Now entering its eleventh year, the Lever Prize is judged by the North West Business Leadership Team (NWBLT) in partnership with Arts & Business. The prize includes £10,000 cash and the opportunity of collaborating with some of the region’s most influential business leaders.

The Lever Prize is an annual award given to arts organisations in North West England who are judged to be regionally distinctive with international or potentially international significance, and who show a high calibre existing work and can demonstrate exciting future developments.

The collaboration between Museum of Science and Industry and FACT will have an educational focus, and provide both formal and informal learning opportunities for young people, exploring physical and digital making, and the interaction between arts and science.

The project will build on FACT’s existing work with Minecraft that has been carried out in FACTLab, FACT’s workshop space for Research & Innovation. FACTLab was launched in June 2015 in partnership with Liverpool School of Art and Design at Liverpool John Moores University, and invites visitors to try out new technologies and work with artists and creative technologist. New Minecraft content will be developed and tailored to Museum of Science and Industry, its objects, artefacts and themes, and integrated into Museum of Science and Industry’s events and schools programmes in order to access new audiences and partners.

Previous winners of the Lever include Liverpool Biennial in 2006, Manchester International Festival in 2007, TATE Liverpool in 2008, The National Football Museum in 2009, FutureEverything in 2010, The Whitworth 2011, DaDaFest in 2012, Hallé St Peter’s in 2013, Contact in 2014 and Manchester Museum in 2015.

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