Visionary Arts Foundation has announced the return of the Visionary Honours awards for its third edition. The awards will be hosted by Sir Lenny Henry and will be held at BAFTA 195, Piccadilly in London’s West End on 1st March 2022.
The Visionary Honours are the UK’s only awards show that celebrates social impact through media and entertainment, as well as celebrities, influencers and community workers that have made a positive cultural impact. The third edition of the awards will recognise the people and works produced during the last 18 months* across our communities, globally and within the arts themselves.
From diversity and inclusion, to mental health, youth violence and the climate crisis, the Visionary Honours highlights that people can make a difference in the world through music, film, literature, theatre and digital media, thereby creating positive change through the arts.
Sir Lenny Henry has said: “I am thrilled to be returning to host the Visionary Honours. These awards are about shining a light on writers, directors and producers who are creating work that is reflective of the diverse society we live in and telling stories that can have a positive impact on our communities. ”
The judges for the upcoming awards are leading authors, journalists, critics, writers, editors, producers and activists: Adrian Grant, Be Manzini, Boyd Hamilton, Matt Deegan, Emily Jupp, Guy Lodge, Joanna Abeyie, Paul Taylor-Mills, Rhianna Dhillon and Yasmin Evans. Please find quotes from the judges below.
The judges will be selecting nominees across the following categories:
Nominations will be revealed across the different categories in January 2022, and open to a public vote.
Previous winners and attendees have included: Ross Kemp, Juno Dawson, Professor Green, George the Poet, Dave, Fraser T. Smith, Jesy Nelson, June Sarpong, Lucy Moss, Scarlette Douglas, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Malorie Blackman, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and more.
Adrian Grant, Founder of Visionary Arts Foundation, has said: “The Visionary Honours highlights the amazing work of creators in music, film, television, theatre, literature, digital media and in the community who are using their talent to make a difference. It’s been an incredibly challenging 18 months for the arts, but we want to celebrate the people who have stepped up to create work with social impact and tell inspirational stories at a time when the world seems most divided. Through our foundation we can empower the next generation of creators to use their platforms to highlight a variety of social injustices around the world and bring about change.”
What: Visionary Honours 2021.
When: 6.30-11pm. Tuesday 1st March 2022.
Where: BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LN
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ABOUT THE VISIONARY ARTS FOUNDATION
The Visionary Arts Foundation advocates social change and debate created through film, music, literature, theatre and digital media.
They empower young adults to use their artistic platforms as the sound board for discussion and raising awareness across social issues from racism, inclusion, equality and mental health, to climate change and youth violence.
The foundation provides mentoring and bursaries for grass root creatives, aged 18 to 29, and has recently launched The Visionary Arts Social Impact Short Film Competition, which will award 5 creators with £1,000 each towards making a short film/documentary that tells a story with a social impact. The winning films will be screened at the inaugural Visionary Arts Film Festival in October 2022.
QUOTES FROM JUDGES
““Around the world, artists and creators are in an exciting, constructive stage of transition and self-interrogation regarding their social responsibilities, and the way they reflect and represent the world we live in, so it’s an honour to participate in an awards show that puts these concerns first.””Guy LodgeFilm Critic
““The Visionary Honours are a unique and vital part of spotlighting the positive social impact of film, bringing people together through shared values and a love for the arts. I’m proud to continue to be a part of the judging process.””Be ManziniFilm Critic
““I’m absolutely thrilled to have been asked to work with Visionary Honours 2022 on their Theatre short-list. The awards celebrate those making real and tangible differences to the world we live in so I was delighted to have been asked to wave the flag for them. And importantly, to support the incredible work that’s happening in theatre.””Paul Taylor-MillsArtistic Director
““I am truly honoured to be a part of the Visionary Honours awards show this year. I truly adore the way that the arts make you feel; how they can change you, mould and guide you. I can’t remember the last time I didn’t hear or listen to music, but this last year I realised how music can save and support you. The fact that artists have been able to gather the power to create, after what could have been one of the toughest years of their lives means that in some cases we have probably received it very differently than before. It’s an honour to be able to celebrate all the nominees in this moment and I look forward to it.””Yasmin EvansRadio DJ and Television Presenter
“I'm delighted and honoured to be a juror for the Visionary Honours - I think now more than ever, we need to recognise diversity and representation in the arts, to find people who want to celebrate what makes them unique, to seek out stories that are trying to have an impact on society and the Visionary Honours are a great way of giving people a platform to effect such change.”Rhianna DhillonFilm & TV Critic
““It’s an honour to be a judge for these unique awards which rightly celebrate the social impact that the best arts and culture can achieve.””Boyd HiltonTV Critic
* Nominations for the Visionary Honours are based on the social impact a work/person has created between 1st June 2020 to 14th November 2021.