Montblanc Honours Modern-Day Patron of Arts and Culture John Studzinski CBE
Celebrating 26 Years of the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Awards at The British museum in London
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London, UK – 12 October 2017 – Tonight, Montblanc celebrated the 26th Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award honouring John Studzinski CBE and the work of the Genesis Foundation. The award ceremony took place at the majestic British Museum, which will host the exhibition ‘Living with Gods’ in the coming weeks, supported by Studzinski. The visionary award has been recognising the work and contributions of modern-day patrons of art and culture patrons since 1992. The Genesis Foundation, a charity with the aim, in collaboration with leading organisations, nurtures excellence among young artists working in the fields of music, theatre and the visual arts by funding specially created programmes that support young directors, playwrights, actors and singers. To date the Genesis Foundation has supported more than 1,000 artists, and has donated several million to enable them to develop their talents by financially supporting their progress. Guests joining the celebrations on the evening included Sir John and Lady Frances Sorrell, Polly Staple, Zafar Rushdie, Harry Christophers, Peter and Tina Harf, Hadrian Garrard.
“I’m honoured that my work with the Genesis Foundation has been recognised with Montblanc’s Art Patronage Award. To join the illustrious list of artists and philanthropists that Montblanc has celebrated with this award is very meaningful to me. The Genesis Foundation believes in nurturing young artistic talent through working with inspirational partners. Montblanc’s ethos in supporting the arts mirrors ours and I wish to commend them for their work in creating networks of mentors to support young artists when they most need guidance and instruction. Art changes lives and the more we engage with artists across the world the more we all benefit.” John Studzinski CBE
This year’s ceremony marks the 26th anniversary of the award with further ceremonies hosted in 17 countries around the world over the coming months. Each winner is selected by an international jury of art influencers, for the UK Polly Staple, Director, Chisenhale Gallery and Sally Tallant, Director of Liverpool Biennial, a network of the world’s most creative individuals brought together by the Montblanc Cultural Foundation to evaluate the candidates based on their history of personal commitment to the arts, and a concern that the wider public should benefit from cultural projects.
Studzinski received the award from Chairmen of the Montblanc Cultural Foundation, Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath. Each winner of the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award receives €15,000. John Studzinski joins a prestigious list of honourees who have been presented with the award including HRH Prince Charles, Robert Wilson, Quincy Jones, Renzo Piano and Yoyo Maeght. Every year since 1992, the prestigious Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award has recognised the outstanding achievements and important contributions of modern day patrons, reinforcing today’s importance of patronage in making arts and culture accessible to broader audiences.
Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, Chairmen of the Montblanc Cultural Foundation said: “It is a great honour to award John Studzinski with the Montblanc Arts Patronage Award 2017 for his life-long contribution towards the arts. We hope that his public recognition will inspire many others to get involved with the Genesis Foundation, and support the arts in their own ways where it is most needed”
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About the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award
The Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award was established in 1992 to honour and support patrons of the arts who have made exceptional contributions to artists and their work. Every year, a select group of winners are chosen from a shortlist by an international jury of artists and art influencers. The jury, a sophisticated and passionate network of the art world’s most creative individuals, is brought together by the Montblanc Cultural Foundation to share thoughts and carefully evaluate the candidates in each country before casting their votes. The winning patrons must demonstrate a history of personal commitment to the arts and a concern that the wider public should benefit from cultural projects. Past recipients of the award include HRH The Prince of Wales, Russian maestro Valery Gergiev, American musician Quincy Jones, Italian architect Renzo Piano and Japanese artist Yoko Ono.
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