These new Culture & Creativity Awards have been created to recognise the outstanding role that culture, creativity and innovation contributes to making our region a thriving, creative and beautiful place to live.

The Liverpool City Region Culture & Creativity awards are planned to stimulate, recognise, nurture and celebrate excellence in creativity and innovation wherever it can be found the Liverpool City Region.   The awards, a red carpet event, will take place on 28th November 2019 and hosted in the 2019 Liverpool City Region ‘Borough of Culture’, Wirral.

What we mean by culture and creativity?

Culture is not just something done by professionals for audiences, but it is any creative activity that brings people together within their communities, whether real or virtual. It includes those organising voluntary, community based social activity, or researchers and businesses who use creative approaches within projects that are innovative and transformational as much as those involved in the creation and delivery of professional arts and cultural events and performances. Nominations for these awards can include an individual, organisation, business, group or partnership that, has demonstrated outstanding creative achievement through cultural activity at either a local, Borough or Liverpool City Region level.

Why are we doing them?

Part of the Metro Mayor’s Percent for Culture initiative, the awards have been created to recognise the value and power for change that the arts, cultural and creative sector can bring in reinforcing the City Region as one of the most vibrant and exciting places to live, work, study, visit or do business.

Who can apply in each category?

Nominees must live, study and/or work in the Liverpool City Region (eg 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 development of the economy of the LCR.

The 2019 awards will recognise arts and cultural events, innovative and creative activity that has taken place within the Liverpool City Region during the period 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019, with the exception of the Borough of Culture’ Star of the Year’ Award which can include individual achievement that has taken place during Wirral’s Borough of Culture from 1st January 2019 up to the closing date– 20 September 2019.

What do the winners get?

In addition to an award, winners will be offered the services of a film maker to develop a three minute bespoke film tailored to the audience that the winner wishes to reach, providing an advocacy tool for future progression.

The awards ceremony itself will be a prestigious and intimate event for all finalists and their guests.  The focus of the event is to celebrate the achievement of the finalists and announce the overall winner of each category.

Promotion and use of art and creativity can include but is not limited to the following art forms:

  • Performing Arts (including: Theatre, Dance, Music, Poetry, Opera)
  • Visual Arts (including design and public art)
  • Digital and VR
  • Photography
  • Film and broadcast media
  • Literature (including comedy and comics)
  • Museums, Galleries and Heritage
  • Sculpture
  • Craft, and
  • Technology

Judging Process

Nominations can be completed online from late July and the closing date for entrants and nominations is Friday 20th September @4.00pm. After this date the judging panel will shortlist the finalists for the People’s Choice Award – Outstanding Contribution to Culture, and the Liverpool City Region community will be able to vote for their chosen winner.

All other categories will be decided by members of the Liverpool Cultural Partnership together with our judging panel who will compile a shortlist of finalists for each category from the nominations received.

For terms and conditions CLICK HERE

For more further information relating on the categories and how to make your nomination.