Barnsley Council shortlisted For Hearts for The Arts Awards 2021

4th February 2021

We are delighted to share the fantastic news that Barnsley Council has been nominated for the National Campaign for the Arts’ (NCA), Hearts for The Arts Awards 2021, Best Arts Project for Barnsley Museums: Families in Lockdown. A programme of physical and digital activities designed to hit the needs of families with children of all ages across the borough during the months of lockdown. The awards celebrate the unsung heroes of Local Authorities who are championing the arts against all odds.

Summer staycation club

This year’s winners will be selected from the shortlist by a judging panel of key arts industry experts and practitioners, including:

Le Gateau Chocolat, Drag artiste and cabaret performer

Paul Hartnoll, musician, composer, founder member of Orbital

Adrian Lester CBE, actor and director

Petra Roberts, Cultural Development Manager, Hackney Council

Samuel West, actor, director, Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts

Nominations were received from across the UK for each of the three award categories: Best Arts Project; Best Arts Champion – Local Authority or Cultural Trust Worker; and Best Arts Champion – Councillor.

Families in lockdown

The Families in Lockdown programme created resources, activities and stories so families could continue to share the brilliant museums of Barnsley and all the treasures inside, even when you couldn’t come to visit in person. Some of the activities included: Barnsley Backyard Club, Wow Wednesdays, Get creative with the family! Summer Staycation Club and The Mystery of the Whirly Gig.


Discussing Barnsley’s nomination, the Hearts for the Arts Award partners said about Barnsley Museums: Families in Lockdown:

“An incredible range of activities providing inspiration for children and families during the pandemic. It was great to hear about children being involved as creators as well as recipients of the project. And it is especially notable that digital poverty was recognised and catered for. It is heartening to hear that Barnsley Council has recognised the outstanding work the Museum Service is doing and provided financial support. A huge amount of time and effort has gone into this project and it shows. Congratulations!”

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place (Regeneration and Culture) said:

“Many families around the borough and beyond really value the Barnsley Museums family learning programme. Even though the doors to the museum were closed, the team desperately wanted to reach people with ideas for creative play and learning when it was needed most. We hope the project offered up some inspiration and brought some enjoyment during difficult times and we are extremely grateful that it has been recognised in this way.”

The winners of the Hearts for the Arts Awards 2021 will be announced on Valentine’s Day, 14th February.

Barnsley Council shortlisted For Hearts for The Arts Awards 2021