Gateshead has also won a string of awards, putting it firmly on the arts map as a leading national innovator.
The Angel of the North won the 1996 British Gas Properties/Arts Council ‘Working for Cities’ Award for Arts in Progress. After Antony Gormley was commissioned to produce the Angel he won the Turner prize in 1994 and was awarded the OBE for services to sculpture in 1997.
Gateshead Council’s Public Art programme has been awarded:-
The Royal Town Planning Institute Jubilee Award 1990
The Arts Council/British Gas ‘Working for Cities’ Award 1991
Northern Electric Award for Visual Arts 1991
Foundation for Sport and the Arts Grant Award 1992
The National Art Collections Fund Award 1995
The Public Art programme has also received commendations in:-
Prudential Award for Visual Arts 1990 and 1991
ABSA Award for Arts in Urban Regeneration 1991
The Arts Council/British Gas ‘Working for Cities’ Award 1992
Northern Electric Champions Award 1995
The Arts Council/British Gas ‘Working for Cities’ Award 1995.
Public Art and The Angel of the North