The South Bank Sky Arts Awards

South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2023 – Nominations announced

Nominations have been announced for the annual South Bank Sky Arts Awards, which celebrate their 27th anniversary in 2023.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 2 July 2023, at The Savoy Hotel in London, celebrating achievement in all areas of the arts.

The awards will air on Sky Arts on Wednesday 5 July 2023 at 10pm on Sky Arts.

Nominations for the Theatre category include smash-hit West End – and now Broadway – one-woman play Prima Facie starring Jodie Comer, which recently bagged Comer a Tony Award; Pearl Cleage’s Blues for an Alabama Sky, which ran at the National Theatre; and Rebecca Frecknall’s acclaimed revival of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire at the Almeida Theatre, and then the West End’s Phoenix Theatre, starring Paul Mescal, Anjana Vasan, and Patsy Ferran – who is about to play Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion at The Old Vic.

Melvyn Bragg said in a statement: “For our 27th South Bank Sky Arts Awards, we once more celebrate the artistic excellence that our country has to offer, across the entire spectrum of the arts. As reflected in the nominations, the British Arts are thriving and continue to shape our cultural landscape.”

Director of Sky Arts, Phil Edgar-Jones said: “The South Bank Sky Arts Awards bring together the most incredible range of people across the arts all in one room. It’s a hotbed of creativity and testimony to the health of our vibrant arts sector and a demonstration of the power of the Arts to enrich our lives.”

Last year’s 2022 South Bank Sky Arts Awards theatre winner was James Graham play Best of Enemies. See all 2022 winners.

South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2023 – Nominations


Hive; Sally Beamish - BBC National Orchestra of Wales with Catrin Finch (harp), BBC Proms

The Oracle – Manchester Collective & Abel Selaocoe 

Gavin Higgins’ Concerto Grosso for Brass Band and Orchestra – The Tredegar Band with BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Proms


Big Boys – Roughcut Television/Channel 4

Derry Girls – Hat Trick Productions/Channel 4

Jordan Gray, Is It A Bird?


Light of Passage – The Royal Ballet

Say It Loud – Ballet Black

Coppélia – Scottish Ballet


Ali & Ava

The Wonder



The New Life – Tom Crewe

My Name is Yip – Paddy Crewe

The Exhibitionist – Charlotte Mendelson


Violet – Britten Pears Arts and Music Theatre Wales for the Aldeburgh Festival

The Rhinegold – English National Opera

The Makropulos Affair – Welsh National Opera


RAYE – My 21st Century Blues

Kojey Radical – Reason To Smile

Arctic Monkeys – The Car


Prima Facie – Harold Pinter Theatre

Blues for an Alabama Sky – National Theatre

A Streetcar Named Desire – Almeida Theatre


The English – Drama Republic Limited & Eight Rooks for Amazon & BBC

Happy Valley – Lookout Point/BBC One

Sherwood – House Productions/BBC One


Hew Locke: The Procession – Tate Britain

Mohammed Sami: The Point 0 – Camden Art Centre

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Fly In League With The Night – Tate Britain


Comedy - Leo Reich

TV Drama - Leo Woodall

Literature - Louise Kennedy

Opera - Freddie De Tommaso

Classical - Sophie Kauer

Visual Art - Rana Begum

Dance - Musa Motha

Theatre - Rosie Sheehy

Film - Raine Allen-Miller

Pop – Jockstrap


To be announced

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