27 February 2018: 5:18 pm
Cultural impact prize for Merton
Merton Council scooped a £40,000 prize at the first London Borough of Culture awards this morning, after missing out on the top accolade.
The council joined five other boroughs – Barking and Dagenham, Camden Kingston, Lambeth and Lewisham – in receiving a Mayor's Cultural Impact Award for artistic and cultural projects in their respective boroughs.
Merton’s bid involved bringing seasons of short films, curated by the community and guest curators, to pop-up cinemas across the whole borough.
John Merriman, chair of Merton’s London Borough of Culture bid, said: "We are incredibly proud of the collaborative way in which the bid was pulled together.
"It was very much 'the people’s bid'.
The way it brought together the strength of Merton’s creative industries, its sporting heritage and its huge multifaceted artistic talent from the length and breadth of the borough made this bid a remarkable and a worthy winner for funding."
Waltham Forest and Brent won the 2019 and 2020 borough of culture titles respectively, each receiving £1.35 million to fund arts and culture programmes in their boroughs.