Announcing the Creative Green Awards 2020 Shortlist

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In a year that has seen the cultural sector challenged as never before and the alarm calls on the environment increase in intensity, Julie’s Bicycle are proud to announce the nominees for this year’s Creative Green Awards, recognising cultural organisations and events who are embedding environmental sustainability across the sector.

The nomination process for two new awards, Best Creative Programming Award and Best Campaign Award has now closed. Thank you to all those who took the time to submit such fantastic applications. Winners of these two new public awards will be announced on the night and receive a full day’s personalised programme of consultancy support.

This year’s awards sees previous year’s nominees joined by some notable newcomers. Natasha Padbury, Green Ambassador at the Depot Cinema in Lewes, said of their double nominations for ‘Best Newcomer’ and ‘Highest Achievement for Commitment’:

“It feels great to be part of the cultural climate community! Sustainability is integral to everything we do at Depot; it’s one of our core values, but it requires constant commitment and dedication. This nomination is a powerful affirmation for our team and will inspire us to go further.”

The BRIT school, famous for giving the world Adele, Jessie J and Loyle Carner amongst many others, joins the Depot in Best Newcomer and Ray Oudkerk, Assistant Principal feels that this is just the beginning:

“The BRIT School is proud of the steps we have taken on our BRIT Goes Green Campaign and delighted to have been nominated as Best Newcomer. Our staff and students have embraced using their creative voices to move us forward at pace. At the start of this term, I overheard a Year 11 student telling a new Year 10 student, they needed to “recycle properly because BRIT Goes Green” and realised we had come a long way in our first year of focus. Julie’s Bicycle have really supported us on this journey so far and we look forward to pushing the Green ambitions we have embedded in our strategic five year plan.”

‘Brit Goes Green’ logo, courtesy of The Brit School

The Creative Green programme is not just transforming UK culture.

Athens art centre, the Onassis Cultural Centre (STEGI) is a first time nominee for Outstanding Commitment, and their Executive Director, Christos J Carras is rightly proud of the steps that they have taken in 2019 in what has been a team effort:

“Achieving a higher level of sustainability depends on making green thinking a ‘standard procedure’, engaging all staff members and stakeholders in their day to day work or interaction with the organisation and keeping that energy and sense of urgency going.”

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19, the awards will be held exclusively online for the first time, on November 13th.


Outstanding Achievement


Donmar Warehouse – Norwich Theatre Royal – The Royal Court Theatre – The Unicorn Theatre

Best Newcomer


Chichester Festival Theatre – Depot Cinema – The BRIT School – Watts Gallery Trust – The Marlowe

Highest Achievement for Commitment


The Lyric Hammersmith – Sadler’s Wells – Onassis Cultural Centre – Depot Cinema – Almeida Theatre

Highest Achievement for Understanding


Lyric Theatre Hammersmith – Unicorn Theatre – Norwich Theatre Royal – Sadler’s Wells – The Gate Theatre

Highest Achievement for Improvement (sponsored by Good Energy)


Soho Theatre – Unicorn Theatre – Chichester Festival Theatre – Donmar Warehouse – Royal Court Theatre

Best Campaign


Art Not Oil, various – Green Nevis, Nevis Ensemble – Letters to the Earth, Culture Declares Emergency – My Treebute, Y-East & Artsforward – Zero Waste Festival Goer, Festival Republic

Best Creative Programming


Little Voices, Amy Jackson Studio with various contributors – Picton Poets, Metal Culture – Singing with Nightingales, The Nest Collective – Sonik Kayaks, FoAM Kernow – The Den & Local Exchange, Royal Exchange Theatre

The following two awards categories will be awarded to an organisation or individuals who have delivered exceptional innovation on sustainability.

Pioneer Award

Creative Green Champions

This year’s judges

Juliet Davenport, Founder and Chief Executive of Good Energy

Bella Sereno, Environmental and Resource Manager at Tate

Jonathan Badyal, Head of Communications at Universal Music UK

Julie Godefroy, Sustainability Consultant and Chartered Engineer

Chris Johnson, co-founder, Operations Director and Sustainability Lead, Shambala Festival

Malini Mehra, CEO, GLOBE Legislators and Ambassador of London Climate Action Week

Salome Wagaine, Programme Manager of Season for Change

The Creative Green Awards are proudly sponsored by:

Our headline sponsor – Good Energy

Our printing sponsor – Seacourt

Banner image: Depot Cinema front entrance