Siamsa Tíre was honoured by receiving Best Newcomer Creative Green Award in London
On behalf of Siamsa Tíre, London based Kerry artist Denis Buckley accepted the Best Newcomer Award last night at the Creative Green Awards 2018 in the Roundhouse, London. Nominated alongside venerable institutions such as Jackson’s Lane, Liverpool Philharmonic, Manchester Day, and Roundhouse, Siamsa Tíre received this award in recognition of its commitment to the reduction of its’ carbon footprint. Keynote speakers pointed out the importance for all artistic institutions to be at the forefront of bringing sustainable concepts into their day-to-day running, as they often lead in terms of innovation. Kerry artist Denis Buckley was invited to represent Siamsa Tíre at the Awards Ceremony following his long association with Siamsa Tíre and in recognition of reducing the carbon footprint to attend the event.
Denis Buckley comments, “As an artist with a strong connection to Siamsa Tíre, I was proud to represent Siamsa who were nominated in the Best Newcomer category. It was mentioned how impressed the judges were by Siamsa’s commitment to carbon reduction as the award was presented. As a London based Kerryman I was happy also not to harm the art centre’s chances of winning by cycling there and back to the awards from my South London home.”
Catherine Bottrill, Creative Green Lead added, "We are delighted to award Siama Tíre the prize for Best Newcomer at the Creative Green Awards 2018. As the first cultural venue in Ireland to undertake Creative Green certification, we are excited to be working together as they galvanise the theatre community in Ireland to take climate action and build enthusiasm across the sector in the coming year."
Other category winners included the Lyric Hammersmith, Young Vic Theatre, V&A Museum, National Theatre, Glyndebourne, Universal Music Offices and Shambala Fest. Judges for the Creative Green Awards included: Juliet Davenport, Founder and CEO Good Energy, Bella Sereno, Environmental and Resource Manager at Tate and Dr Russell Layberry, Senior Researcher, Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford. Creative Green is an international community of pioneering cultural organisations that recognise and celebrate environmental best practice of events, venues, museums, galleries, festivals and offices/studios using the transparent and methodical Creative Green Framework.
Catriona Fallon, CEO Siamsa Tíre comments, “We were simply delighted to have been the recipients of this inaugural award from Julie’s Bicycle. Whilst there is much left to do, it was hugely rewarding as a team of people working together, to have our hard work recognised. This will definitely inspire us to greater efforts!”
This Award follows Siamsa Tíre’s recent Creative Green certification in which it achieved three out of five stars based on points awarded for Commitment, Understanding and Improvement. Siamsa Tíre is the first theatre in Ireland to achieve Creative Green Certification under a scheme run by London based charity, Julie’s Bicycle. Creative Green is the only international environmental certification scheme designed specifically for the creative and cultural industries.
Siamsa is hoping to work closely with other venues nationally over the coming months in order to collectively improve environmental sustainability and a reduction of the carbon footprint of theatre buildings throughout the country. Details of this initiative are to be confirmed later this year.