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LCR Culture & Creativity Awards 2021 - People's Choice

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

People's Choice 2021

This year’s vote is now closed.

Below are the six finalists who faced the public vote for the coveted title of People’s Choice – Outstanding Contribution to Culture in this year’s Liverpool City Region Culture and Creativity Awards.

The winner – voted for by you – will have made an outstanding contribution to culture and creativity, which has made a significant difference to the quality of life at either local, Borough or City Region level. Our previous winners include; Africa Oyé (2019) and The Atkinson Sefton (2020)

We can’t wait to announce the winner of the 2022 People’s Choice Award at this year’s awards ceremony.

The Reader

The Reader works with local schools, partner organisations, mental health care trusts, hospitals, and community groups to reach readers – young and old. Their ‘Reading Revolution’ is supported by a network of more than 1,000 volunteers engaging with 18,000 people last year. During the pandemic they also made more than 5,000 meals for vulnerable people in the community.

Claire Pitt

Claire Pitt is a Halton Artist working from Hazlehurst Studios in Runcorn and was behind many of the activities for Halton Borough of Culture 2021. She brought together arts and cultural organisations with the local community and created a public gallery for local artists who had never considered showing their work publicly before.

Julia Samuels & 20 Stories High

Liverpool-based theatre company 20 Stories High believes that “everybody’s got a story to tell and their own way of telling it”. Julia’s Samuels 15 year contribution to the work of 20 Stories High has tackled issues that unapologetically deal with social injustices, raising awareness of and fighting for equality to give young, culturally diverse, working-class people a voice.


Metal believes that artists can affect change in our society and acts as a catalyst for art and artists to create innovative societal change. It produces an exciting multidisciplinary programme of international and UK artists in residence and runs a wide range of events, exhibitions and participatory projects all designed to encourage the participation of local people and communities.


Luma Creations

Luma Creations is a vibrant arts organisation that builds Latin American community links through a range of creative activities and events. They act as a sense of identity for Latin Americans currently living on Merseyside as well as the descendants of those who were welcomed by the City Region as political exiles in the 1970s and early 80s.

Matt Rutter & YEP

Young Everyman Playhouse (YEP) has made a truly outstanding contribution to promoting and nurturing new talent in the city. YEP encourages the young people to see theatre in a new light by asking them to create many exciting experiences for different audiences and as YEP Director, Matt has overseen some amazing shows including Macbeth at the Bombed-Out Church.


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