The North West Business Leadership Team have launched #NWBLTBusiness Matters campaign which highlights some of positive contributions our members make to the region and the country. The campaign uses a cartoon characters to highlight the facts in a lighthearted manner – printed copies of the cards are available from the NWBLT office.
Promoting the Region’s Advantages
Z-arts based in Hulme, Manchester has won the prestigious Lever Prize 2017. Z-arts is Manchester’s leading venue for children and families covering all art forms and creative activities. The Lever Prize is now entering its twelfth year and is judged by a panel of representatives from the North West Business Leadership Team (NWBLT). Along with a trophy the winner receives £10,000 cash and the opportunity of collaborating with some of the region’s most influential business leaders. The Lever Prize is an annual award given to arts organisations in North West England who are judged to be regionally distinctive with international or potentially international significance, and who show a high calibre of existing work and can demonstrate exciting future developments.
An independent body comprising experts from culture and business in Chester is aiming to put the city on the map for contemporary arts and includes plans for a permanent gallery to attract people from across the country.
Research commissioned by Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) earlier this year culminated in the draft Chester Heritage, Museums & Visual Arts Strategy which is due to go out for wider consultation. Chester Visual Arts (CVA) was formed nine months ago by a group of likeminded business and arts leaders from across the city to address the cultural deficiencies focusing on visual arts. Geoffrey Piper, NWBLT chief executive, sits on the group and was keen to support its first development forum on 22nd September.
The next NWBLT’s Forum meeting is a panel discussion taking place on Thursday 3 November 2016 (5pm for 5.30pm) at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. This special Forum event features NWBLT Chair, Juergen Maier, and the Lever Prize 2016 winners Museum of Science and Industry for a joint project with the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, addressing the crucial importance and inter-dependence between business, culture and society in today’s challenging environment.
Following the event Forum members are invited to stay for an evening concert at RNCM at a discounted rate of £15.30 (15% off the full price) – Latin American Big Band Jazz. The RNCM Big Band lets loose with the music of some stellar Latin and jazz greats – Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, Chano Pozo, Michel Camilo, Wayne Shorter and their very own Andy Scott. To crank up the Latin influence even further, Dave Hassell is joining the party. A leading light on the UK Latin American music scene, Dave leads his own Latin band, Apitos, and he has played with an incredible array of musicians, including Dr John, Clarke Terry, Art Farmer & Charles McPherson, to name but a few…
The next Forum meeting is taking place at the Thornton Science Park (5pm for 5.30pm) on 29th September and will debate the way forward for the North West’s scientific research and energy sectors, in the context of the post-Brexit environment. The panel will include Emma Degg (Policy Advisor, NWBLT), Myles Kitcher (Managing Director, Peel Environmental) and Paul Vernon (Chief Executive, Thornton Science Park)
In Liverpool Cathedral this evening at the NWBLT’s Forum Professor Michael Parkinson CBE, Chief Executive of the Heseltine Institute and Adviser to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, spoke about his report “The State of the Liverpool City: making the most of devolution”. The audience was made up of senior business leaders, smaller businesses, academics and community groups from across the region.
Michael spoke about the challenges from the new agenda including the Government’s mixed motives, ambitions and voices. He mentioned the issues around cultural change work at city region level and the two separate agendas – devolution & elected mayors. Liverpool is not alone with this challenge but must and is engaged in tackling them.
Creativity needs to be a key part of the curriculum if we are to be a driving force in the Northern Powerhouse, according to business leaders. The NWBLT Forum gathered to debate the importance of investment in training young people in both science and arts. Spearheaded in the UK by the Cultural Learning Alliance, the movement is calling to add the ‘A’ (arts) in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to become STEAM.
Speaking at a Forum meeting held at Sci-Tech Daresbury, Esme Ward, Head of Learning and Engagement at Manchester Museum, said: “Science educators are desperate to bring more creativity to the science curriculum. When you bring art and science together, there is huge potential for really extraordinary things to happen.”
The NWBLT is delighted to announce the staging of another Forum panel debate at Sci-Tech Daresbury on 9 November (5 for 5.30pm), following the success of ‘Feeding the Creative Spark’ at Eaton Park in July. Having explored the symbiotic relationship between business, science and the arts on that occasion, the November Forum will turn this relationship on its head and examine it from the viewpoint of stimulating, and further developing, the North West’s successful wealth-generating science.
The panellists on this occasion will be Dr Chris Doherty, Managing Director of Manchester Science Partnerships based at the Alderley Park Biohub; Suzanne Jones, Head of Europe, Central Asia and Middle East, International Knowledge and Innovation Unit, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; David Heke, Founder member of the Chester-based arts collective, ‘chart’; Esme Ward, Head of Learning and Engagement, Manchester Museum; and Fiona Gibson, Managing Director, Products Lead UK & Ireland, Accenture North West (authors of the NWBLT ‘Discovery to Delivery’ 2015 Science Prospectus).
In addition to the highly stimulating “Feeding the Creative Spark” debate, those fortunate enough to attend NWBLT’s July Forum had the opportunity to see a short film entitled “Filaments – Tracing the Thread in the Cumbrian Landscape’. The “Filaments” film is a delightful representation of the creativity behind the art exhibition mounted by Jenny Ryrie RBSA, David Heke and Liz Ellis in Keswick, Cumbria, earlier this year – the official 2015 “Words by the Water” Literature Festival exhibition held at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. Please click through to see the film.
The next meeting of the NWBLT’s Forum is entitled “Feeding the Creative Spark – a debate on the symbiotic relationship between business, science and the arts”. It is taking place on Monday 13th July from 4.30pm to 7.30pm in the Wolf Room at Eaton Hall – home of The Duke of Westminster, President of NWBLT.
The panel will be focussing on the relationships between the arts, science and business, and the role of business leaders and philanthropists in supporting cultural organisations and a thriving arts scene, as essential ingredients of a successful, sustainable economy. Panelists include Michael Oglesby (Chairman, Bruntwood and NWBLT member), Justin Kelly (Director of Strategy, Siemens Industry Sector), Paula Ridley (Chair, Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art) and Julie Platt (Development Manager, Chester Performs).
Before and after the panel discussions, and to encourage a lively networking session, a number of locally based artists and performers will show some examples of their work and discuss informally with those attending what their work means to them, and how it can be better understood and interpreted. It is felt that this may help to foster a better appreciation by business people of the significance and relevance of the arts to our lives.