Artist Support Business Excellence Award

Artist Support Business Excellence Award 2024 | Business Action North Devon Business Awards 2024

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North Devon Arts | Sponsor of the Business Action North Devon Artist Support Business Excellence Award 2024

The award

Sponsored by North Devon Arts, the Artist Support Business Excellence Award celebrates North Devon businesses that play a vital role in nurturing and supporting artist businesses in the area.

They can support any form of art from painting and sculpture to digital, photography, video or performance art. We welcome entries from galleries, venues, agents, event organisers, tutors, trainers and business advisers.

Artist Support Business Excellence 2024 finalists

We are delighted to announce the finalists of the Artist Support Business Excellence Award 2024 are:

Art Mash


Ceramics Academy

Studio KIND.

Congratulations to our finalists! And thank you to all our entrants.

Book your tickets for the Awards Celebration to see and hear the winners announced on stage!

North Devon Arts

North Devon Arts is a well-established, not-fo- profit, constituted, membership group for professional and amateur artists working across all art forms, including interested non-practising members. Formed 25 years ago to fulfil the needs of artists working in isolation across the area, the group provides opportunities to meet regularly, exchange ideas and exhibit together.  

Monthly meetings are held with a speaker, a monthly Arts Newsletter is produced and regular exhibitions and collaborative arts projects are organised. North Devon Arts holds a weekly Arts & Crafts Club and a monthly En Plein Air session, both are open to non-members as well. Members have a gallery page on the North Devon Arts website – a useful ‘first-stop’ resource for anyone searching for contemporary art and artists based in North Devon. 

The group has a good social media presence with its community Facebook page at providing updates on North Devon Arts events and projects.

North Devon Arts welcomes enquiries: perhaps working in collaboration with business partners or arts organisations, or artists and makers wanting information on joining.  Please contact: or visit our website:


The judges are looking for evidence of at least two of the criteria below. You don’t have to meet all – just use them as a guide for your entry – what’s most important is for you to tell your story!

  • Supports artists by advising/helping them develop and maintain viable businesses 
  • Helps artists achieve sales through marketing, promotion and selling
  • Achieves this via their premises, galleries, events or web sites
  • Establishes a network in art communities locally, nationally or globally to promote North Devon artists 
  • Promotes and raises awareness of North Devon art businesses to other business sectors and to the wider public 

Who can enter?

The Artist Support Business Excellence Award is open to any business based or operating from or near North Devon that nurtures and supports artist businesses in the area.  These include but are not limited to galleries, venues, agents, tutors, trainers and business advisers.

Businesses can enter themselves or nominate other businesses.

Category rules for entry

Please follow the category rules below, which also include useful suggestions on how to ensure your entry showcases achievements in the best possible light.

  1. You can enter your own business or another business for this award.
  2. This award is for businesses that nurture and support artists in North Devon.
  3. Ensure you read the awards terms and conditions.
  4. Read the criteria and the questions on the form below in advance so that you understand what the judges are looking for and tailor your answers to these.
  5. There is no restriction on how much information you can provide in your answers, although please ensure that anything you say is relevant to this award. The questions are deliberately open to enable you to submit the best possible entry and the examples given are purely illustrative. Add any other information you feel is important to highlight success.
  6. Provide as much detail and evidence as possible to back up your claims, including relevant links to web sites and videos.
  7. Write and save your answers in a note-making or word-processing app first and copy them into the form below. This ensures you do not lose anything you have taken a long time to write.
  8. Attach any files, eg customer compliments or images of products, to support your entry.
  9. Entires for the 2024 award have now closed.