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LCR Culture & Creativity Awards 2021

Liverpool City Region is a thriving place for culture and creativity and we want to celebrate this.

The Liverpool City Region Cultural Partnership designed a set of awards to recognise and celebrate excellence and innovation in art, culture and creativity within the Liverpool City Region.

Part of the Metro Mayor’s Percent for Culture initiative, these awards recognise the value and huge contribution that the cultural and creative sector bring to the Liverpool City Region making it one of the most vibrant and exciting places to live, work, study in, visit or do business in.

We want to acknowledge the power and value of culture and creativity and how they achieve positive outcomes that everyone can benefit from including:

  • work by artists / arts organisations;
  • creative and imaginative ideas within communities;
  • innovation within business, work and education.

Nominations can be for an individual, organisation, group or partnership that is involved in the creation, promotion and use of culture and creativity including the following art forms:

  • Performing Arts (eg: Theatre, Dance, Music, Opera);
  • Visual Arts
  • Digital Art,
  • Photography,
  • Film and broadcast media,
  • Literature,
  • Museums, Galleries and Heritage, or
  • Craft.

Nominees must live, study and/or work in the Liverpool City Region – Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral – or have created work / projects that significantly benefit the residents or visitors to the LCR and / or has positively contributed to the economy, culture, learning, health and social wellbeing of the LCR.

We introduced two new categories in last year’s awards to recognise and acknowledge the fantastic work of individuals and organisations who used creativity to make a significant impact on people’s lives during the Covid 19 pandemic. These are also included for 2021:

  • Impact Award – Creative Response during Covid 19 Award (individual)
  • Impact Award – Creative Response during Covid 19 Award (organisation)

The timeframe for consideration for nominations for the 2021 awards will recognise arts and cultural events, innovation and creative activity that has taken place within the Liverpool City Region during the period 13th November 2020 – 12th November 2021.

There will be a live awards event but we will also include a simultaneous online broadcast so that everyone can join in! The 2021 Awards event will be held in March 2022 at the incredible Cronton Playhouse in Halton.

The important stuff…

The winner of each award category will receive an award commemorating their achievement.

The awards ceremony will be a prestigious, high quality and intimate event for all finalists and their guests (two guests per finalist).  The focus of the event is to celebrate the achievement of the finalists and announce the overall winner of each category, with the support of a range of well-known presenters.

Members of the Liverpool Cultural Partnership together with invited representatives from the Creative and Cultural sector will compile a shortlist of finalists for each category from the nominations received.

Following nominations a shortlist of up to 3 finalists will be selected for each category with the exception of the Judges Inspiration Award – significant contribution to Culture which is an award decided by the judging panel and awarded on the night.

Members of the public will have the deciding vote for the People’s Choice Award – Outstanding contribution to culture


The People’s Choice

Artist of the Year

Arts Organisation of the Year

Student Inspiration Award

Impact Award – Health & Wellbeing

Impact Award – Environmental Sustainability

Impact Award – Improving Education & Learning

Impact Award – Improving Community Cohesion

Impact Award – International Reach

Impact Award – Future World of Work

Impact Award – Sustainable Business in Arts

Impact Award – Covid-19 Creative Response (individual)

Impact Award – Covid-19 Creative Response (organisation)

Borough of Culture ‘Star of the Year’

Judges ‘Inspiration Award’ –  significant contribution to Culture

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