Hosted by Irish broadcasting personality Brendan Courtney, Smirnoff supports the second Winter Pride UK Arts Awards, which will culminate in one of the biggest parties of the winter season at Tobacco Dock in East London on Saturday 15 November 2014. 
Stephen Fry, winner of the inaugural Smirnoff Winter Pride UK Luminary of the Year said, “Winter Pride UK is a unique opportunity for up-and-coming artists and performers to showcase their creativity at a key LGBT artistic and cultural event – creative ventures of this kind are all-important for both the arts and LGBT communities.”
Open to all artists and performers regardless of their sexuality, Winter Pride UK is a unique celebration of creativity and a dazzling display of the finest performance and visual arts. Held within an iconic London setting steeped in Victorian history, this significant event in the LGBT social calendar brings together leading industry figures, celebrities and enigmatic performers, for an elegant evening of recognition, diversity and outstanding artistic talent.
Jamie Young, Smirnoff Brand Manager, said, “We have supported the LGBT community for many years and are very proud to be partnering the second Winter Pride UK. We have a huge passion with our relationships within the community and with such a pivotal event like this there is no better way for us to show our support.”
The Winter Pride UK Arts Awards not only raises a considerable amount of money for notable charities, it promotes and rewards previously unrecognised artists, creating an important opportunity to embrace diversity and unashamed self-expression.
Simon Tarrant, Director of the Winter Pride UK Arts Awards elaborates, “Our theme this year #Artis… is targeted at artists and performers who want to make a difference. The Awards are open to all artists and performers regardless of their sexuality and we are challenging them to tell us what they think Art Is – to express themselves and create pieces that are adventurous, playful and provocative”.
The Arts Awards judging panel is made up of arts industry professionals, comprising Royal and celebrity sculptor Frances Segelman, international musician and “Queen of Harps” Catrin Finch, and gallery director Andrew Lacey, who will host a post Winter Pride UK art exhibition at Lacey Contemporary in Notting Hill from 18-29 November 2014.
A Frost Festival will be unveiled in the vast, vaulted Great Gallery at Tobacco Dock featuring a spectacular exhibition of artworks from a group of international artists and the Arts Awards’ Finalists, as well as live performances introducing the top talent from this year’s Performance Awards. The Winter Pride UK Arts Awards will be presented by personalities from the world of arts, including Lucian Freud’s muse and model Sue Tilley and Hermaphrodite celebrity artist XXXora.
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Simon Tarrant

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.