Parks, leisure and the arts Manchester Culture Awards 2023

2022 winners

The full list of finalists and winners of the Manchester Culture Awards 2022 were:

Best Business Partnership

Winner: Barry Bennett Ltd and Venture Arts


  • Brother and The Halle   
  • HOME and Ask Real Estates       
  • Manchester Contemporary Art Fund and Manchester Art Gallery       
  • Royal Exchange Theatre and Warner Media 

Best Event    

Winner: HOME - Homeground 


  • Manchester International Festival   
  • Manchester Libraries - International Mother Language Day    
  • Submerge Festival   
  • Z-arts - Summer of Play

Best Exhibition

Winner: Science and Industry Museum - Cancer Revolution - Science, Innovation and Hope 


  • HOME - Poet Slash Artist      
  • Manchester Art Gallery - Derek Jarman Protest!   
  • Manchester Hip Hop Archive         
  • Venture Arts - Completely A Hustling Place

Best Performance

Winner: Manchester International Festival - When The Birds Land 


  • Contact Young Company - Saturnalia  
  • Hope Mill Theatre - The Wiz     
  • Miray Sidhom - THE BREAD WE BREAK 
  • Z-arts - The Gift 

Independent Creative of the Year

Winner: Sharon Raymond 


  • Emmanuela Yogolelo      
  • Jez Dolan   
  • Phill Howley        
  • Withington Walls

Made in Manchester

Winner: Manchester Young Carers Music Project     


  • Amid the Mirk Over the Irk - When Irish Meets Klezmer 
  • Mapping Migrant Voices - Olympias Music Foundation et al    
  • Postcards from Oxford Road - Manchester Literature Festival and Manchester Poetry Library 
  • Things That Go On Things

Promotion of Culture and Education      

Winner: MADE


Creative City Youth Sketchbook Club 

Reform Radio      

Shooting Star Theatre School  

The Manchester College Visual Arts Team and Manchester Art Gallery - Future Creatives

Promotion of Environmental Sustainability

Winner: Roots and Branches  


  • Ergon Theatre     
  • Kuljit Chuhan     
  • National Football Museum         
  • Royal Northern College of Music

Promotion of Equality and Social Justice

Winner: Uncertain Futures


  • Libraries of Sanctuary - Manchester Libraries
  • Michael Bishop    
  • The Oasis Choir - The Halle and The Oasis Centre       
  • Afrocats and The Whitworth

Promotion of Health and Wellbeing  

Winner: The Edge 


  • Brighter Sound and SICK! Festival    
  • Reform Radio         
  • The Royal Exchange - We'll Be In Touch Project  
  • The Whitworth

Promotion of Talent and Leadership

Winner: Brighter Sound Leadership Programme 


  • Contact - Young People's Theatre    
  • Manchester International Festival 21 - Creative Fellowship  
  • Vic Elizabeth Turnbull  
  • Z-arts - Chair Development Programme

Young Creative of the Year

Winner: Yandass Ndlovu


  • Danny Hassan     
  • Faz Barber  
  • Matthew Needham   
  • Oceana Cage Nzene        

The Manchester People's Culture Award

Winner: Ed Wellard


  • Alistair Hudson   
  • ALL FM      
  • Drywave Recovery CIC    
  • Liz O'Neill 
  • Block Cinema

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