Visionary Arts Awards 2023 shortlist announced!

Visionary Arts Awards nominees

We are excited to announce the shortlist for the Visionary Arts Awards, taking place on 21st March 2023, at the beautiful Ham Yard Hotel in London’s West End.

The awards will be hosted by Scarlette Douglas and are in support of the UK’s leading Anti-Racism educational charity, Show Racism the Red Card.

The Visionary Arts awards are the UK’s only awards show dedicated to celebrating social impact through popular culture and the arts and showcases that people can create a positive change through film, television, music, literature, podcasts, theatre and their social media platforms.

We highlight the work of amazing creators, activists and community workers who are inspiring change and/or tackling social injustice around areas such as inclusion, racism, mental health awareness and the climate crisis.

The nominations for the upcoming awards were selected by a panel of judges made up of leading authors, journalists, critics, writers, editors, playwrights, producers, activists & specialists in their fields, including Adrian Grant, Be Manzini, Boyd Hilton, Emily Jupp, Guy Lodge, Leanne Alie, Joanna Abeyie, Paul Taylor-Mills, Rhianna Dhillon, Jasmine Dotiwala, and Ashanti Omkar.

The nominations for the 2023 awards are based on a selection of work released between 15th December 2021 – 16th December 2022.

Below is this year’s shortlist:

BOOK OF THE YEAR

The Last White Man – Mohsin Hamid
Glory – NoViolet Bulawayo
A Visible Man – Edward Enninful
The Climate Book – Greta Thunberg
None Of The Above – Travis Alabanza
Are You Really Ok? Understanding Britain’s Mental Health EmergencyStacey Dooley

FILM OF THE YEAR

Bros – Nicholas Stoller
Happening – Audrey Diwan
The Silent Twins – Agnieszka Smoczynska
The Woman King – Gina Prince-Bythewood
Till – Chinonye Chukwu
She Said – Maria Schrader

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR

Big Oil vs The World – BBC2/Mongoose Pictures
Aids: The Unheard Tapes – BBC2/Wall To Wall
The Real Mo Farah – BBC1/Atomized/Red Bull
Stutz: Jonah Hill – Netflix
Judi Love: Black, Female & Invisible – Channel 4
Tipping Point: Rio Ferdinand – Amazon Prime

TV SHOW OF THE YEAR

Heartstopper – Netflix
Life & Rhymes – Sky Arts
The Walk In – ITV
Then Barbara Met Alan – BBC2
I Am Ruth – Channel 4
Marvel – Disney

SONG OF THE YEAR

FUBU – Kojey Radical
Anxiety – Miraa May
Brighter Days – Emeli Sandé
Irrelevant – Pink
This Hell – Rina Sawayama
Serotonin – Tom Walker

PLAY/MUSICAL OF THE YEAR

Prima Facie – Harold Pinter Theatre
Antigone – Regents Park Open Air Theatre
Orlando – Garrick Theatre
A-Typical Rainbow – The Turbine Theatre
Small Island – National Theatre
For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy – Royal Court Theatre

PODCAST OF THE YEAR

Two Two’s Podcast – Nana Duncan & Rose Frimpong
T Time Podcast – Khazeel King and Cole Banton
Chinese Chippy Girl – Georgie Ma
Media Storm Podcast – Mathilda Mallinson and Helena Wadia
Assata’s Chant and Other Histories – Nello and the People
Happy Place – Fearne Cotton

TV ADVERT OF THE YEAR

See The World Differently – Virgin Atlantic
The World Of Absolut Cocktails. Born To Mix – Absolut
Wear Wool, Not Fossil Fuel – The Woolmark Company
Strength In Numbers – Nivea Men

COMMUNITY PERSON OF THE YEAR

Onyinye Udokporo
Shani Dhanda
Kwajo Tweneboa
Matthew Hodson

INSPIRATIONAL PERSON OF THE YEAR

Lizzo
Martin Lewis
Chloe Kelly
Vanessa Nakate

LEGACY HONOUR – Naomi Campbell

Adrian Grant, Founder of Visionary Arts Foundation, has said: “The Visionary Arts Foundation believe that entertainment and media have the power to change the world and voices of all cultures, creed, gender, sexuality, and ability should be heard, seen and respected. Through the Visionary Arts Foundation it is our goal to open doors and provide opportunities for young creatives and to inspire them to produce work that can influence positive social change.”

Scarlette Douglas, host, has said: “I’m honoured to be hosting this year’s Visionary Arts Awards as it showcases and highlights those that are making a positive impact on our society. Having spent all of my professional life working in the arts, I understand how impactful the field can be if used in the right way, through songs and their lyrics, films and their messages and visual expression as narratives”

The public vote is now open with voting closing on 12th March. You can vote for your favourite nominees here.

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