Save time, do it online: Pay Apply Report

Success for South Lakeland at culture awards

7 February 2017

South Lakeland artists and cultural organisations have been congratulated after picking up a clutch of awards at a glittering event on Friday night.

The Cumbria Life Culture Awards, supported by Arts Council England and Lakes Culture,  recognised the achievements of the county’s best creative and artistic talent, festivals and cultural providers.

South Lakeland individuals and organisations won in eight of the 16 categories:

Designer/Maker of the Year: Waters and Acland, designers and makers of bespoke fine furniture in Staveley

Choir of the Year: Levens Choir

Exhibition of the Year: Winifred Nicholson in Cumberland, a major exhibition at Abbot Hall in Kendal

Art Gallery of the Year: Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal

Event of the Year: ‘Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash’, a world-premiere in Kendal of a multi-media performance by artist/filmmaker/musician Dave McKean as part of the 14-18 NOW arts programme to mark the centenary of World War I

Venue of the Year: Brewery Arts Centre Kendal

Festival of the Year: Lakes International Comic Art Festival

Outstanding Contribution Award: John Fox and Sue Gill, Baycliff, for their pioneering work as founders of Welfare State International

Several other South Lakeland entries were also finalists in various categories, including:

Kendal Community Theatre, K Shoes Male Voice Choir, Highlights Contemporary Craft Tour, Wordsworth Country, Ruskin Museum, Brantwood, Wordsworth Museum, Blackwell, Heaton Cooper Studio Archive Gallery, Brewery Poets, Evocative Objects  at Sprint Mill, Space  2 Create, Brewery Youth Arts, Martin Roscoe, Jess Gillam, Flight, Kendal Poetry Festival, Kendal Mountain Festival and Lakes Alive.

We have a key Council Plan priority to build on the district’s reputation as  a place for nationally and internationally recognised arts, events and festivals, as part of a strategy to help strengthen the visitor economy and to benefit the health and wellbeing of residents.

We fund strategic partners including Lakeland Arts, the Brewery Arts Centre and Wordsworth Trust, and support a number of festivals and events, including Cumbria Life Culture Awards winners the Lakes International Comic Art Festival and organisations like Lakes Culture and the Lake District National Park Authority’s World Heritage Site bid.

Our portfolio holder for Culture and Wellbeing, Councillor Chris Hogg, said: “I’d like to congratulate the organisations, groups and individuals who were nominated and of course the winners too.

“There  are so many people working hard in the cultural sector in South Lakeland making it a great place to live and visit and they deserve recognition for the amazing work they do.’’