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Paulette Randall wins lifetime achievement award for women in the arts

Paulette Randall, director Director Paulette Randall
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Paulette Randall has been recognised for her contribution to the arts as part of a new awards ceremony dedicated to celebrating women in the creative industries.

Launched at the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World Festival, the WOW Creative Industries Awards is a new annual scheme that has been created to recognise achievements by women across all the creative industries.

Randall has been given a lifetime achievement award for her work in theatre and television as a director and playwright.

Randall, who was awarded an MBE in 2015, was the first black female director to take a show to the West End. She directed Fences at the Duchess Theatre in 2013.

She said: “I am very honoured to receive this award. Working in the arts is not the easy option, it takes courage and determination to succeed. These awards send a signal to women who have a creative passion that if they work hard it can be possible to realise their ambition, and I want them to hold on to that.”

Randall is joined by Julia Peyton-Jones, director of London’s Serpentine Galleries, who also receives a lifetime achievement award.

Theatremaker Bryony Kimmings, who receives a bold moves award, completes the first set of accolades.

The three inaugural prizes will be followed with a call for submissions for the first full awards ceremony, which will take place at the Women of the World Festival in 2017.

Southbank artistic director Jude Kelly said the awards had been launched to shine a light on the “pivotal” role women have played in contributing to the creative industries.

“I believe these awards will help us reflect on the risks individual women have taken to push the arts, digital, music, film, fashion, games, media and advertising sectors forwards and encourage women who are passionate about carving their own creative path to pursue their dreams,” she said.