The North West Cultural Education Awards

After the uplifting success of its inaugural year, Curious Minds is delighted to present North West Cultural Education Awards 2018.

These awards shine a light on those individuals, schools and organisations that 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 - celebrating and championing best practise and innovation in the sector.


Following a rigorous nomination and evaluation process, Award winners are announced at a glittering ceremony on Wednesday 27th June in Preston. The event will bring together teachers, arts and cultural sector practitioners, youth sector leaders, community representatives and policy-makers from across the North West.


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We have individual tickets available at £7.50 each or half-tables (of 4 people) for £22.50. Under 18s and concessions tickets are FREE.
Young people perform

The Award Categories

Leadership Categories:

The Arts Council England Award for Innovation and Leadership in Education
Cultural Education Activist Award

Partnership Categories:

Arts and Education Partnership Award
Heritage, Museum, Library and Education Partnership Award
Inspirational Local Cultural Education Partnership Award

Artsmark Categories:

Artsmark Best Practice Award
Artsmark Team Award

Arts Award Categories:

Personal Achievement Award (Ages 5-11)
Personal Achievement Award (Ages 12-25)
Inspirational Arts Award Adviser
Big Impact Award
Gold & Beyond Award

Creative Careers Categories:

Most Inspiring Creative Apprentice or Intern
Creative Career Champions
You can find information and guidelines on our assessment criteria for each award category here.

Introducing our Event Sponsors!

About our Sponsors

Rugby League Cares is a charity that touches upon the lives of people involved at every level of our great sport. Our mission is to enhance and enrich people’s lives through the power and positive influence of Rugby League. We are proud of our Cultural programme which in particular engages women, girls and other under-represented groups to the sport and its associated events by supporting dance programmes in both school and community settings.
RJFacilities' aim is to have a long term mutually beneficial business relationships based upon openness, honesty and integrity with the customer at the centre. We will design a complete service which meets your needs, benchmark standards, achieve efficiencies and improve your working environment.
Working across the education, health, public services and corporate sectors, we help our clients manage their IT Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Data Protection obligations by providing safe and secure disposal of redundant IT equipment. Wherever possible, we also help to provide an income stream by delivering value in recycling IT equipment.

Photos from last year's Awards

North West Cultural Education Awards 2017