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Finalists revealed for the Culture and Creativity Awards

Judging has taken place in this year’s Liverpool City Region Culture and Creativity Awards with a total of 46 people and organisations being shortlisted in the competition.

More than 730 nominations came in from across the six local authority areas of the Liverpool City Region and the judges; including CEO of the Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre, Michelle Charters, Jane Beardsworth the Senior Manager North for Arts Council England and Yaw Owusu, LIMF curator and member of the Liverpool City Region Music Board had some difficult choices to make.

Despite the many challenges of the last year, an incredibly high standard of cultural and creative projects have been delivered as organisations and individuals have adapted, made use of technology and thought differently in order for events and exhibitions to go ahead.

The chosen finalists for each category will now be invited to a glittering ‘in person’ ceremony, which will hopefully return, following our virtual event last year. The planned celebration will be held on March 2nd 2022 at the Cronton Playhouse in Halton hosted by BBC Radio Merseyside’s Ngunan Adamu.

Our virtual event, broadcast online across the Liverpool City Region however, will remain to allow everyone involved to engage with the projects.

Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region Steve Rotheram said: “Our nominees for this year’s Culture and Creativity Awards deserve every bit of praise for their hard work. Their imagination and inspiration has never let us down and their support is helping lead our creative recovery.”

The winner of the People’s Choice Award – Outstanding Contribution to Culture, is voted for by the public from six finalists.

They are:

  • 20 Stories High – a leading UK theatre company making work with and for under-represented young people.
  • Claire Pitt – a Halton artist, Culture HQ curator and Director of Hazlehurst Studios in Runcorn.
  • Luma Creations – an Arts and Cultural organisation promoting Latin American and Diversity Arts and Artists.
  • Matt Rutter/YEP – a Director of the Young Everyman Playhouse.
  • Metal Culture – supports international artists to develop their practice in conjunction with specific communities and fields of knowledge, with the aim of creating positive social change.
  • The Reader – a national charity bringing people together to experience the life-enriching power of literature through Shared Reading.

Voting will open in the New Year and the Liverpool City Region community will then be able to vote online for their chosen winner.

Categories and full list of finalists:

The People’s Choice – For Outstanding Contribution to Culture.
This award is to celebrate an outstanding contribution to culture and creativity, which has made a significant difference to the quality of life at either a local, Borough or City Region level. The People’s Choice Award is decided by the public, chosen from a shortlist of individuals or organisations that have made an outstanding contribution and commitment to culture over a sustained period.

The finalists are:

  • 20 Stories High
  • Claire Pitt
  • Luma Creations
  • Matt Rutter / YEP
  • Metal Culture
  • The Reader

Artist of the Year
This award is to celebrate an artist whose work has stood out and contributed to the cultural and creative reputation of the LCR. This could be for a piece of work or a number of arts, cultural or creative projects that collectively have been consistently outstanding.

The finalists are:

  • Faith Bebbington
  • Sean Webster
  • Ashleigh Nugent

Arts Organisation of the Year
This award is to celebrate an arts organisation whose work has stood out and contributed to the cultural and creative reputation of the LCR. This could be for a piece of work or a number of arts, cultural or creative projects that collectively have been consistently outstanding. 

The finalists are:

  • The Unity Theatre
  • Homotopia
  • Norton Priory Museum & Gardens

Student Inspiration Award
This award is to celebrate the work and impact of a student under the age of 25 who displays an innovative and inspiring approach to art, culture and/or creativity.

The finalists are:

  • Katie Ellams
  • Khan Odita
  • Molly Glinn

Impact Award – Health & Wellbeing
This award is to celebrate the power, value and contribution of culture and creativity to achieve positive outcomes in health and wellbeing. 

The finalists are:

  • “The Iron Men” on Mental Health Monday with Mick Coyle
  • Wendy Smith
  • Dead Pigeon Gallery and Damien John Kelly House – Vitality Homes

Impact Award – Environmental Sustainability
This award is to celebrate the power, value and contribution of culture and creativity to achieve positive and significant outcomes in environmental sustainability. 

The finalists are:

  • Coasts for Kids
  • Taking Root in Bootle
  • Metal Culture

Impact Award – Improving Education & Learning
This award is to celebrate the power and value of culture and creativity to achieve positive outcomes in education and learning. 

The finalists are:

  • Merseyside Music Education Hubs Alliance
  • Heart of Glass
  • Mandela8 Roots and Wings

Impact Award – Improving Community Cohesion
This award is to celebrate the power and value of culture and creativity to achieve significant and positive outcomes in community cohesion. 

The finalists are:

  • Claire Pitt
  • Pagoda Arts
  • LCR Pride

Impact Award – International Reach
This award is to celebrate the power and value of culture and creativity on an international level. 

The finalists are:

  • International Festival of Physical Theatre
  • Dr Vicki Doyle
  • Metal Culture

Impact Award – Future World of Work
This award is to celebrate the power and value of culture and creativity to stimulate adaptability across all age ranges for the future world of work. 

The finalists are:

  • Merseyside Community Training
  • The Reader
  • Unity Online by Unity Theatre

Impact Award – Sustainable Business in Arts
This award is to celebrate businesses that are sustainable and make a significant contribution to economic growth within the arts, culture and creativity sector. 

The finalists are:

  • MD Creatives
  • Peter Bennett
  • dot-art

Impact Award – Covid-19 Creative Response (individual)
This award is to recognise an individual who has used culture and creativity to make a significant impact on people’s lives during the Covid 19 pandemic.

The finalists are:

  • Elaine McNeill
  • Bill Elms
  • Captain Robert Dobson MBE, 33 Signal Squadron

Impact Award – Covid-19 Creative Response (organisation)
This award is to recognise an organisation who has used culture and creativity to make a significant impact on people’s lives during the Covid 19 pandemic.

The finalists are:

  • Buzzhub (St Helens CDP)
  • Collective Encounters
  • Friends of Kirkby Gallery & Prescot Museum – Tina Ball
  • Human Libraries

Borough of Culture ‘Star of the Year’
This award is to celebrate a shining star who has made a significant contribution to the Liverpool City Region’s 2021 Borough of Culture, Halton.

The finalists are:

  • Claire Pitt
  • Rob Sanderson-Thomas
  • Louise Nulty

Judges Inspiration Award – significant contribution to Culture
The judges will present an Inspiration Award for Achievement to recognise an individual’s creative contribution to the Liverpool City Region. The winner will be someone whose body of work merits recognition for achievement over a sustained period of time and who has made significant impact on the arts, cultural and/or creative sector.

Judging Panel:
Maggie O’Carroll, Co-Chair of the Cultural Partnership and CEO of The Women’s Organisation
Michelle Charters, Chief Executive of the Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre
Dinah Birch, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Cultural Engagement, University of Liverpool           
Sam Wade, Arts Co-ordinator for Clatterbridge Cancer Centre
Yaw Owusu, LIMF curator and member of the Liverpool City Region Music Board.
Alicia Smith, Arts & Participation Manager, Culture Liverpool      
Jane Beardsworth, Senior Manager North, Arts Council England 
Catherine Jones , Freelance Journalist
Steph Davies, Lead Funding Officer, Halton Borough Council      

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