A number of Knowsley organisations and individuals have been announced as finalists in the Liverpool City Region Culture and Creativity awards.
The awards, which were established in 2019 under the Mayor Steve Rotheram’s 1% for Culture initiative, honour the value and contribution the cultural and creative sectors bring to the region and the difference they make to people’s lives.
More than 600 nominations came in from across the six local authority areas of the Liverpool City Region and the judges, including experts in the field of arts, science and culture, has now selected finalists. The finalists include three Knowsley related projects:
Prescot based Imaginarium Theatre, a theatre and community arts company, specialising in outdoor productions, is a finalist in the People’s Choice Award for Outstanding Contribution to Culture. The winner of this award will be chosen by a public vote, which opens in the New Year. The award celebrates individuals or organisations that have made an outstanding contribution and shown commitment to culture over a sustained period.
Incredible Edible Knowsley is a finalist for the Environmental Award which recognises the impact culture and creativity has on the green agenda, including environmental sustainability and contribution to net zero targets. Incredible Edible is a community company that aims to reduce food poverty by growing food and bringing communities across Knowsley together.
Natalie McCool, from Knowsley, has been named as a finalist for the Artist/Creative of the Year. This award celebrates an individual whose work has stood out and contributed to the cultural and creative reputation of the LCR. Natalie took part in the Knowsley Music Festival as part of Knowsley’s Year as Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture in 2022.
Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities commented:
“I’m delighted to see Knowsley people and organisations named as finalists for these awards. We have an amazing cultural sector here in Knowsley with so many talented individuals and organisations who create wonderful opportunities for our residents so it’s only right that their contributions are recognised and rewarded.
“Congratulations to the finalists and I wish them the very best of luck for the awards evening.”
The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at St Helens Rugby League Stadium (Langtree Park) on Thursday 7 March 2024, the area being this year’s Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture.