Winners of the Visionary Arts Awards 2024 Announced!

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The winners for 2024 Visionary Arts Awards have been unveiled. This year there were 6 categories in which the general public could vote, from a shortlist drawn up by authors, producers, writers, journalists and other key industry members.

The Visionary Arts Awards are the UK’s only awards show dedicated to celebrating social impact through popular culture and the arts, including creatives, activists 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.

FILM OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Earth Mama – Directed & Written by Savanah Leaf / Production by A24 & Film 4
RUNNER-UP: Rustin
RUNNER-UP: Past Lives

Earth Mama poster

With two children in foster care, Gia, a pregnant single mother pitted against the system, fights to reclaim her family. In her close-knit Bay Area community, she works to make a life for herself and her kids.

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie (Apple TV+)
RUNNER-UP: David Harewood On Blackface (BBC2)
RUNNER-UP: Stamped From The Beginning (Netflix)

Still Michael J Fox
Follows the life of beloved actor and advocate Michael J. Fox, exploring his personal and professional triumphs and travails, and what happens when an incurable optimist confronts an incurable disease.

TELEVISION SHOW OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Dreaming Whilst Black (BBC3)
RUNNER-UP: Three Little Birds (ITV)
RUNNER-UP: Queen Charlotte – A Bridgerton Story (Netflix)

Dreaming Whilst Black

Kwabena is an aspiring film-maker working a dead-end job in recruitment. When he bumps into Amy, an old friend from film school who has just returned from three years in Nigeria, she offers to pass his script, Jamaica Road, to the development team at the production company where she works.

But life isn’t as simple as all that, and Kwabena may have to make some sacrifices in order to pursue his dream.

SONG OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Don’t Stop – Future Utopia, Avelino & Tomorrow’s Warriors (Greenpeace)
RUNNER-UP: Run, Run, Run – McKinley Dixon
RUNNER-UP: Against The War – Beans On Toast

Don't Stop Greenpeace

Don’t Stop is a song and short film from Greenpeace in collaboration with a host of incredible artists.

This is not your typical charity single. It’s a call to arms, an impassioned plea to take action today, for the sake of tomorrow.

Multi-award-winning producer Fraser T Smith – who has worked with everyone from Stormzy and Adele to Kano and Drake – has created a gripping reinvention of the classic Fleetwood Mac song Don’t Stop.

Don’t Stop shines a light on the fight of our lives – to save our planet from climate breakdown. It exposes the grotesque behaviour of oil companies enjoying record profits while our world burns. But ultimately it is a story of hope: it points to the power in all of us to stop this recklessness.

PLAY/MUSICAL OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Grenfell: In The Words Of Survivors (National Theatre)
RUNNER-UP: Strange Loop (The Barbican)
RUNNER-UP: School Girls, Or The African Mean Girls Play (Lyric Theatre)

Grenfell Play

A powerful verbatim play from the testimony of residents at the heart of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Six years on, interviews conducted with a group of survivors and bereaved reveal the impact of the multiple failures that led to a national disaster, asking: how do we stop this ever happening again?

Created from these interviews by Gillian Slovo (Another World: Losing our Children to Islamic State), the play is co-directed by Phyllida Lloyd (The Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy) and Anthony Simpson-Pike (The P Word).

Startling and deeply moving, it explores the courage and resilience of an ill-treated community and their continued campaign for justice.

BOOK OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Snowflake – Lucy Nichol (Wellbeck Publishing Group)
RUNNER-UP: Decolonising My Body – Afua Hirsch
RUNNER-UP: Transitional – Munroe Bergdorf

Snowflake by Lucy Nichol
Take a deep-dive into some of the most harmful mental health stereotypes with mental health advocate and author Lucy Nichol.

Lucy exposes 10 of the most harmful mental health stereotypes and explores the impact of social media, the power of the press and how mental health is represented in popular culture.

With the help of experts and the voices of those affected by these harmful perspectives, Lucy makes a case for how we can dismantle stigma once and for all.

Congratulations to all of our winners and nominees, and to our judges for taking the time to compile such a great shortlist of work.