, our panel of experts shortlisted this bunch of #Artskickers – go have a looksee at the great work they do…

COMMUNITY SUPERHERO (Individual) AWARD
Jessica Boatright, Ingeenium
Jo Carter, Immediate Theatre
Kenneth Greenway, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park
Lara Fiorentino & Greg Key, BSMT Space
Tess Hunkin, Hackney Mosaic
Melita Denaro, Richard Livingstone, Zeynap Dagli and Robin Gardiner,
St. Joseph’s Hospice Arts Volunteers
Pete Bennett, Hackney Wick

Talk to us…

We’re always happy to hear from anyone who bothers their #arts to get in touch, no matter the reason. You can do it on instagram, twitter or facebook, or email us right here. Over to you…

For press related stuff, or if you’d like to have a chinwag with one of our artskicking judges,
email Angie or Kay

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