Top image:  Writer and broadcaster Stuart Maconie (presenting), with Art Gene’s board members Matt Sanderson, Dr. Nick Owen MBE and Kate Davis, who were with Maddi Nicholson to accept the award.
Photo by Will Sanderson


Art Gene awarded the Community Arts Award in the 2017 Cumbria Life Culture Award.

We are delighted to announce that the judges have selected Art Gene as winner of the Cumbria Life Culture Awards – Community Arts Award 2017.


The nomination for the Community Arts Award is for an individual or organisation’s innovative and creative contributions and/or exemplary commitment to their community through learning and outreach activities or partnership schemes.


“Everyone connected with Art Gene is delighted. Winning the award has meant that the judges recognised Art Gene’s innovative creative contributions & our commitment to communities across the region.  

We would especially like to thank our investors, partners, and supporters who made this award possible in particular: Arts Council England, Barrow Borough Couincil, Coastal Communities Fund, Cumbria County Council, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Heritage Lottery Fund, Morecambe Bay Partnership, Natural England, Sir John Fisher Foundation, Sustrans and WREN.

But most of all we would like to thank the 1,500 plus people supporting us in events from Sunderland point, the southern tip of Morecambe Bay right up to Workington and its suburbs at the northern borders of west Cumbria, as well as the 6,000 plus people who engage regularly with us through our website, e- newsletters and social media.”

 Art Gene Trustee, Dr Nick Owen MBE, 2017

The awards presentation took place on Friday February 3rd at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick. Hosted by presenter and writer Stuart Maconie and featured performances from saxophonist Jess Gillam of Ulverston and folk legend Maddy Prior.  A special Mary Burkett Award, for outstanding contribution to the arts in Cumbria, went to John Fox and Sue Gill, who founded Welfare State International in Ulverston. The 2017 Cumbria Life Culture Awards are sponsored by University of Cumbria and Lakes Culture, and supported by Arts Council England.

Image below:  Trustees Dr Nick Owen MBE, Kate Davis and Matt Sanderson, with Artist Founder Director Maddi Nicholson holding the plaque.
Photo: Danny Fowler for Cumbria Life Magazine