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Together & Apart Shortlisted for 2022 Hearts For Arts Awards

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Together & Apart Exhibition Shortlisted for 2022 Hearts For Arts Awards

We’re thrilled to announce that Wakefield Council has been nominated for Best Arts Project for Together and Apart – an exhibition of work by local artists and arts organisations awarded emergency support grants from the Council in 2020 in order for them to explore their creative responses to the impact of the pandemic, and to support Wakefield’s creative sector.

The awards celebrate the unsung heroes of Local Authorities who are championing the arts against all odds. This year’s winners will be selected from the shortlist by a judging panel of key arts industry experts and practitioners, including:

Andy Dawson, Inspire Youth Arts, winner of the 2021 HFTA award for Best Arts Champion – Local Authority or Cultural Trust Worker

Krishnan Guru-Murthy, journalist and presenter of Channel 4 News

Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason, author, speaker and supporter of music education

Shaparak Khorsandi, stand up comedian, writer, all round delight

Anna Lapwood, organist, conductor and broadcaster

Deborah Meaden, businesswoman and TV Dragon

Jack Thorne, screenwriter and playwright

Samuel West, actor and director, NCA Trustee

Discussing the Wakefield’s nomination, Hearts for the Arts Award partners said about Together & Apart:

“A project borne out of the pandemic which forged new relationships between local creatives and the council, which is always something to be celebrated. A large number of people were involved, adding to a sense of community cohesion following a very isolating time. We’d like to thank Wakefield Council for offering emergency grants to creatives at an extremely financially challenging time.

A really positive project raising attainment and reengaging young people made especially vulnerable by the pandemic. The range of partnerships formed and the way in which the project adapted to changing circumstances under lockdown is particularly impressive.

It’s really heartwarming to hear how music and creativity has been made available to those who might not otherwise ever interact with it in this way, as well as opening the door for them to engage with the community facilities such as the library. Well done!”

Congratulations to everyone involved in Together & Apart, who all played a role in making the exhibition so special. Featuring work from: 2Sure Threads, Ali Bullivent, Bev Adams, CAPA College, CoActive Arts, Eastmoor Community Project, foh-toh, Merrie Collective, One to One Development Trust, Phoetry, Rachel List, Rhubarb Design House, Seanna Doonan, Social-i-Sing, Spectrum People, Stride Theatre and Tony Wade. Curated by Jamie Taylor, with assistance from Niamh Donnelly. The exhibition was designed and built by Nelson & Woodward. Film documentation by Studio Bokehgo

The winners of the Hearts for the Arts Awards 2022 will be announced on Valentine’s Day, 14th February 2022.

Click here for more information about the awards and other shortlisted nominees.