Winners of the Visionary Arts Awards 2023 announced!

Naomi Campbell making her speech on stage

The Visionary Arts Awards returned for its fourth year on the 21st March 2023, in association with the UK’s leading anti racism charity, Show Racism the Red Card.

Hosted by Scarlette Douglas, the awards ceremony celebrated activists, creators and community leaders who over the past 12 months have inspired social change through the arts and their platforms including film, television, music, literature, podcasts, theatre, media platforms and their communities.

Alongside the presentation of the awards, there were live performances from pianist & composer Okiem, who’s music is described as “cinematic classical” and West End singer Cleopatra Rey accompanied by Edison on guitar, who performed ‘No Woman, No Cry’, into ‘One Love’, from Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical.

With a great ensemble of inspiring icons, community leaders and celebrities all under one roof at the beautiful Ham Yard hotel, the Visionary Arts Foundation is delighted to reveal that the winners and presenters at Visionary Arts Awards 2023 are as follows:

Podcast Of The Year
WINNER: Happy Place by Fearne Cotton
PRESENTER: Levi Roots

Fearn Cotton accepting her award on stag efor 'Happy Place' podcast, with Levi Roots & Scarlette Douglas.

Pictured: Levi Roots, Fearne Cotton & Scarlette Douglas. Photo credit: Bonnie Britain

Play/Musical Of The Year
WINNER: For Black Boys…
PRESENTER: Johannes Radebe

For Black Boys team receiving their Visionary Honour Award for best Play/Muscal of the Year. Pictured with presenter Johannes Radebe & host Scarlette Doglas.

Pictured: Johannes Radebe, Jasmyn Fisher-Ryner & Ryan Calais Cameron from ‘For Black boys’ and Scarlette Douglas. Photo credit: Bonnie Britain

Documentary Of The Year
WINNER: Judi Love: Black, Female & Invisible
PRESENTER: Nikesh Patel

Judi Love and her team on stage after receiving her award for Judi Love: Black, female & Invisible

Pictured: Nikesh Patel, Judi Love, Douglas Road team, and Scarlette Douglas. Photo credit: Bonnie Britain

Television Show Of The Year
WINNER: I Am Ruth
PRESENTER: Nicola Thorp

Director of 'I Am Ruth' on stage collecting his award with presenter Nicola Thorp & host Scarlette Douglas.

Pictured: Nicola Thorp, Dominic Savage & Scarlette Douglas. Photo credit: Bonnie Britain

TV Advert Of The Year
WINNER: See the World Differently – Virgin Atlantic
PRESENTER: Jasmine Dotiwala

Matt Simms & Alice McGinn from Lucky Generals on stage with their award for TV Advert of the Year, alongside Talulah-Eve Brown and Scarlette Douglas.

Pictured: Jasmine Dotiwala, Matt Simms, Alice McGinn, Talulah-Eve Brown and Scarlette Douglas. Photo credit: Bonnie Britian.

Film Of The Year
WINNER: The Woman King
PRESENTER: Ashanti Omkar

Judge Ashanti Omkar on stage with host Scarlette Douglas after collecting the Film of the Year award on behalf of The Woman King

Pictured: Ashanti Omkar and Scarlette Douglas. Photo Credit: Bonnie Britain.

Song Of The Year
WINNER: FUBU – Kojey Radical
PRESENTER: Jessie & Carrie – Solar Records

Kpjey Radical on stage after receiving his Visionary Honour for song of the year

Pictured: Jessie Tsang, Carrie Lucas, Kojey Radical and Scarlette Douglas. Photo credit: Bonnie Britain

Community Person Of The Year
WINNER: Kwajo Tweneboa
PRESENTER: Joanna Abeyie

Social Housing activist Kwajo Tweneboa on stga eafter receiving his award for Community Person of the Year. Pictured with judge Joanna Abeyie & host Scarlette Douglas,

Pictured: Joanna Abeyie, Kwajo Tweneboa and Scarlette Douglas. Photo credit: Bonnie Britain

Short Film of the Year
WINNER: Prabhaav by Thasvi Venkat
PRESENTER: Be Manzini

Be Manzini on stage after collecting the award for Short Film of the Year, alongside and Scarlette Douglas

Pictured: Be Manzini and Scarlette Douglas. Photo credit: Bonnie Britain.

Inspirational Person of the Year
WINNER: Lizzo
PRESENTER: Kanya King

Kanya King on stage after accepting an award for pop star Lizzo. Pictured with host Scarlette Douglas.

Pictured: Kanya King and Scarlette Douglas. Photo credit: Bonnie Britain

Book Of The Year
WINNER: The Climate Crisis – Greta Thunberg
PRESENTER: Rose Ayling-Ellis

Penguin Randomhouse team collecting the Visionary Honour for Book of the Year, pictured with presenter Rose Ayling-Ellis & host Scarlette Douglas.

Pictured: Annabel Huxley, Fiona Livesey, Rose Ayling-Ellis and Scarlette Douglas. Photo credit: Bonnie Britain

Legacy Honour
WINNER: Naomi Campbell
PRESENTER: Baroness Amos

Naomi Campbell on stage with her award, alongside Baroness Amos and Scarlette Douglas.

Pictured: Naomi Campbell, Baroness Amos and Scarlette Douglas.

From diversity and inclusion, to mental health care, the climate crisis, poverty and youth violence prevention, Visionary Arts Foundation believes that people can create a difference, as well as raise awareness of social issues via film, television, music, literature, podcasts, theatre, media platforms and their communities.

Ged Grebby, SRtRC CEO said, “Show Racism the Red Card are humbled and honoured to be chosen as the official charity partner for the Visionary Arts awards 2023. We commend the work of the Foundation and are inspired by their use of the arts to raise marginalised voices and raise awareness to tackle important social issues. Show Racism the Red Card would like to wish all the nominees the best of luck and look forward to celebrating and recognising the achievements of those who are striving to make our world a better place.”

Show Racism the Red Card team & Jermain Defoe.

Pictured: Show Racism the Red Card team and Jermain Defoe. Photo credit: Bonnie Britain

Adrian Grant, Founder of Visionary Arts Awards 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.”

Watch the highlights of the evening here:

Visionary Honour Awards

Photo credit: Bonnie Britain.