Unity and 20 Stories High Shortlisted in Liverpool City Region’s Culture and Creativity Awards

Tuesday, 05 November 2019 00:00 | Posted by 

Unity and 20 Stories High shortlisted for award

LAUNCH project recognised in Liverpool City Region's Culture & Creativity Awards


20 Stories High and Unity have been shortlisted in Liverpool City Region’s inaugural Culture and Creativity Awards, celebrating outstanding contribution and commitment to art, culture and creativity across Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral.

The Culture and Creativity Awards are part of the Metro Mayor's Culture Programme for the Liverpool City Region, and includes investment in key cultural projects such as the construction of the Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot and support for the Liverpool 2018 celebrations.

Unity and our associate company 20 Stories High, have been nominated for the Impact Award (Future World of Work) for LAUNCH. This highly valued project is a professional development programme for emerging theatre makers in Merseyside and, in its first year, saw a group of 12 creatives given the tools to enable them to launch a career in the arts.

Unity’s Artistic Director Gordon Millar says: “LAUNCH broke new ground, on a national level, as a talent development programme for people who cannot always access mainstream education programmes. Every single participant can now say, since graduating, that they are working in the arts and with some great successes already. I’m delighted that the genuine commitment of 20 Stories High and Unity to talent development - especially among underrepresented groups on a local level – is being recognised"

Julia Samuels, Co-Artistic Director, 20 Stories High: "Launch felt like a really powerful project. We had an inspiring group of 10 emerging artists from under-represented backgrounds in Liverpool on the pilot. It's been fantastic to see their skills, knowledge, confidence and connections grow - and so many of them now working regularly in the sector. We really appreciate the project being acknowledged in these awards."

Other nominees include Andy Dockerty (for Adlib), Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse (for their youth theatre) and St Vincent's School for sensory impairment. The winners will be announced on November 28, 2019 at a ceremony at the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Wirral. Read more about the awards in the Liverpool Echo, here

Becky Birtwistle

Becky is Unity Theatre's Communications Officer.  You can follow her on twitter at @beckybirtwistle