11 April 2017 12:49

Three community projects, supported by Lancaster University, may scoop a hat-trick for city-based theatre ‘The Dukes’ at the first ever North West Cultural Education Awards.

The Lancaster theatre’s Centre for Creative Learning is a finalist in three categories of the awards run by Curious Minds, an organisation dedicated to improving the lives of children and young people in the North West by connecting them with the very best arts, culture and creative learning opportunities.

The Dukes Cultural Partnership with Lancaster University is nominated for the Arts Partnership Award in recognition of their work to develop arts, education and learning in Lancaster and to invest in, enrich and sustain the city’s cultural life.

The Stepping Stones Comic Literacy Project, run by The Dukes with support from Lancaster University to benefit young people at a Pupil Referral Unit in Lancaster and Heysham High School, is a finalist in the Innovation and Leadership in Cultural Education category.

The Dukes could also scoop the Creative Career Champion of the Year award for its work, again supported by Lancaster University, in helping young people find routes into opportunities within the creative sector.

The North West Cultural Education Awards ceremony takes place in Preston on April 28 and is part of A Very Curious Affair, a wider event bringing together teachers, cultural organisations, artists and influencers from across the North West to celebrate their involvement in the Cultural Educational Challenge and recognise those working in the most creative and innovative ways.