The local Artz Centre, situated in Birch Green have just celebrated their 6th Annual Awards Night, in a star-studded event held at the DW Stadium. The evening saw some of the town’s most creative young people being recognised for their talents and achievements of 2017, across a variety of “Oscar Style” Award categories. From “Best Newcomer”, to “Best Performance”, “Musical Achievement” and to conclude the night, the much revered prize for “Artz Student of the Year”. An accolade which, this year, was awarded to a very well deserving Joe Howard (Senior Artz Student of the Year) and Abi Meadows (Junior Artz Student of the Year).
The night was a roaring success, with over 120 Artz Academy students in attendance, accompanied by their extremely proud parents, guardians and families. The event was also graced by two guest speakers, former Royal Marine Brigadier and Deputy Task Force Manager for the Ministry of Defence, Ian Huntley OBE and Mayor of West Lancashire, Councillor Neil Furey.
In an emotive speech, Ian Huntley spoke highly of the positive attitudes of the young people attending the Centre, commenting on the youngster’s commitment to their “Artz Values”; to Aim High, Work Hard, Take Pride, Respect and Be Themselves. Of the event, Brigadier Huntley thanked the Artz Centre for his invitation, and commented that:
“I left reminded that the world is full of good people who, with a bit of guidance and leadership, can be truly remarkable”
The Mayor of West Lancashire, also extended his thanks to the Artz Centre, congratulating the team and young people on the success of the evening, stating
“I had a great time celebrating your fantastic work, 2018 looks like another busy year!”
The Awards Night also offered an exciting insight into what is to come for the Artz Centre, its team, and its students in an already jam-packed 2018. The arts-based C.I.C already have 16 productions set for 2018, planned across their 4 Artz Academies, alongside the launch of an exciting new “Artz Education” project; which will offer students the opportunity to work towards RSL and LAMDA official graded examinations in Musical Theatre and the Performing Arts. Further to this, the Artz Centre has recently established a new partnership with local West Lancs College, to deliver a brand new “Artz for Adults” group, set to start in March.
Director of The Artz Centre Mark Ashton had this to say:
“The evening was a great of example of what can be achieved if we continue to ‘Aim High’, we are now entering our fourth year and the centre continues to go from strength to strength. I would like to pay tribute to the amazing team of professionals and volunteers that continue to make these opportunities possible. We have an exciting year ahead which everyone is very much looking forward to. As ‘the arts’ continues to suffer in many other areas due to a lack of funding and innovation, the Skelmersdale arts scene continues to flourish and for that we are very proud”