Latest Arts Projects Awards from NW Arts Council

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Over £700,000 have been awarded to regional arts projects and artists from Arts Council England, North West in October

53 projects in the North West region will receive a total of £743,152 in the latest round of Arts Council England, North West’s Grants for the arts awards.

The Grants for the arts programme in the North West awards over £5 million annually to arts projects and is open to a wide range of groups and individuals. The programme distributes money from the national lottery and from government. For more information about the Grants for the arts programme, including how to make an application, contact Arts Council England on 0845 300 6200 or visit www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding

Listed here is a small selection of successful projects to benefit from Grants for the arts funding from Arts Council England, North West in October:

Trevor Avery, Sedburgh, Cumbria has been awarded £9,390 towards the project From Auschwitz to Ambleside, an 18 month video project that will centre on the journey of the child survivors of the Holocaust who came to be evacuated to a small, now vanished housing estate in the Lake District. It will culminate in a special installation event in Cumbria for Holocaust Memorial Day in 2007.

The digital and video journey will encompass and connect the locations closely associated with the events and journeys of the liberated children in Poland, Czechoslovakia and in the Lake District. The journey will include the museums and buildings at Auschwitz and the Terezin ghetto as well as the former site of the now disappeared public housing scheme at Calgarth (now Troutbeck).

The project will also include aspects of the art works and music produced in the Terezin ghetto by artists, writers and composers who disappeared into the death camps but whose work produced in the ghetto survived.

Jim Medway, Manchester has been awarded £29,000 towards a youth led comic project. The project will involve groups of new young immigrants producing comic books, which depict their daily lives, building both verbal and visual literacy skills. The project will run repeatedly, eventually creating a substantial collection of works, which for the reader will provide an engaging, amusing and informative insight into the lives of young immigrants. As part of the award Jim Medway will be attending a summer course at the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont, USA, which is wholly dedicated to sequential art, with an impressive list of successful and established comic artists.

Stockport Excellence Cluster has been awarded £25,000 towards a creative evaluation project. The project will involve the active participation of visual artists, pupils and staff in drawing together the impact of the Clusters programmes in an installation, which will help to determine future developments within the Cluster schools and their wider communities. The clusters programme is a partnership of 15 schools who work together to lead the way in developing new activities and projects to help children and young people get the very most out of their education. This project will develop and embed creative approaches and processes to engage children and young people in evaluation and consultation.

In response to this latest round of awards, Michael Eakin, Executive Director of Arts Council England, North West said:

‘In the North West we are very lucky to have artists and arts organisations who produce such high quality and innovative work with the aim of enriching the lives of those who live in the region. The Grants for the arts awards in October reflect that quality and innovation, they will make a positive contribution to communities, children and young people across the region and create more opportunities for people to experience and take part in the arts.’

For more information about the Grants for the arts programme, including how to make an application, contact Arts Council England on 0845 300 6200 or visit www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding

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For more press information contact: Neil Morrin, Assistant Communications Officer, Phone: 0161 827 9256 Email: neil.morrin@artscouncil.org.uk

www.artscouncil.org.uk

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