The Lever Prize

In May 2005 the North West Business Leadership Team launched the Lever Prize, an annual award for world-class arts organisations in the North West (Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside). The Lever Prize is judged by NWBLT with support from Arts and Business North West. The prize winner receives a cash prize and the opportunity to work closely with NWBLT member companies during their winning year. For more information and an entry form for the Lever Prize please click here.

Z-arts wins 2017 Lever Prize

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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.

NWBLT supports Chester Visual Arts development discussions

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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.

NWBLT Chair to Address November Forum at RNCM

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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…

Shortlist of Four Announced for 2017 Lever Prize

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FOUR cultural organisations from across the North West have been shortlisted for the prestigious Lever Prize 2017 which is now in its 12th year. The winner receives a £10,000 cash award and the opportunity to develop working relationships with some of the North West’s most influential business leaders. The shortlisted organisations are:-
Chethams School of Music – Tate Liverpool – Wild Rumpus – Z Arts

Winner of 2016 Lever Prize Announced

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The Museum of Science and Industry has won the prestigious Lever Prize 2016 for a joint project with FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), exploring the interaction between arts and science. Now entering its eleventh year, the Lever Prize is judged by the North West Business Leadership Team in partnership with Arts & Business. The prize includes £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 existing work and can demonstrate exciting future developments.

The collaboration between Museum of Science and Industry and FACT will have an educational focus, and provide both formal and informal learning opportunities for young people, exploring physical and digital making, and the interaction between arts and science.

North West Schools Science Competition is now open for entries

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Do you know a pupil in Year 7 or 8 attending a North West School who would like the chance to win an iPad mini and cash for their school? All they need to do is submit 500 word email to info@nwblt.co.uk on “Why I want to be a Scientist” by 6th November 2015.

The best six entries from each year group will be invited to take part in a presentation event taking place at Manchester Museum on Monday 7th December and the winner of each year group will be presented with an iPad Mini and a cheque for their school. All 12 candidates will be filmed making their presentations and feature on the NWBLT YouTube Channel.

Forum features ‘Filaments’ film

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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.

Feeding the Creative Spark – 13 July 2015

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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.

Lever Prize 2016 now open for applications

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For the past ten years, NWBLT has sponsored an annual award known as the “Lever Prize” – named after William Lever, the famous soap magnate (founder of Unilever) and arts collector. NWBLT invites arts organisations to compete each year for a £10,000 cash prize and the opportunity to benefit from a year-long partnership between the arts and business communities. The Lever Prize 2016 is now open for applications – the closing date for entries is 3rd July.

The current winner of the Lever Prize is Manchester Museum. Previous winners of the Lever include Liverpool Biennial in 2006, Manchester International Festival in 2007, TATE Liverpool in 2008, The National Football Museum in 2009, FutureEverything in 2010, The Whitworth in 2011, DaDaFest in 2012, Hallé St Peter’s in 2013 and Contact, Manchester in 2014.

This year the judges will be looking for regionally distinctive organisations which can demonstrate high calibre existing work and exciting future developments and projects with international or potentially international significance. In particular, NWBLT are looking for a specific project which their member companies would be able to become involved with.

2015 Lever Prize Trophy Presented to Manchester Museum

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Manchester Museum’s Director Nick Merriman was presented with the Lever Prize trophy, following the Museum’s recent win of the prestigious Lever Prize 2015. The trophy was presented by Juergen Maier, Managing Director of Siemens Industry UK and Chairman of the North West Business Leadership Team at a special reception held in the Museum’s Living Worlds Gallery. The event, held on 5th February, was attended by senior leaders from the arts and business sectors in the region, as well as senior figures from the University of Manchester.

The Lever Prize also comes with a cheque for £10,000 and the opportunity for the Museum to collaborate on partnership programmes with some of the region’s most influential businesses during its winning year.