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Imagineer win £500,000 London 2010 Cultural Olympiad Commission

  • Date: 22 October 2009
  • Area: Midlands

Arts Council England and London 2012 announced today that Imagineer have been selected as the West Midlands winner of a £500,000 commission for Artists taking the lead, one of the major projects for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Godiva Awakes was selected by an independent panel of artists and producers from the five projects shortlisted in August from a total of 133 regional entries. The project was chosen because it is a genuinely artist led project which is great in scale and ambition and reflects the values of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics.

Godiva Awakes is one of 12 commissions that will be realised across the UK over the next three years, each inspired by their location and celebrating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. There is one commission for each of the nine English regions and the nations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. 

Kathi Leahy Director of Imagineer Productions said "We are honoured and excited to be chosen to represent the West Midlands region at the Olympic and Paralympic Games and to be able to give thousands of people the opportunity to be part of the greatest celebration of humanity."

Ros Robins, Director of Arts, Arts Council England, West Midlands said:

"Imagineer's Godiva Awakes is an extraordinary project that will take everyday threads of life in the West Midlands and link them in to London 2012. Active involvement in this project by people across the West Midlands, including many children and young people, will give a different perspective to the Olympic and Paralympic games." 

London 2012 Chairman Sebastian Coe said: "The winning commissions will be the catalyst for a truly national showcase of culture inspired by the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. Each project will explore the nation and region's creativity as part of a UK-wide celebration of London 2012."

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