Emeli Sande honoured with Aberdeenshire arts award

Emeli Sande was honoured at the Arts and Business Scotland Awards. Picture: PA

Emeli Sande was honoured at the Arts and Business Scotland Awards. Picture: PA

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POP star Emeli Sande’s contribution to the arts in Aberdeenshire was honoured with a prestigious new award last night

Emeli, from Alford in Aberdeenshire, was named as the first recipient of the Aberdeenshire Creative Energy Award at this year’s Arts and Business Scotland Awards in Aberdeen’s Music Hall.

The new award honours an individual or organisation for achieving exceptional success in their creative field and representing the “best of Aberdeenshire”.

The 26 year-old singer and songwriter is currently on tour in America and father Joel attended the awards ceremony to accept the award on Emili’s behalf.

She said in a recorded a message: “It’s a big honour to receive this Creative Energy Award. Thank you for all your support from the very beginning, I really appreciate it”

Aberdeenshire Provost Jill Webster said: “Emeli Sande is very deserving of this award, the first of its kind from Aberdeenshire Council. She has achieved fame on an international level and her musical abilities recognised with numerous awards, because of her talents and the hard work she dedicated to honing those skills from a young age. Emeli Sande really does represent the best of Aberdeenshire.”

The ceremony, hosted by broadcaster Janice Forsyth, is held each year to recognise the most outstanding and creative partnerships between business and arts organisations. It also recognises key individuals who have made significant contributions to Scotland’s culture over the last twelve months.

The Community Award went to Tesco Bank and the Reading Agency for the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour, an initiative that has given children in deprived or rural areas the opportunity to meet authors and illustrators.

The award for young people and the arts went to Aberdeen Harbour and the Aberdeen International Youth Festival for The Port, a multi-arts project celebrating the harbour’s 877 years of history, and the award for sponsorship by a small business was presented to Boteco do Brasil and the Glasgow Film Festival for a partnership that helped promote Brazilian cinema.

The Individual leadership award went to Seona Reid, who recently stepped down after 13 years as head of the Glasgow School of Art. Ms Reid, who is Deputy Chair of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund and chair of the Committee for Scotland, has recently been appointed a trustee of the Tate and chair of the National Theatre of Scotland.

David Watt, chief executive of Arts and Business Scotland, said: “Seona has made a particularly significant contribution to the cultural life of Scotland. “Her role as Director of The Glasgow School of Art included the lasting legacy of overseeing the £8.7 million conservation of its Mackintosh main building and a £50 million new-build project which will be completed shortly and will be named after her. In addition, her tireless work as a trustee of a number of cultural organisations as well as her previous work as Chief Executive of The Scottish Arts Council, demonstrate her commitment to ensuring that a robust cultural infrastructure is in place to support creativity and the creation of great art.”

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