At artsjobsonline, we are very lucky to work with an amazing range of arts, culture and heritage organisations.

To celebrate the end of 2017, we asked who in your organisation has gone above and beyond this year? We wanted to shine a light on the teams or individuals who do a fantastic job.

We had a great response and are thrilled to share your 2017 #starsofthearts!

Boris Witzenfeld, Participation Manager at Hoxton Hall, was our most nominated person!


So many fantastic compliments – here’s a snapshot:

‘This year we’ve had a lot of changes at Hoxton Hall with new teams and trainees and Boris has been the core of Hoxton Hall, assisting every department even when he had a lot to do.

The Youth Arts department which Boris manages has been growing from strength to strength with a huge number of children returning to the scheme, and this is because of the incredible classes and workshops that Boris runs throughout the year.

He is never too busy for the children who come along to the workshops and is always on hand to talk with them, whether it is personal issues or problems at home. Boris is truly just an amazing, kind-hearted man.’

Boris is so kind-hearted that he in turn nominated 'the amazing, diligent and fun-filled Marketing team - Natalie, Nia and Tasha - who have pushed the envelope in terms of innovative online and offline campaigns and strategy. [Their] continued engagement with the public means that people come back time and again to Hoxton Hall'.

These stars managed over 50 projects with 2,000 vulnerable children and adults across the UK this year


Create is the UK’s leading charity empowering lives through the creative arts.  Their focus is on engaging the most marginalised participants in inspiring, sustainable arts programmes in areas where provision is poor and engagement in the arts is therefore low.

Their #starsofthearts are Carrie, Faye, Hannah, Jen, Jodie & Kristian.

They are nominated by Create's CEO, Nicky Goulder.

'During 2017, the projects team worked tirelessly to plan and manage 50 creative arts projects with more than 2,000 vulnerable children and adults across the UK. The team travels across the country to support workshops as far afield as Bath, Cumbria and Winchester with young patients, vulnerable older people, people with disabilities, offenders and other marginalised children and adults.  Each member of the team’s dedication and determination is the driving force behind our work'.

Celebrating the party planners at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

 Image: Courtesy Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Photo © Charlotte Graham

Image: Courtesy Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Photo © Charlotte Graham

The awe-inspiring Yorkshire Sculpture Park turned 40 this year.

Every single member of staff across the Park – with a special little mention for Damon Waldock, Programme and Events Coordinator, and Emma Spencer, Family Learning Coordinator – pulled out all the stops to put together a fantastic programme of events for their 40th celebration, A Weekend of Wonderful Things, which ran from 14–16 July.

From dawn until dusk, visitors encountered everything that is wonderful about YSP with a range of special events and experiences across the Park’s stunning 500-acre landscape.

The celebrations continue with anyone who turns 40 this year eligible for a slice of cake in the café until the year end. Happy Birthday Year YSP!

Paying it Forward with the stars at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Tron Theatre’s Business Development Manager, Lucy Christopher and Fundraising Assistant, Natalia Lewandowska were the driving force behind this year’s award-winning Pay It Forward scheme with support from Executive Director Lesley Renton.

The scheme encourages visitors to the annual pantomime to pay for a ticket for a child who experiences disadvantage to attend the following year’s pantomime. 2016’s generous audience donated over £10,000 which has enabled the Tron to offer free tickets to Alice in Weegieland to groups including the Scottish Refugee Council, West of Scotland Deaf Children’s Society, NSPCC and Daisy Chain.

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Here’s to the success of an all-singing, all-dancing, irreverent patter-filled festive extravaganza of giving!

You can donate here - www.tron.co.uk/development/donate/

A fantastic team effort saw the opening of Chester’s new international cultural centre

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In May 2017, after 2.5 years of construction to transform Chester’s Art Deco cinema into an international cultural centre, Storyhouse opened to the public, on time and on budget. Storyhouse is creating a new model for a modern cultural organisation.  It is the first arts organisation to run a city library and on opening, Storyhouse programmed over 20 public spaces with storytelling activity. A city theatre, library, cinema and Levantine restaurant, it produces work for its own stage half of the year and welcomes touring shows for the other half.  It is already one of the city’s principal visitor attractions and welcomes 3,000 visitors a day.

The Storyhouse project required the dedication of over 300 #starsofthearts to realise the vision of a place that connects people through storytelling and that seeks to create great art. They continue to strive to innovate and democratise their work, in order to empower communities and they are on course to welcome one million customers in their first year.

Go visit: www.storyhouse.com

Creativity and commitment from Cardiff’s star of Curate

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Lucy Corbett, Marketing and Communications Officer at Sinfonia Cymru went above and beyond this year to deliver a successful new series of innovative digital events called Curate which take place at a shared workspace, Tramshed Tech in Cardiff.

With her creativity, passion and commitment, the first two events have been well reviewed and extremely well received.

In addition to all her fantastic marketing work, Lucy acted as Front of House Manager, Technical Manager, Digital Producer, Music Producer, Bar Tender at the events as well!

You can see the most recent live stream on Facebook.

‘Lucy is remarkable and Sinfonia Cymru is very, very lucky to have her on our team’ Sophie Lewis, Chief Executive, on behalf of the musicians, staff and board of Sinfonia Cymru

Partnership working between Bristol Music Trust, Barbican and Sage Gateshead to promote excellence, inclusion and accessibility in the music industry

Phil Castang, Head of Bristol Plays Music (the education hub run by Bristol Music Trust) has been instrumental in the creation of a new partnership that brings together a brilliant team from Bristol Music Trust, the Barbican and Sage Gateshead to look at promoting excellence, inclusion and accessibility in music education and the music industry by breaking down the barriers to musicians with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and from Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

The three organisations bring particular areas of expertise to the table and will look at issues ranging from accessing high-quality training and progression opportunities to how modern concert halls and performing arts centres can create change through greater social connections with communities and by taking a joined up approach to cultural infrastructure and practice.

Read more about the partnership here.

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    Image: Phil Castang, Head of Bristol Plays Music, speaking at the Breaking the Glass Ceiling Symposium at Fast Forward Festival 2017, Colston Hall, Bristol. Photo: Dominika Scheibinger

Image: Phil Castang, Head of Bristol Plays Music, speaking at the Breaking the Glass Ceiling Symposium at Fast Forward Festival 2017, Colston Hall, Bristol. Photo: Dominika Scheibinger

Sign up for the Bristol Plays Music newsletter and keep in touch with their activities: www.bristolplaysmusic.org

Here at artsjobsonline, we've had such a good time compiling our #starsofthearts that we can't wait to do it again in 2018.

In the meantime, all that is left for us to do is wish everyone working in the arts, culture and heritage sectors, particularly those of you working over the holiday period, a very Happy Christmas and a marvellous New Year!

We look forward to bringing you many more exciting opportunities in 2018. See you on the other side...

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