Celebrating arts, culture and creativity for young people, in and out of school
NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!
We are incredibly excited to be inviting nominations for The Northern Cultural Education Awards 2024.This Awards programme aims to shine a light on best practice, innovation and activism in the field of creative and cultural education, wherever it is happening across the North of England.
It will culminate in an Awards Ceremony and networking event on Friday 24th May 2024 at The Edge Arena in Wigan.
As three-time organiser of the North West Cultural Education Awards, Curious Minds is this year inviting nominations from across the whole of Northern England.
Our mission is to celebrate the incredible, passionate people – teachers, artists and creative practitioners, youth and social workers, health and wellbeing specialists and community volunteers – who are working so hard for children and young people.
The Award Categories
There are 7 Award Categories for which we are inviting nominations. These are outlined below, with lots of further information provided in our Guidance for Applicants.
The deadline for submissions is midnight on Sunday 3rd March 2024. No late entries will be accepted.
There is no cost to submit a nomination, you can nominate yourself or others, and you can nominate the same person or project in different categories. Links to the online nomination forms for each category are provided with the category descriptions below.
Projects must have taken place onward from 2020 in order to be eligible for this year's Awards.
If you're planning a nomination (or several) we suggest you read the Guidance for Applicants so you know the questions you'll be asked and how entries will be assessed. There's also a list of FAQs further down this page.
The Innovation and Leadership in Education AwardA trailblazing school or education setting which has embedded the arts, creativity and culture to deliver transformational outcomes for pupils, staff and/or community.
The Inspirational Local Partnership AwardTo recognise the best in cross-sector partnership working. This award will celebrate a group of organisations that has worked collectively to improve access to arts, culture and creativity for the children and young people in their local area.
The One to Watch AwardFocusing on the next generation of leaders in cultural education. This award will recognise someone taking their first steps into a career that champions high-quality arts and culture for children and young people.
The Hearts and Minds AwardA project that has used targeted creative or cultural activity to positively impact children and young people's health and wellbeing.
The Young Arts Activism Award
It’s not just about the adults! This award will celebrate a group of young people or an individual who have led creative action to drive a difference in the world around them.
Changemaker AwardAn individual whose work, over many years, has made a significant positive change to the field of arts and culture by, with and for children and young people. The recipient of this award will be chosen by the CEO and Chair of Curious Minds but we are keen to hear your suggestions. This is the only category for which people cannot nominate themselves!
The Grassroots Award(s)This category is all about appreciating the professionalism, skill and commitment that exists with the army of freelance and grassroots creatives on which our sector relies.
Depending on the number of nominations received, we hope to split this award into:
The Awards Ceremony & Wonderland
It will include plenty of opportunities to reconnect or build your networks, as well as Wonderland – an inspiring cultural marketplace for creative educators.
Frequently Asked Questions
However, please be aware that there will be a nominal fee for attendance at the Awards Ceremony, which will take place on the afternoon of Friday 24th May 2024. Individual tickets will cost £15.
The event will be a fantastic opportunity to celebrate, network and enjoy the company of people working in a similar field. We’d encourage everyone to attend.
We would encourage you to use this information to pre-prepare your nomination. It isn’t possible to save the online form mid-way through completion.
It’s worth being aware that we will ask shortlisted finalists to provide us with some existing photos, videos or audio clips related to their project/nomination. Nothing too onerous, and we will provide further guidance if this applies to you.
The Change Maker Award winner will be chosen by the CEO and Chair of Curious Minds.