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St.Helens Council’s Cultural Hubs has been crowned the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded arts programme in The National Lottery Awards.
The arts in libraries programme had beaten off stiff competition from over 600 other projects within the Arts category to reach the finals, where it received the most public votes.
The achievement and national recognition comes with a prize of £3,000 to boost Cultural Hubs’ diverse programme of arts based performances, plays, gigs, workshops, courses and exhibitions, enabling more emerging and established artists and performers to showcase their talent and creativity in St Helens.
The Cultural Hubs team were presented with a National Lottery Awards trophy and attended a glittering awards ceremony in London, which was broadcast on BBC One in September. Watch Cultural Hubs on National Lottery Stars 2016.
Councillor Jeanie Bell, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, with responsibility for libraries, arts and culture, said:
“We're extremely honoured and proud that our Cultural Hubs – Arts in Libraries programme has received so much support in the National Lottery Awards from the borough and beyond. Over the past couple of years, Lottery money distributed through Arts Council England's Grants for the Arts (Libraries) fund has really helped us to provide a varied programme of brilliant cultural activities across our library network.
“St Helens is a shining example of how the arts can be used to enliven library spaces. I’d like to thank everyone who helped us win by promoting and voting for our nomination, and the library and arts services for their dedication and passion."
Cultural Hubs is a programme of arts in St Helens Libraries featuring theatre, dance, gigs, poetry readings, workshops, exhibitions and films.
Working across the network of 13 libraries in the borough, we offer something for all ages.
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Cultural Hubs is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
A programme of creative leisure activity for those experiencing mild to moderate depression, stress or anxiety.
The Creative Alternatives workshops take place in St Helens Libraries as part of Cultural Hubs. Find out more by visiting the Creative Alternatives website.
Creative Alternatives is funded by St Helens Council's Public Health Department.
Arts Award's unique qualifications support young people to develop as artists and arts leaders. The programme develops creativity, leadership and communication skills. Arts Award is open to anyone aged up to 25, and embraces all interests and backgrounds. Through Arts Award young people learn to work independently, helping them to prepare for further education and employment.
Offered as part of the Cultural Hubs programme, trained Arts Award advisers based across St Helens network of libraries can guide and support young people in gaining arts experiences towards these nationally recognised awards.
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