Wansbeck recognised by The Journal’s Culture Awards

Ian was delighted to read that Wansbeck constituency is well represented in nominations for The Journal’s Culture Awards 2016. A trio of nominations shows that culture in Wansbeck remains at the heart of our community.

In the Best Event: Northumberland category, Woodhorn Museum is nominated for the Weeping Willow exhibition. This event was the first time that the sculpture in memory of those who fought and died in the First World War was displayed outside of London.

Two collaborations between Woodhorn Museum and bait were jointly nominated in the North East Museum of the Year category. The Share explored the history of the Guidepost Social Club and ran from the 27th June to the 11th October 2015. The Ashington District Star exhibition displayed a photographic homage to one of the original Ashington Group paintings, by showing a chip shop in Ashington. Woodhorn Museum was home to an exhibition of photographs, and the project continues at http://ashingtonstar.wix.com/ashingtonstar.

Also nominated is Northumberland photographer Julian Germain for Visual Artist of the Year, for his role in the Ashington District Star and his Newborns project, which centred on newborn babies in Sunderland.  

A full list of nominations can be found at:


It’s been a wonderful year for the arts in Wansbeck, and the next twelve months are sure to be even better.