Winners announced - Manchester Culture Awards

The winners of this year's prestigious Manchester Culture Awards were announced over the weekend at a special awards ceremony hosted by Jennie McAlpine and Ria Meera Munshi.

This is only the second year of the awards that were established last year by the city council to recognise the very best of culture in the city.  

The awards recognise both the massive contribution culture makes to the city's economy, and the role of culture in helping make Manchester a vibrant place that people want to live in, work, and visit.

The cultural call-out back in June saw over 300 nominations made across twelve different award categories.  Entries were once again of the very highest standard - giving judges the difficult and unenviable task of choosing just five finalists in each category.

Choosing the final winner of each category was an even harder job for the judges given the exceptional quality and uniqueness of all those who reached the final stage of judging.


Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Executive Member for Skills, Culture, and Leisure, Manchester City Council, said: "This was another phenomenal year for the Manchester Culture Awards, both in terms of the number of entries and also the standard of those nominated -  which was quite simply off the scale and world-class.

"What was so brilliant again about the entries is that they really showed off the incredible range and quality of cultural activity that has taken place in Manchester over the last year.  

"They also highlighted the many different partnerships that exist across the city, all helping this great culture to happen.

"Culture is very much part of our city's DNA.  Not for us an optional extra but something to be nurtured and invested in, something that time and again we see delivers real social and economic benefits.  

"As a result our creative sector is thriving, and Manchester is now recognised as the second largest creative city in Europe after London, with a GVA to the city's economy of £1.4bn.  All of which is a great return for recognising early the potential and clout that culture has to help make the city a better place to be.  

"It's abundantly clear from all the nominations we received this year that Manchester is no support act when it comes to culture - our sights are set firmly centre-stage and in the spotlight. This is Manchester - we do culture differently here."


List of winners:

Inspiring Innovation
Venture Arts, The Whitworth and Castlefield Gallery  

Best Business Partnership
Allied London and Reform Radio  

Promotion of Health & Wellbeing
Facing Out: Life after treatment for facial cancer  

Young Creative of the Year
Cara Looij

Best Exhibition
Manchester Art Gallery, Martin Parr  

Promotion of Culture and Education
Stanley Grove Primary Academy, Creative Team  

Best Event
Wild in Art, Bee in the City    

Promotion of Environmental Sustainability
HOME

Promotion of Talent and Leadership
Brighter Sound

Best Performance
Manchester Camerata and Louise Wallwein MBE  – Hidden  

Promotion of Equality and Diversity*
Rethink Rebuild Society

* A Special Commendation also went to -  the Emmeline Pankhurst Statue Campaign 

Manchester People’s Culture Award in association with the Manchester Evening News  
Michala Hulme

Special Recognition Awards
Dr Michael Oglesby CBE and Jean Oglesby CBE
Cilla Baynes MBE 

Outstanding Contribution
Two winners:
Emma Martin and Linda Brogan  


In addition to the main award categories two Special Recognition awards were made this year, along with two further awards for Outstanding Contribution to the arts.

The first Special Recognition Award went to Michael Oglesby CBE and Jean Oglesby CBE for all their fantastic support for the arts sector in Manchester over many years.

The second Special Recognition Award went to Cilla Baynes OBE, a long-standing leader in the arts and culture work in Manchester, and co-founder of Community Arts North West.

The Outstanding Contribution Award was shared by joint winners Emma Martin and Linda Brogan.  

Emma was recognised by judges for having created a strong link between the Whitworth Art Gallery and the Longsight community, with an exhibition curated by her students - a project which reached out to 9000 children across Manchester schools.

Linda set up the project Excavating the Reno, an excavation of a former nightclub in Moss Side with cultural and community significance, leading to an exhibition at the Whitworth Art Gallery.

The judges of this year's Manchester Cultural Awards were:  Alison Clark - Director North and National Director of Combined Arts for Arts Council England; Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Executive Member for Executive Member for Skills, Culture & Leisure; Dr Ruth Bromley GP in Wythenshawe, the Lead for Ethics & Law at Manchester Medical School and Chair of Manchester Health and Care Commissioning; Rachel Roger - Director of Reform Radio; and Fiona Worrall Strategic Director Neighbourhoods Manchester City Council.

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