We were delighted to be finalists in the 2018 Living Waterways Awards and to be awarded a commendation. It’s a thoroughly rigorous process with a team of assessors visiting projects all over the country. They first came to see the show at the London Canal Museum at the start of the tour last year with the final discussion taking place as a phone conference earlier this summer (in Kate’s case from a service station car park on the M6!).
Thursday, Sep 20th, was a truly dreadful night to be out and about – we all arrived at the ICC for the gala evening and presentations rather soggy and very windblown but the atmosphere was full of good cheer and we all dried out eventually. The evening was hosted by always entertaining poet Ian McMillan. Each category was introduced with the short films made by Huckelberry Films who did an amazing job of capturing the gist of each project. Here is ours…
It was great to meet many of the other finalists, in particular the idle women arts project in Lancashire. We visited their new project, the physic garden in Burnley, after our show in Bolton last week. We had our own private little awarding and presented Rachel and Cis with IW National Service badges. They were proper chuffed and it was great to have the spirit of the women represented in two of the final projects. They were runners up in their group with their great engagement work with women in Burnley and Blackburn. You can see the short film about their work here.
We also teamed up with them for the final photo, so here we all our with our respective awards: