North Lincolnshire Council shortlisted for Best Arts Project award
North Lincolnshire Council has been shortlisted for an award in the National Campaign for the Arts’ ‘Hearts for the Arts Awards’ 2022.
They were nominated for having the Best Arts Project of the year.
The awards celebrate the creative arts and its positive impact on the community.
In August 2021, the council presented artist Luke Jerram’s ‘Of Earth and Sky’.
The shortlisted project saw words, written by locals, presented in a ‘striking art trail across Scunthorpe’, the council reported.
The commissioned display was created as part of the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre’s 20-year anniversary.
The winner for the award will be selected by a panel of arts industry experts.
Discussing North Lincolnshire’s nomination, the Hearts for the Arts 2022 judges told North Lincolnshire Council: “[It is a] really impressive project.
“We particularly like the way the organisers tried to encourage input from those perhaps unengaged with the arts and poetry by holding roaming sessions and sessions for beginners and those who do not have English as a first language.
“This project was creatively organised and the hard work paid off with fantastic engagement results, fostering pride in the local community and encouraging people to connect or re-connect with culture.”
Cllr Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, added: “To receive this national recognition is a fantastic achievement and a real tribute to the talented writers across North Lincolnshire that contributed to the Of Earth and Sky project.
“Seeing both local people and visitors alike come to Scunthorpe to explore the trail and re-discover the brilliant locations on our doorstep in a new light was wonderful to see.
“Over the past 20 years, the team at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre have brought the work of some incredible artists to North Lincolnshire, including Antony Gormley, Grayson Perry and, in the past year alone, acclaimed exhibitions like Luke Jerram’s ‘Museum of the Moon’ and Jason Wilsher-Mills’ ‘Jason and his Argonauts’.
“As well as displaying amazing art, they are also constantly searching for creative ways to make it accessible, inspiring the local community to get involved and discover a new passion.”
An extra Open Art and Sculpture exhibition will also be launching on Saturday 29 January 2022, displayed tons of creative talent from North Lincolnshire.
The winners of the Hearts for the Arts Awards 2022 are due to be announced on Monday 14 February.
(Pictured: Cllr Rob Waltham, Cllr John Davison and author Ann Liles)
(Image by: North Lincolnshire Council / Hearts for the Arts)
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