The 2022 South Bank Sky Arts Awards nominees, announced this morning, celebrate a host of artists and arts organizations across the industry spectrum. Nominated in the Pop category this year, Little Simz with their fourth studio album Sometimes I Could Be Introverted. Sam Fender and Self Esteem join her in the battle for the top spot with their highly anticipated second albums, Seventeen Going Under and Prioritize Pleasure. The TV Series category celebrates incredible TV moments from the past year, with Russell T Davies’ critically acclaimed series It’s A Sin, Time starring Sean Bean and Stephen Graham and This Is Going To Hurt, based on the memoir at success of Adam Kay, all receiving an application.
Channel 4’s We Are Lady Parts – is nominated in the Comedy category alongside two BBC shows: ‘s Starstruck and Sophie Willan’s Alma’s Not Normal. Nominations for theater include the Young Vic and Headlong co-production Best of Enemies, Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club – starring Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley – and The Walk, the incredible project which saw 3.5m puppet Little Amal travel across more than 70 cities around the world.
Boiling Point, After Love and Passing occupy the Film category, all having already received nominations for Best British Film of the Year at the 2022 BAFTA Awards. Bluebeard’s Castle from the Theater of Sound, RhineGold from the Birmingham Opera Company and Rigoletto from the Opera North also compete for the Opera Prize.
Nominations in the Literature category this year include Monica Ali’s Love Marriage, Sarah Hall’s Burntcoat and Caleb Azumah Nelson’s debut novel Open Water. Rounding out the Visual Arts category – sponsored by Lexus – Rachel Whiteread with Internal Objects at Gagosian, Michael Armitage with Paradise Edict at the Royal Academy and Hurvin Anderson with Reverb at the Thomas Dane Gallery.
After an incredible year for dance, The Dante Project – Wayne McGregor (The Royal Ballet), Then Or Now (Ballet Black) and Starstruck (Scottish Ballet) form the Dance category. Classical nominations include Huw Watkins’ Symphony No. 2 by Hallé, Dani Howard: Trumpet Concerto by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Up For Grabs by the BBC Symphony Orchestra & Barbican.
The Times Breakthrough Award highlights emerging talent in the UK arts; also announced this morning Gabrielle Creevy (TV Drama), Liz Kingsman (Comedy), Catriona Ward (Literature), Nardus Williams (Opera), Dani Howard (Classical), Rachel Jones (Visual Art), Emily Suzuki (Dance), Samuel Creasey (Theater), Emilia Jones (Film) and Wet Leg (Pop). Previous winners include playwright Samuel Bailey, actors Jessie Buckley and Tom Hiddleston, and musicians Nubya Garcia and Stormzy.
The Outstanding Achievement Award – an award that recognizes the outstanding contribution an artist has made throughout their career to date – will be announced at the ceremony. Previous winners of this award created, written and directed by Nida Manzoor – Rose Matafeo include Grayson Perry, Harold Pinter, Tracey Emin, Judi Dench, Eddie Izzard, Helen Mirren and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
South Bank Sky Arts Awards host Melvyn Bragg comments: “British arts are forging with enormous vigor and international success – we could claim to be the world’s center of culture! Back for our 26th South Bank Sky Arts Awards, a brilliant array of artistic talent is showing – across all areas of the arts.
Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts, added: “The arts are alive in the UK – we live at a time of incredible creative energy and output and the nominees for this year’s South Bank Sky Arts Awards really reflect that. breadth and depth of talent we have in the UK. We wish good luck to everyone involved.
FULL LIST OF NOMINEES:
VISUAL ARTS (SPONSORED BY LEXUS)
Rachel Whiteread: Internal Objects, Gagosian
Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict, Royal Academy of Arts
London Hurvin Anderson: Reverb, Thomas Dane Gallery
The Walk: The Walk Productions in association with Handspring Puppet Company and Good Chance Theater Best of Enemies: A Young Vic and Headlong co-production
Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club
The Dante Project – Wayne McGregor: The Royal Ballet
Yesterday or today: black ballet
Starstruck: Scottish ballet
Love Marriage: Monica Ali
Burnt Dress: Sarah Hall
Open Water: Caleb Azumah Nelson
Little Simz: Sometimes I can be introverted
Sam Fender: Seventeen Below
Self-esteem: prioritize pleasure
Sound Theater, Bluebeard’s Castle
Birmingham Opera Company, Wagner’s Rhinegold
Opera Nord, Rigoletto
Starstruck, Series 1, BBC One
We are Lady Parts, Channel 4
Alma is not normal, BBC Two
Huw Watkin’s Symphony No. 2: Le Hallé
Dani Howard – Trombone Concerto: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Up for grabs, Mark-Anthony Turnage: BBC Symphony Orchestra, Barbican
It’s A Sin: Red Production Company for Channel 4 and HBO Max in association with All3Media International Time: BBC Studios for BBC One
It’s Gonna Hurt: Sister/Terrible Productions for BBC One
THE TIMES BREAKTHROUGH AWARD
Comedy – Liz Kingsman
TV Drama – Gabrielle Creevy
Literature – Catriona Ward
Opera – Nardus Williams
Classic – Dani Howard
Visual Arts – Rachel Jones
Dance – Emily Suzuki
Theater – Samuel Creasey
Movie – Emily Jones
Pop – Wet Leg
AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS