Following a phenomenal response to the call for nominations for the first ever Manchester Culture Awards, details of the shortlisted nominees can now be revealed.
The awards recognise the best of culture in the city over the last year and have been established by the council to recognise the massive contribution culture makes to the city's economy, and the role of culture in helping make Manchester a vibrant place where people want to live, work, and play.
The cultural call-out back in June this year saw nearly 300 nominations made across twelve different award categories.
The volume of entries along with the exceptional quality of all those nominated, meant it was no easy task for the judges who had the unenviable task of deciding who should go through to the next round of judging.
The judging panel was made up of Sara Todd, Deputy Chief Executive Manchester City Council; Alison Clark, Director North & National Combined Arts Director, Arts Council England; Mags Bradbury, Associate Director Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, Central Manchester University NHS Trust; Keisha Thompson, Manchester writer, performance artist and producer; and Mark Dobson, independent cultural consultant; and Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Manchester City Council's Executive Member for Schools, Culture and Leisure.
After much discussion and debate five nominees were shortlisted in each category and will now go forward to the final stage of judging.
Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Executive Member for Schools, Culture, and Leisure, Manchester City Council, said: "We had a phenomenal response to our call-out for nominations and such was the calibre of organisations, events, exhibitions, and individuals nominated that the bar was set very high for them to get through to the final stage of judging.
"It was a really tough job to whittle all of the nominations down, and it's going to be even tougher to decide which of the five finalists in each category should be crowned the winner."
Full list of finalists in each award category:
Young Creative of the Year
Promotion of Health and Wellbeing
Manchester Art Gallery
Promotion of Equality & Diversity
The Proud Trust
Women's Words on Manchester
Olympias Music Foundation
Promotion of Environmental Sustainability
Manchester Arts and Sustainability Team
Manchester City Council Events Team and Walk The Plank
Bridgewater Basin Eco Partnership
Z-Arts and St Philip's Primary School
Promotion of Talent and Leadership
HOME Young Creatives
Best Business Partnership
Museum of Science and Industry
Halle Orchestra and Siemens
Z-Arts and One Manchester
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
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
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
The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre
Old Abbey Taphouse
Manchester Street Poem - Manchester International Festival commission
Manchester International Festival
This is the Place (book) - Tony Walsh
Royal Exchange Theatre
Linda Brogan - Excavating the Reno
In addition to the main nomination categories with winners to be decided by the panel of judges, members of the public were also invited to join in with the awards and vote for their own cultural winner through the Manchester People's Culture Award - a special award to be made in association with the Manchester Evening News.
List of nominees for the Manchester People’s Cultural Award in association with the Manchester Evening News:
Clayton Hall Living History Museum
Winners in all categories will be announced at a special awards ceremony being held at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday 14 November.
For more information on the awards visit: www.manchester.gov.uk/