Culture & creativity award winners announced

THE winners of the 2020 Liverpool City Region Culture and Creativity Awards have been revealed in an online ceremony to celebrate the outstanding contributions to the industry.

Hosted by actress Eithne Browne, the ceremony was broadcast live into more than 300 homes where the finalists were standing by waiting for the winners to be announced.

Guest presenters from across the city region including the Principal Dancer of the Royal Ballet Matthew Ball, music artist and international DJ Yousef, actress Leanne Best and chef Paul Askew helped distribute the accolades by video link in the 15 categories.

Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region Steve Rotheram said: “I always like to say that the Liverpool City Region is the country’s cultural capital; that creativity is in our DNA and we’ve really seen that on full display during this past year. Despite challenges, our region has continually responded with imagination, creativity and generosity to keep us all connected and our spirits high.

“I’d like to congratulate everybody who has been nominated for an award and give a special congratulations to our award winners.”

A panel of judges including Co-Chairs of the Culture Partnership Phil Redmond and Maggie O’ Carroll, chose the finalists from more than 700 nominations this year.

The Culture and Creativity awards were created as part of the Metro Mayor’s Percent for Culture initiative, to recognise the value and power for change that the arts, cultural and creative sector can bring in reinforcing the city region as one of the most vibrant and exciting places to live, work, study, visit or do business. The 2020 awards are delivered in partnership with Sefton Borough of Culture 2020 and sponsors including LuBan Restaurant, LuBan Kitchen, INNSiDE by Melia Liverpool, Davies Partnership and Accountable Recruitment.

This year’s awards covered arts and cultural events, innovation and creative activity that took place within the Liverpool City Region during the period 1st April 2019 to 12th November 2020.

Winners list

The People’s Choice – For Outstanding Contribution to Culture The Atkinson, Sefton

Inspiration Award/Lifetime Achievement Sandi Hughes

Artist of the Year Paul Curtis

Arts Organisation of the Year Writing On The Wall

Student Inspiration Award Amber Akaunu

Impact Award – Health & Wellbeing Liverpool Philharmonic

Impact Award – Environmental Sustainability Friends of Princes Avenue

Impact Award – Improving Education & Learning dot-art Schools

Impact Award – Improving Community Cohesion Liverpool Irish Centre

Impact Award – International Reach National Museums Liverpool: House of Memories international project team

Impact Award – Future World of Work Miguel Doforo – MD Creatives

Impact Award – Sustainable Business in Arts Baltic Creative Community Interest Company

Impact Award – Covid-19 Creative Response (individual) Jennifer John/Love Sings

Impact Award – Covid-19 Creative Response (organisation) The Atkinson, Sefton

Borough of Culture ‘Star of the Year’  Claire Morgans – Ykids

Dress it Up competition 

Amateur category: Velma Von Bonbon

Professional category: Emma Russell

Sponsors of the 2020 LCR Culture & Creativity Awards are:

  • LuBan Restaurant
  • LuBan Kitchen
  • INNSiDE by Melia Liverpool
  • Davies Partnership
  • Accountable Recruitment