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Sports, leisure & the Arts Manchester Culture Awards 2018


Nearly 300 nominations were made across twelve different award categories this year:

Young Creative of the Year (Winner - Dominic Bennett)

  • Ali Wilson
  • Annalise Browne
  • Jonathon Heyward
  • Dominic Bennett
  • Mohammed Leonardo

Promotion of Health and Wellbeing (Winner - Streetwise Opera)

  • Streetwise Opera
  • HerArt
  • Contact
  • Manchester Museum
  • Manchester Art Gallery

Promotion of Equality & Diversity (Winner - Olympias Music Foundation)

  • The Proud Trust
  • Women's Words on Manchester
  • Venture Arts
  • Olympias Music Foundation
  • Amani Creatives

Promotion of Environmental Sustainability (Winner - Manchester Arts and Sustainability Team)

  • Manchester Arts and Sustainability Team
  • Manchester City Council Events Team and Walk The Plank
  • HOME
  • Bridgewater Basin Eco Partnership
  • Z-Arts and St Philip's Primary School

Promotion of Talent and Leadership (Winner - Contact)

  • SharpFutures
  • HOME Young Creatives
  • Contact
  • Venture Arts
  • Young Identity

Best Business Partnership (Winner - Bruntwood)

  • Bruntwood
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Halle Orchestra and Siemens
  • Z-Arts and One Manchester
  • Commonplace

Best Event (Winner - What Is the City but the People? - Manchester International Festival commission)

  • Paris-Manchester 1918 - RNCM
  • What Is the City but the People? - Manchester International Festival commission
  • This is Human - Project X, HOME
  • Manchester Science Festival 2017 - Museum of Science and Industry
  • This Vibrant Thing - PlatformMcr and Manchester Libraries

Best Performance (Winner - Tony Walsh - This is the Place)

  • The Welcoming Party - Manchester International Festival, Z-Arts, Theatre Rites co-commission
  • Tony Walsh - This is the Place
  • #BeMoreMartyn - Hope Theatre Company
  • Illuminate - Company Chameleon
  • She Bangs the Drum - Contact Young Company and People's History Museum

Best Exhibition (Winner - Never Going Underground: The Fight for LGBT+ Rights - People's History Museum)

  • Sonia Boyce - Manchester Art Gallery
  • Stories of Sacrifice - British Muslim Heritage Centre
  • Waqas Khan - Manchester Art Gallery
  • Beyond Dementia - The Whitworth
  • Never Going Underground: The Fight for LGBT+ Rights - People's History Museum

Inspiring Innovation (Winner - Z-Arts)

  • Comma Press
  • The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre
  • Old Abbey Taphouse
  • Z-Arts
  • Manchester Street Poem - Manchester International Festival commission

Outstanding Contribution (Winner - Manchester International Festival)

  • Carcanet Press
  • Manchester International Festival
  • This is the Place (book) - Tony Walsh
  • Royal Exchange Theatre
  • Linda Brogan - Excavating the Reno

Manchester People’s Cultural Award (Winner - Video Jam)

Members of the public voted for their own cultural winner. This a special award in association with the Manchester Evening News. The nominees are:

  • Esme Ward
  • Tony Walsh
  • Liz O'Neill
  • Linda Brogan
  • Stephen Evans
  • Video Jam
  • Clayton Hall Living History Museum
  • Dave Moutrey

Special Recognition Awards Winners

  • Maria Balshaw, Director of the Tate
  • Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council,


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