North West’s cultural education stars were honoured at the inaugural North West Cultural Education Awards

This high profile and prestigious celebration took place on Friday 28th April 2017 and brought together teachers, cultural organisations, artists and influencers from across the North West, to celebrate their involvement in the Cultural Educational Challenge.

Dancers in the Wonderland showcarre at the North West Cultural Education Awards
It shone a light on best practice and those who have gone above and beyond in their work to bring the benefits of great arts and culture to the region's children and young people.

The afternoon event featured an Awards Ceremony, as well as a creative space – ‘Wonderland’ – which showcased some of the region’s rich and diverse cultural offer for schools.

Awards were presented across 16 separate categories, from which winners had been selected by an independent panel of judges.
The winners were:

Schools and Cultural Education categories

The Arts Council England Award for Innovation & Leadership in Cultural Education: Karen Fay (Fallibroome Academy, Macclesfield)

Cultural Education Individual Leader Award: Louise Farrington, Champions Project (Bank View High School, Liverpool)

Library Partnership Award: Bolton Schools’ Library Service, Blackrod Library and Blackrod Church School

Museum Partnership Award: David Graham (Holly Lodge School, Liverpool), Suzie Davies (Young Persons Advisory Service) and Sarah Marsh (Freelance Tate Artist)

Arts Partnership Award: Dukes Theatre, Lancaster & Lancaster University

Inclusive Partnership Award: Jennifer Cleary (Manchester International Festival)

Employment Categories

The Comino Creative Career Champion Award: Burnley Youth Theatre

Most Inspiring Creative Apprentice or Intern: Matt Robinson (Burnley Mechanics)

Outstanding Creative Employer: Burnley Youth Theatre

Arts Award Special Achievement Categories

The BBC Learning Gold & Beyond Award: Melissa Woodburn (The Lowry, Manchester)

Young Achiever Award: Olorire (often known as Grace) Ainenehi and her sister Motunrayo (often known as Mary)

The Chris May Award for Personal Achievement: All finalists in this category were deemed to be outstanding, so awards were given to each.
- Courtney Johnson (Eden Rivers Trust, Penrith)
- Peter Wood (Peshkar, Oldham)
- Leighton Strickland (The Lowry, Manchester)
- Hannah Hodgson (Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere)
- Leah Marie Erskine (HOME, Manchester)
- Keeley Baughan (More Music, Morecambe)

Inspirational Arts Award Adviser: Laura Shepherd (Queen Elizabeth School, Kirkby Lonsdale)

Big Impact Award: The Cumbria Museum Consortium

Innovative Portfolio Award: Isabel Hatherell

New Settings Award: Blue Moose Dance Company (Preston)

Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists!

Scroll through the event photos below:
North West Cultural Education Awards 2017

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