SCOTTISH BALLET RECEIVES MULTIPLE NOMINATIONS FOR EXCELLENCE IN ARTS & BUSINESS AWARDS
CHAIR NOMINATED FOR PRESTIGIOUS ARTS CHAIR OF THE YEAR
Partnerships between Scottish Ballet, Bank of Scotland and distinguished Edinburgh
jewellers Hamilton & Inches were today celebrated as nominations for the 20th
Anniversary Arts & Business Scottish Awards were announced.
The award nominations, which celebrate excellence in partnership between business
and the arts, also acknowledged Zoe van Zwanenberg, Chair of both Scottish Ballet
and YDance, in the prestigious category of Arts Chair of the Year, recognising
outstanding leadership and commitment by a Chair of a cultural organisation.
Cindy Sughrue, Executive Producer Scottish Ballet said
"To be nominated in these categories applauds the level of dedication and support
our Sponsors provide to Scottish Ballet. From our long-term and significant
relationship with Bank of Scotland, whose generosity and vision has enabled Scottish
Ballet to produce a number of innovative and successful productions and associated
education programmes, to our more recent partnership with Hamilton & Inches, who
support the pioneering Sponsor A Dancer scheme, the Arts & Business Awards celebrate
an invaluable resource that has enabled us to produce more work and perform more
Scottish Ballet were nominated in the following categories:
Arts & Brand Identity: SCOTTISH BALLET AND BANK OF SCOTLAND
The effective use of arts sponsorship to add value to brand identity or raise
The collaboration between Bank of Scotland and Scottish Ballet has been a
relationship of over twenty years. In 2000 the Bank developed this partnership to
support Scottish Ballet's yearly Christmas production, initially as Scottish tour
sponsor of Aladdin, achieving the Bank's aim to make performances accessible to
young people and family audiences. In 2003 and 2004 the Bank was the Main Sponsor
of Ashley Page's new creation of The Nutcracker and sponsors of the Education
Programme in SIP areas in Belfast and Glasgow, allowing many children to experience
dance and the theatre for the first time.
Now in its 21st year, the relationship between Scottish Ballet and the Bank has
flourished, with Bank of Scotland committing more than a quarter of a million pounds
over 2005/2006 and 2006/07 in support of the Company's highly acclaimed Christmas
production of Cinderella. Bank of Scotland's continued investment also enables
Scottish Ballet's Education work to be presented alongside the Company's
performances, giving participants the opportunity to gain further insight into
Bank of Scotland is committed to the promotion and development of the arts in
Scotland. The brand is alive and dynamic and intrinsically Scottish. Through its
sponsorship of Scottish Ballet, another world-class Scottish brand, the Bank's
dedication to Scotland and the arts is demonstrated. The relationship serves both
organisations as a vehicle for business development, providing a significant
additional revenue stream for Scottish Ballet and an exclusive communication
platform for Bank of Scotland. The relationship is ongoing and continues to develop.
Sarah Mackie, Head of Group Sponsorship at HBOS plc said
"Bank of Scotland has sponsored Scottish Ballet for 21 years now. Our partnership
has gone from strength to strength and we have won many awards over the years. We
are delighted to be shortlisted for the Arts & Brand Identity category this year."
Arts Engagement by a Small Business: Scottish Ballet AND Hamilton & Inches
An effective and mutually-beneficial engagement with the arts by a small or
medium-sized enterprise (of under 250 employees)
First Time Arts Sponsorship: Scottish Ballet AND Hamilton & Inches
A first-time sponsorship of Scottish arts activity by a business
Scotland's leading jewellers, Hamilton & Inches became the first business to
participate in Scottish Ballet's Sponsor a Dancer initiative. Hamilton & Inches
built a particularly close relationship with the Company through their individual
sponsorship of soloist Eve Mutso, raising their profile amongst potential new
customers whilst also becoming business ambassadors for Scottish Ballet.
