Achates Philanthropy Prize shortlist published

The shortlist for the 2018 Achates Philanthropy Prize (APP) has been published. Split over two categories, the prize recognises those who support the arts with both individual and corporate giving.

This year’s Individual Philanthropy Award shortlist includes Vicky Graham, a young producer who gave GBP1,000 (€1,125) for a Theatre Uncut Productions initiative; Jolyon and Carol Harrison, who decided to give GBP1,500 annually to Northern Ballet after attending a production for the first time; and John Gillman and Mary Winch, who supported East London’s the Ministry of Stories with GBP1,000 to help young people from difficult socio-economic backgrounds.

The Corporate Award shortlist features Finsa, who have worked closely with the Museum of Architecture; L&Q, whose donation to The National Youth Theatre helped create a play dealing with homelessness among young people that toured to schools; and Panmure Gordon, who funded a project aimed at disadvantaged young people led by The Roundhouse.

“As the effects of austerity deepen and state funding falls away, the need for fundraising has come to the fore,” said APP founder Caroline McCormick. “At a time when local authorities have fewer assets for culture, alongside a significant drop in corporate support of the arts across the UK, it is clear that building companies are having a major impact not just on the fabric of our cities, but on their cultural identity too.”

APP winners will be announced in a ceremony at The Roundhouse on 23 October. The winners will receive GBP5,000 each, with their respective philanthropists getting an APP statue created by Peter Brooke-Ball.

For the full shortlists, head to the Achates website.