We’re very pleased to announce that Outside Edge Theatre Company and our West London commissioners (Hammersmith & Fulham, Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea) have been shortlisted for a Hearts for the Arts Award for Best Arts Project – Arts, Health and Wellbeing!
Organised by the National Campaign For the Arts, the awards celebrate the unsung heroes of Local Authorities who are championing the arts, often within a climate of severe financial challenges. The shortlist was judged by representatives from some of this year’s partners in the awards: Culture Counts, Local Government Association, Wales Council for Voluntary Action, National Campaign for the Arts, UK Theatre and Voluntary Arts Wales.
What the judges said about our nomination:
‘This is an exceptionally strong submission, which fully demonstrates: the need for this work; an established local and regional set of partnerships; an agile and innovative approach; and good evidence of impact in supporting people affected by addiction and substance misuse.
‘Wonderful innovation! The need for the work you’re doing is obvious and is seemingly having a massive impact for many. I look forward to following your work in the future!’
The winners of the Hearts For The Arts Awards 2020 will be announced on Valentine’s Day, 14 February. The winners will be selected from the shortlist by a panel of key arts industry experts and practitioners, including:
- Susie Dent: lexicographer, etymologist, host of Countdown’s ‘Dictionary Corner’
- Gary Kemp: actor, musician, songwriter, founder member of Spandau Ballet
- Julie Hesmondhalgh: actress, activist
- Alom Shaha: Physics teacher, dad, author of Mr Shaha’s Recipes for Wonder
- Errollyn Wallen CBE: composer
- Kirstie Wilson: Kirklees Council, winner 2019 Hearts for the Arts Best Local Authority Arts Champion – Officer
- Samuel West: actor, director, Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts
For more information on the awards and the other incredible nominees, please follow this link.