Sponsor a Dancer offers its supporters the prospect of enjoying a closer
relationship with its greatest assets - the dancers themselves. This Company of
talented dancers includes an exciting mixture of international and home-grown stars,
each of which can be sponsored in exchange for a wide range of benefits. This
scheme is aimed at the corporate sector and participants have the opportunity to sit
in on rehearsals, choose the dancer they would like to sponsor, and watch them
perform on stage as part of Scottish Ballet's programme. Sponsored dancers are
available to make guest appearances for corporate events, as well as mingle with
company guests for post-performance entertaining.
Hamilton & Inches enjoy looking at innovative ways to raise the profile of the brand
and broaden its appeal to various different groups of potential new customers
throughout Scotland and in London. The advantage of supporting Scottish Ballet
through Eve Mutso, a personality and dancer is just how flexible this allows the
partnership to be.
The association proved to be groundbreaking as new artistic work was actually
commissioned by the sponsor, as Hamilton & Inches launched a new range of jewellery
exclusively commissioned for Scottish Ballet's Spring Season 2005. Five specially
designed pieces took their inspiration and names from the individual works in the
Season - Façade a whimsical necklace featuring grey pearl and tourmaline in a 1920's
style long strand of beads, The Four Temperaments a bold, modern and visually
arresting piece of jewellery in black onyx, 32 Cryptograms a stylish, elegant
necklace in a twist of smoky quartz, citrine & turquoise, Walking In the Heat a
sultry, sophisticated necklace inspired by passion and warmth that captures the fire
and brilliance of the choreography of the piece & The Pump Room a necklace that
explores the theme of industrialism and romanticism contrasting classic lines with
that most modern looking of gemstones, haematite.
Jamie Fraser, MD, Hamilton & Inches said:.
"The sponsor a dancer initiative is fantastically original because it lets small
companies become involved with a national arts company at a realistic cost. It is
wonderful that our support for Eve Mutso at Scottish Ballet has been recognised in
this way and I hope it leads to more dancers being sponsored."
ARTS CHAIR OF THE YEAR:
Zoë van Zwanenberg, Chair of YDance and Scottish Ballet
Outstanding leadership and commitment by a Chair of a cultural organisation
Zoë has been Chair of YDance for 5 years and has guided the company from a small
organisation with three staff, into a national operation with 21 staff operating
across Scotland. Zoë became Chair of Scottish Ballet in 2004 and has played a
significant role in the continuing redevelopment of the Company, including national
and international profiling, and progressing a major capital project.
Zoe van Zwanenberg is currently Chief Executive of the Scottish Leadership
Foundation, a post she has held since 2000. Prior to this she was Head of
Development at the Strategic Change Unit for the NHS in Scotland.
On her nomination, Zoe van Zwanenberg said:
"I am so pleased to have been nominated for this award. Scottish Ballet has enjoyed
great success both in its artistic vision and contribution to Scotland's cultural
landscape, and I believe this is a true reflection of the strength of the
relationship between the Company and its committed group of Board members. Being
Chair of an Arts Organisation is an exciting and challenging leadership role, and I
thoroughly enjoy working with such a strong team led by Artistic Director Ashley
Page, and Executive Producer Cindy Sughrue, recognising and helping to enable this
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Such is the success of Scottish Ballet's partnership with Bank of Scotland that the
companies were last year awarded SUSTAINED ARTS PARTNERSHIP. The award was sponsored
by Arts & Business and marked the longstanding collaboration between Bank of
Scotland and Scottish Ballet. A special citation acknowledged the Bank's support of
the Company's brand-new production of Nutcracker, choreographed on the company by
Scottish Ballet's Artistic Director Ashley Page in 2003, and revived in 2004. A
further mention was made noting the Bank's commissioning of Public: Private, an
innovative short film documenting Scottish Ballet by Daniel Warren in association
with The National Galleries of Scotland.