"We are delighted to report that again the calibre of entries was extremely high and we were pleased to have received applications from all across the region.
"The judging for the Lever Prize takes place next month when the shortlisted candidates will present to a panel of NWBLT members and a representative of Arts and Business and, as ever, it will be a hard decision choosing a winner!”
Geoffrey Piper, chief executive of NWBLT.
Four cultural organisations from across the North West have been shortlisted for the prestigious Lever Prize 2016.
Manchester, Liverpool and Cumbria all feature in the shortlist for the prize, which is run by the North West Business Leadership Team (NWBLT) and is now in its 11th year.
The winner receives a £10,000 cash award and the opportunity to develop working relationships with some of the North West’s most influential business leaders. The Lever Prize is awarded annually by NWBLT in partnership with Arts and Business.
The shortlisted organisations are:-
- FACT (Foundation for Arts and Creative Technology) - Liverpool
- Lakeland Arts - Cumbria
- Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Arts
- Museum of Science and Industry – Manchester
Previous Lever winners include Liverpool Biennial in 2006, Manchester International Festival in 2007, Tate Liverpool in 2008, the National Football Museum in 2009, Future Everything in 2010, Whitworth Art Gallery in 2011, Dada Fest in 2012, Hallé St Peter’s in 2013, Contact, Manchester in 2014 and the current holder of the prize is Manchester Museum.
The identity of the 2016 Winner will be announced at a presentation event early in the New Year.
The Lever Prize name was inspired by William H Lever (later Lord Leverhulme), the Bolton-born soap magnate famed for his grand-scale patronage of the arts.
In addition to the cash prize, each year’s winner also receives a trophy designed to reflect the “Seven Arcs”, a bridge which Lever commissioned at Rivington Gardens which always remained close to the heart of this great industrialist and founder of the business we now know as Unilever.
The bridge’s aesthetic qualities inspired the design for the trophy and symbolises the bridging of the arts and business communities, which the North West Business Leadership Team aims to establish through the Lever Prize.
Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal) 1697–1768 London: The Thames from Somerset House Terrace towards the City Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014