Winners Announced For Creative Green Awards 2017

We announced the winners of the inaugural 2017 Creative Green Awards during a ceremony at Somerset House presented by Caroline Lucas, Co-Leader of the Green Party and MP for Brighton Pavilion.

We were joined at Somerset House by 70 special guests and cultural leaders representing a wide range of the cultural and creative community all gathered to hear this year's first ever Creative Green Awards winners announced by Caroline Lucas.

“I’m honoured to be presenting this award. Julie’s Bicycle is an incredibly inspiring organisation who make a real difference when it comes to environmental action. The creative community can have such a huge impact on our approach to sustainability and I look forward to meeting a wonderful group of environmental heroes.”

– Caroline Lucas, Co-Leader of the Green Party, MP for Brighton Pavilion

Guests were welcomed to the ceremony by Diana Spiegelberg, Deputy Director of Somerset House who was followed by Curator, Karishma Rafferty to talk about the latest art installation in The Edmond J Safra Fountain Court, Western Flag (Spindletop, Texas 2017) by Irish artist John Gerrard.

Poet Selina Nwulu was introduced by JB CEO Alison Tickell, delivering a moving performance of a piece titled 'Home is a Hostile Lover' with the realtime video feed of Western Flag as her backdrop.

Awards were then presented by Caroline Lucas in nine categories with a special recognition category for Staff Champions leading on environmental action in their organisations.

And the winners are....

Outstanding Achievement 


Highest Achievement for Commitment 

Lyric Hammersmith

Highest Achievement for Understanding 

Sheffield Theatres Trust

Highest Achievement for Improvement 

Soho Theatre

Best Creative Group 

Festival Republic 

Best Festival 


Best Museum and Gallery

Camden Arts Centre

Best Performing Arts Venue

Young Vic Theatre

Best Office

Donmar Warehouse

Staff Champion

Karen Simmonds (Universal Music UK)

Helen Tully (Norwich Theatre Royal) 

Andrew Fletcher (Lyric Hammersmith)

Daniel de la Motte-Harrison (Young Vic Theatre)

Alison Tickell, CEO Julies Bicycle:

“The Creative Green awards are celebrating some of the most outstanding cultural organisations in the country. These pioneering arts organisations have been doing brilliant work combining practical actions with inspirational ideas.”

The Creative Green Award is the only pan arts award recognising the contribution of the creative industries to climate change, and celebrates over 50 arts organisations undertaking Creative Green certification in 2016/17. 

Running since 2009, Creative Green is a certification enabling venues, museums & galleries, festivals and offices to assess their environmental commitment, understanding and improvement.  With over 250 Creative Green certificates awarded this is the only scheme designed specifically for the cultural sector.

We would like to thank the judges of the 2017 Creative Green Awards: Phil Cumming, Judith Knight, Dr. Russell Layberry and Steve Tompkins.

Above all we would like to thank the inspiring community of Creative Green organisations who are pioneering sustainable cultural practice.

Image: Creative Green Awards Winners 2017 with Caroline Lucas. Photo: Alick Cotterill.

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