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Creative organisations recognised at awards

LIVERPOOL City Region’s most talented and inspiring artists and creatives have been commended at this year’s Culture and Creativity Awards.

They were presented with their accolades at a ceremony held at the Cronton Playhouse in Halton on Wednesday evening, honouring work which took place across the region during 2021.

Organised by Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, artists, organisations and community creatives gathered at the venue for the much-anticipated event which was hosted by entrepreneur and Radio Merseyside presenter Ngunun Adamu.

Guest presenters from across the city region joined her to announce the winners of the 15 categories chosen from more than 700 entries.

The People’s Choice Award which saw 2,000 votes cast from across the Liverpool City Region, was awarded to Liverpool based charity The Reader, while the Lifetime Achievement award, recognising an individual’s lifelong creative contribution to the Liverpool City Region, was given to Bea Freeman, for her work filming and capturing Liverpool communities over the decades. A posthumous accolade was also bestowed on late Liverpool activist and historian Eric Lynch.

Author and performer Ashleigh Nugent won Artist of the Year, while the Arts Organisation of the Year award went to Liverpool’s Unity Theatre.

Impact Awards were presented to Dead Pidgeon Gallery and Vitality Homes’ Damien John Kelly House (Health and Wellbeing), Metal (Environmental Sustainability), Heart of Glass (Improving Education and Learning), Pagoda Arts (Improving Community Cohesion), Dr Vicki Doyle (International Reach), Merseyside Community Training (Future World of Work) and dot-art (Sustainable Business in Arts).

Khan Odita, founder of the Mulgrave Street Action Group CIC, won the Student Inspiration Award.

The Impact Awards for Covid-19 Creative Response were won by Liverpool Theatre Festival creator and producer Bill Elms (Individual) and Sefton’s Human Libraries initiative (Organisation).

Louise Nulty was as chosen Borough of Culture Star of the Year for her role during Halton’s Borough of Culture year including her work organising the Halton Music Weekender.

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