Composers Ben and Max Ringham have scooped an h100 Award for their efforts in theatre and performance. The brothers’ recent projects include Manchester International Festival’s Bells For Peace, a participatory community project curated by Yoko Ono. The Ringhams also presided over ANNA, a headphone-based show for National Theatre and Frida Karlo: Making Herself Up at the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A).
This is the 11th instalment of the awards, led by h Club (formerly known as The Hospital Club). The accolades recognise UK creative talent across the categories of advertising, marketing and public relations; architecture and design; arts and crafts; fashion; film; games; music; publishing and writing; television broadcast; and theatre and performance.
Yvette Griffith, executive director of Jazz re:freshed – an international performance platform for contemporary jazz – won the music category for her contribution to the genre. Griffith also leads an initiative to galvanise philanthropic support for Black arts organisations. Elsewhere, Marie Foulston, curator of Videogames at the V&A, took the games award, while screenwriter and producer Russell T Davies was handed the prize for television.
Set designer Es Devlin, who works in art, opera, music and technology, was given the Architecture and Design Award. Devlin’s pioneering and ambitious designs range from huge scale pop-concerts to experimental theatre and opera sets, playing with space, light and projections.
In addition to the formal categories, h Club also recognised one creative under 30. The award was given to British poet, writer and actor Hussain Manawar, who set the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Mental Health Lesson in partnership with King’s College London and Hackney Empire. He’s also supported the likes of Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding and Cher.
London-based h Club is a private members organisation for the creative industries, set in a seven-story building in Covent Garden; it was co-founded by Paul G Allen and Dave Stewart in 2004. The Club has a US base in LA for its members working on the West Coast.
Said Michael Berg, h Club CMO: “We are very proud to now be in our 11th year of the h100 awards The awards embody h Club’s core purpose: to facilitate those working in the creative industries to connect, collaborate, create and showcase their work. It also echoes the vision of our Foundation, which actively champions equal access to the creative industries, irrespective of gender, age, race, sexual orientation or background, through its three core programmes; Inspire, Nurture and Showcase.”