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). For more information about the Lever Prize please click here.
The next meeting of the NWBLT’s Forum will take place at the Bolton Octagon Theatre on Thursday 19 October at 5pm for 5.30pm. The event will be a panel discussion focusing on how culture and creativity can contribute to learning and skills. The panel will include Fiona Gibson (past NWBLT member from Accenture and now Business Director at the Octagon), Robin Kemp (Ex BBC and now Head of Creative Development at Liverpool City Council) and Liz O’Neil (CEO of Z arts the NWBLT’s Lever Prize winner for 2017).
The Lever Prize 2017 Winner – Z Arts – organised Manchester primary school children to visit the Alstom Transport Traincare Centre in Longsight after buddying up with the business to look at the workplace and introduce them to the amazing technology. A group of 30 children from Webster Primary School, who are taking part in the NWBLT Lever prize funded project My Planet, visited the Alstom Depot in Manchester to learn all about the services that the NWBLT member provides to the train industry in the North West.
The trip helped the children learn all about the benefits of train travel and what Alstom do within their Manchester depot including the full size train scanner, the fully computerised train parts store, how a train is fully refurbished and many other amazing train facts.
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…
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
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.