2018 PRIZE

We received a record number of nominations this year from organisations of all sizes and art forms across the country, including our first nomination from Wales and building momentum in Scotland.

Winners announcement press release.

Image gallery and press reaction.



Régis Cochefert Director of Grants and Programmes at the Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Marcus Davey Chief Executive & Artistic Director of the Roundhouse

Cerian Eiles Achates Philanthropy Associate

Nigel Farnall winner of the 2016 Achates Philanthropy Prize

Claire & Ray Gard winners of the 2017 Individual Philanthropy Award

Caroline McCormick Director of Achates Philanthropy

Michael Nabarro Co-founder & CEO of Spektrix

Aliceson Robinson Foundation Trustee and Young Philanthropy champion

Bill Swainson Achates Philanthropy Foundation Trustee and Chair of the panel

Rt Hon Tom Watson MP Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

Ministry of Stories and John Gillman & Mary Winch

John and Mary discovered Ministry of Stories through its newly appointed Deputy Director who they knew in a prior role at a major homelessness charity they supported. The couple are regular theatre and arts attenders but viewed culture as a social activity quite separate from their charitable giving. After learning more about Ministry of Stories’ mission to champion the writer in every child, and its specific work to reach young people from East London who may face socio-economic barriers and/or have limited opportunity to develop a love of writing within mainstream education, John and Mary donated an unrestricted gift of £1,000 – their first donation to a cultural organisation.

Northern Ballet and Jolyon & Carol Harrison

Jolyon and Carol first saw Northern Ballet perform in March 2017, as guests of one of the company’s Corporate Sponsors. Later that year they donated to the company's appeal to raise money for pointe shoes, giving £350 – the cost of one dancer’s supply of shoes for a whole month. Weeks later, Jolyon purchased a table (£1,250) for a fundraising dinner to support Northern Ballet’s outreach programme, Spotted, which works to bring dance to children from deprived areas of Yorkshire. In March 2018, the couple committed a further philanthropic donation of £1,500 each year, indefinitely.

The Old Vic and Richard & Annie Kleiner

Richard and Annie set up a £12,000 bursary to provide financial living assistance to an emerging female director from outside of London, to cover the otherwise prohibitive costs associated with a move to the capital to pursue their career. The Florence Kleiner Bursary was established in the name of their daughter, who sadly died aged 19 from leukaemia. Florence had an insatiable appetite and passion for theatre, film and TV and had very focused aspirations on being a director in one of those facets of the entertainment industry. The Bursary is attached to The Old Vic’s Baylis Assistant Director programme, and the recipient will receive a paid position as an Assistant Director on a main-stage show, as part of a year-long attachment to the theatre.

The Plough Arts Centre and Lindsey & Nigel Timms

Lindsey and Nigel moved to North Devon five years ago and quickly became regular attenders at The Plough Arts Centre. In 2017 The Plough together with first-time cultural philanthropists, Claire and Ray Gard, won the Achates Philanthropy Prize and set up The Achates Gard Bursary with the £5,000 prize fund to offer free places for local young people to attend The Plough's Youth Theatre. Lindsey and Nigel read about the appeal for further donors in The Plough’s newsletter and gifted an initial £200 to offer one child a place for a year, followed by a commitment to continue supporting for the next five years, taking their total donation to £1,200.

Theatre Uncut Productions and Vicky Graham

In 2017 Theatre Uncut applied for charitable status and was required to demonstrate funds of £5,000 in its account. Vicky Graham, a young independent theatre producer, who was then Chair of the Board, agreed to lend the organisation £1,000 to kick-start the fundraising initiative. Once the registration was finalised, Theatre Uncut needed to raise £4,000 to pay for the commissioning of its next cycle of new plays. Vicky offered to convert her original loan into a donation, her first philanthropic gift, which in turn inspired other Trustees to follow her example.

The Yard Theatre and Joanna Kennedy

Joanna first attended a production at The Yard in 2013, at the invitation of a Board member, and soon after became a regular attender. In 2016, as Trustee of The Arts Patrons' Trust, Joanna recommended The Yard for a grant towards the production of MJ Harding’s Removal Men, which was successful. Around the same time, she began a Masters in Theatre, with a focus on the history of The Yard. In November 2017 Joanna pledged £2,500 towards the theatre, becoming its first Silver Guardian. She cites her love of The Yard’s commitment to working with local artists and bringing new audiences to theatre by balancing affordable tickets with a high-quality artistic offer.

Special Honorary Mention: Fio and Abdul Shayek

Abdul Shayek is a theatre director and artistic director/CEO of Fio, working a full-time contract on a part-time salary to support the long-term development of the company far beyond his job description. He passionately believes in the charitable aims of Fio and the urgent need for sector change for the arts in Wales. Abdul’s nomination is not for a financial gift, though it is noted that his offer to work for half of his expected annual salary enabled the appointment of a part-time Executive Producer for the fledgling organisation. This generosity combined with significant time and effort he's invested to drive Fio forward on key areas – including diversity, access and equality for the arts in Wales – secured this nomination from Fio’s Executive Producer, Shane Nickels.



