Northern Soul Awards 2018 – Shortlist


Gallery of the Year

Castlefield Gallery

Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

Hatton Gallery

The Lowry – The Andrew & Zoe Law Galleries

Egoiste Gallery

Contemporary Six


Festival of the Year

Sponsored by Place Experts

Africa Oye

Just So Festival

The Lowry – Week 53 Festival

The Met – Head for the Hills

Manchester Histories


Theatre Production of the Year

The Big I Am (Liverpool Everyman)

Our Town (Royal Exchange, Manchester)

She Bangs the Drums (Contact Young Company and Sh!t Theatre)

The Newspaper Boy (Dibby Theatre, Queer Contact Festival)

The Bear (Pins & Needles at Sale Waterside)

Burnout (3MT, Manchester)

Toast (The Lowry, Salford)

Summer Holiday (Bolton Octagon)

Bread & Roses (Oldham Coliseum)


Small Business of the Year 

Sponsored by The Co-operative Bank 

The Met

People’s Choice Wine Awards c/o Cracking Wine Ltd

Rochdale Connections Trust


UpSide Down Presents / Souvenirs upon Tyne

Worker Bee Markets

Take a Breather with Chris

And Other Stories

Saul Hay Fine Art

Grand Pacific


Northern Soul Grilled Cheese

North East Art Collective


Large Business of the Year

N Brown Group

Signature Living


Food & Drink

Riddles Bar

Hawkshead Relish Co Ltd

Sip Club / Bistro 1116

Grand Pacific



Exhibition of the Year

Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, NOW: A dialogue on female Chinese contemporary artists

Cosgrove Hall Films Archive – Waterside

Contemporary Six Gallery, Northern Lights

Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums: Great North Museum

The Society of the Spectacles

Humans Being Digital, The Lowry

Excavating The Reno, Linda Brogan

Stockport Museum, Strawberry Studios: I am In Love

New Light Prize Exhibition 2017/18 Shining a Light on Northern Art

Tyne and Wear Archives & Museums – A History of the North in 100 Objects

The Civic Barnsley, Beehives, Bobs & Blow Dries


Small Theatre of the Year

Salford Arts Theatre


Hope Mill Theatre


Fringe Production of the Year

Freak (MAP Productions)

Burnout (Selina Helliwell)

Blackpool, What a Shit Place to Die (Absolute Scenes)

Trollope (Writer’s Reign Theatre)

A Fine Life (ABW Productions)

#BeMoreMartyn: The Boy with the Deirdre Tattoo (Hope Theatre Company)

The Newspaper Boy (Dibby Theatre)


Northern Publisher of the Year

Carcanet Press

Dead Ink

Nightjar Press

And Other Stories

Big Issue North

Flapjack Press

Bluemoose Books


Northern Writer of the Year

Anita Sethi

Linda Brogan

Michael Taylor

Anne Wynne

Antonia Charlesworth

Gaynor Jones

Dean Kirby

Steve Ankers

Lyndsey Skinner

Lara Williams

Helen Bennicke


Large Theatre of the Year

Stephen Joseph Theatre

Liverpool Everyman

Palace Theatre and Opera House


Venue of the Year  

The Lowry


The Met

Palace Theatre and Opera House

The Printworks

The Shankly Hotel