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Whitworth makes Lever Prize shortlist

17 Aug 2010

The University of Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery has been nominated for the 2011 Lever Prize for the second year in a row.

The Whitworth Art Gallery
The Whitworth Art Gallery

The gallery will compete with four of the Northwest’s most outstanding arts organisations for a £10,000 cash prize and a year long collaboration with business leaders  in the North West.

The Lever Prize is judged by the North West Business Leadership Team (NWBLT), comprising of 28 of the region's largest companies, in partnership with Arts and Business North.

The other shortlisted entries are Band on the Wall, Tatton Park Biennial and The Lowry.

Director of the Whitworth Art Gallery Maria Balshaw said:“As a runner-up in 2010, we are delighted to once again be shortlisted for the Lever Prize.

“The prize offers enormous potential to work with local businesses and the talented, driven individuals that run them”.

Buildings, events, festivals, libraries and archives are all eligible for the award  and previous winners include Liverpool Biennial in 2006, Manchester International Festival in 2007, Tate Liverpool in 2008 and the National Football Museum in 2009.

The 2010 holder is Future Everything and the 2011 winner will be announced at an event in Manchester in March.

Geoffrey Piper, Chief Executive of NWBLT, said: “The calibre of the entries for the 2011 Lever Prize has been of an exceptionally high standard.

“The four shortlisted organisations have been invited to present to a panel of judges comprising members of the NWBLT and representatives from Arts and Business North along with a past winner of the Lever.

“The mission of the Lever Prize is to highlight the North West as being a bright, contemporary place for art and culture to develop and we believe that that can be achieved best through collaboration with business.”

Notes for editors

For media enquries contact:

Mike Addelman
Media Relations
Faculty of Humanities
The University of Manchester
0161 275 0790
07717 881567