Visionary Arts Awards

The fourth annual Visionary Arts Awards took place on the 21st March at the Ham Yard Hotel, in London, hosted by Scarlette Douglas, in support of our charity partner, Show Racism The Red Card.

The Visionary Arts Awards are the UK’s only awards show dedicated to celebrating social impact through popular culture, entertainment, media and the arts, including celebrities, influencers and community workers who have inspired change.

From diversity and inclusion, to mental health awareness and the climate crisis, the Visionary Arts Awards showcases that people can create a positive change through film, television, music, literature, podcasts, theatre and their social media platforms.

Adrian Grant, Founder of Visionary Arts Foundation, has said: “The Visionary Arts Awards celebrates the amazing work of creators across the arts, activists and community workers who are using their talent and platforms to make a difference. We highlight the people who have produced work with social impact at the heart of the creative process and tell inspirational stories at a time when the world seems most divided. Through our foundation we empower the next generation of creators to use their platforms to highlight a variety of social injustices around the world and bring about change.”

The shortlist for the twelve award categories was compiled by a panel of judges made up of leading authors, journalists, critics, writers, editors, producers and activists. The shortlist was then put to the public, who voted for the person or work they feel had made the greatest social impact.

The award winners were –

Visionary Honour

  1. Book of the Year – The Climate Book by Greta Thunberg
  2. Podcast of the Year – Happy Place by Fearne Cotton
  3. Play/Musical of the Year – For Black Boys – Royal Court Theatre
  4. Documentary of the Year – Judi Love: Black, Female & Invisible – Channel 4
  5. Television Show of the Year – I Am Ruth – Channel 4
  6. Short Film of the Year – Prabhaav by Thasvi Venkat
  7. Film of the Year – The Woman King by Gina Prince-Bythewood
  8. Song of the Year – FUBU by Kojey Radical
  9. Inspirational Person of the Year – Lizzo
  10. Community Person of the Year – Kwajo Tweneboa
  11. Legacy Honour – Naomi Campbell

The prestigious Visionary Legacy Honour was awarded to Naomi Campbell in recognition of her illustrious career in fashion and as an activist spanning over four decades.  Other nominees included Stacey Dooley, Fearne Cotton, Judi Love, Rio Ferdinand, Sir Mo Farah and Martin Lewis.

From books that are breaking down mental health stigmas, to television shows inspiring self-love and positivity, films and documentaries that ignite and inspire generations to come to theatre shows about male bonding and group therapy to songs that are brimming with hope and a social message to be heard – these awards offer a vital platform for underrepresented voices that are having a cultural impact in the UK today.

For the 2023 awards, nominations were based on the social impact the work/person created from 15th December 2021 – 16th December 2022.