Robert Addison winner of the 2017 Corporate Award and Managing Director of Hexham & Northern Marts

Anthony Blackstock one of the UK’s leading experts in finance for cultural organisations  

Claire Bodanis Founder & Director of Falcon Windsor

Anisa Haghdadi Founder & CEO of The Beatfreeks Collective

Callum Lee Managing Director of BOP Consulting

Caroline McCormick Director of Achates Philanthropy

Libby Penn digital specialist working across the cultural sector and Chair of the panel

Clare Titley Director of Philanthropy at Arts Council England

Rt Hon Ed Vaizey MP former Minister for Culture & the Digital Economy

Vivien Wallace former Executive Director of Development at The Old Vic

Dagmar Walz Achates Philanthropy Foundation Trustee

The Museum of Architecture and Finsa

The Museum of Architecture’s (MoA) relationship with Finsa began in 2017 during its Gingerbread City exhibition – a project Finsa supported in-kind. In 2018, they commissioned MoA to produce a conference for London Festival of Architecture, contributing £15,000 in fees, without expectation of artistic input in terms of curation. The nomination for the Corporate Award is for the third collaboration between MoA and Finsa, for Finsa’s support in-kind, as well as £5,000 cash support for a community pavilion project MoA organised for RBKC and Notting Hill Residents during London Design Festival 2018. MoA are nominating Finsa for their unique approach to philanthropy that is based on trust and an uncompromising interest in supporting innovative ways of thinking in architecture and design, and a shared desire to redefine the relationship between suppliers and architects.

National Centre for Writing and WREN & FCC Environment

National Centre for Writing (NCW) is a unique national literature organisation embracing all types of writing. Its home is Dragon Hall, a stunning Grade I listed merchant’s hall in Norwich, England’s first UNESCO City of Literature. NCW’s capital campaign culminated in spring 2018 when they reached their target of £2.05m. There are relatively few capital projects in this art form and bringing together the funding for this kind of project outside London and in a tough fundraising climate was a challenge. WREN and FFC Environment’s support came at an especially challenging time for NCW, when increased costs had added over £250k to the campaign total. This is also the largest grant WREN and FFC Environment have ever made to the arts. In becoming NCW’s lead Community Heritage Partner, WREN and FCC Environment’s support enabled key renovation work to the Great Hall and Great Arch (which date back to the 1400s), secured full accessibility for deaf audiences, created a community garden and supported the new education spaceat the heart of the project.

The National Youth Theatre and L&Q

L&Q awarded the National Youth Theatre (NYT) £54,650 in October 2017 to fund a London schools tour of a brand new play highlighting the ways in which homelessness affects young Londoners. Performed by 19-25 year olds on NYT’s Playing Up course, Snakes and Ladders, by Rebecca Manley, toured to eight schools across Newham, Waltham Forest, Lewisham and Croydon, receiving extremely positive feedback from pupils and schoolteachers alike. This was L&Q’s first gift to the NYT and the success of the tour led directly to L&Q awarding a further £120,000 towards Playing Up over the next two years. Further to their financial support L&Q have championed NYT and Playing Up since this first of a kind collaboration, and nominated them for the 2018 L&Q Creating Places Awards; NYT and Playing Up have now been shortlisted under the Community Project of the Year category.

The Roundhouse and Panmure Gordon

The Roundhouse’s partnership with Panmure Gordon is built on shared values and a mutual desire to provide important life skills and support to young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds and those who are not in education, employment or training. The partnership provides Panmure Gordon employees with opportunities to engage directly with Roundhouse young creatives, allowing them to share their skills and experience through a series of workshops and mentoring opportunities. The workshops, facilitated by Roundhouse tutors and staff, focus on developing skills such as: networking, leadership, time management, and budgeting, all of which are integral to personal and professional growth. These workshops are delivered throughout the year to 18-25 year olds and are tailored to specific group needs. For Panmure Gordon, this is their first partnership of this kind with a cultural organisation and fulfils their employees’ desire to have a positive impact in the community and contribute to social change.

With One Voice (Streetwise Opera) and Laing O’Rourke

With One Voice, the international arts and homelessness movement founded by Streetwise Opera, first approached Laing O’Rourke to become a sponsor of its most ambitious exchange to date: the first-ever International Arts and Homelessness Summit & Festival across Greater Manchester from 12 to 18 November. The Dartford-based construction company agreed to contribute £5,000 cash and £5,000 in-kind to the creation of a public mural at 111 Piccadilly in Manchester, as one of the flagship activities of the Festival. Alongside their financial contribution, Laing O’Rourke offered consultancy and project management expertise through seven members of their unique leadership programme to support the creation of the mural. In addition to delivering the brief, they offered further consultancy advice about planning and development policy and legislation, informing With One Voice’s Cultural Spaces Strategy Review, and advised on With One Voice’s internal systems and processes and recommending software packages to build their capacity and increase their operating efficiency. A deep synergy between the two organisations has resulted in new thinking about ways to tackle homelessness in a practical, innovative way, with Laing O’Rourke now looking to draft a strategy to support tackling the ever more prevalent issues surrounding homelessness in the areas that they work.

World Heart Beat Music Academy and EcoWorld Ballymore

World Heart Beat Music (WHB) Academy provides music tuition and personal development opportunities to over 350 children and young people in Wandsworth and the surrounding London boroughs. In July 2018, WHB signed the 50-year lease on its first purpose designed and built home with state-of-the-art concert venue, a 750m2 building in Embassy Gardens, Nine Elms, gifted by EcoWorld Ballymore for a peppercorn rent (valued at £1 per year). Alongside this gift, valued at £5m and arguably one of the most significant donations to culture in the UK from a property developer, Ecoworld Ballymore contributed a further £375k towards fit-out costs. As well as strengthening WHB’s reputation as a centre for musical excellence, its new home will allow the organisation to double its student in-take and engage hundreds more young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The third annual Achates Philanthropy Prize Award Ceremony was held on 23 October 2018 at the Roundhouse London, presented by eminent philanthropist, Sarah Kowitz DL.

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