The Arts Council NW art08 awards this evening was good fun and all went well at the Novas CUC venue. There was music from DJ Dave Haslam and aerial dance from Wired Aerial Theatre (I missed that though) then the awards ceremony was hosted by Dave Spikey who was very funny. Sense of Sound also performed before and after the ceremony.
The big prize of £10,000 went to Paul Hartley who develops and delivers inspirational, sustainable and creative young people’s engagement programmes, raising aspiration and a true youth voice.
Paul also won the prize in the ‘Unsung Heroes’ category.
Other prizewinners were the Bluecoat with Yorkshire Bank for its Shine project winning the Creative Sparks Award which celebrates innovative partnerships between the business and arts sectors.
Conceptual artist Naomi Kashiwagi from Manchester won the Artist Award.
Manchester International Festival got the ‘Putting the North West on the Map’ category for its opera ‘Monkey – Journey to the West’
and Lancaster’s Nuffield Theatre scooped the Inside Outside Online Award for its experiment in programming.