In Place of War’s co-director Ruth Daniel was one of the finalists in The Entrepreneur of the Year category of the Made in Manchester Awards held at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate Hotel on February 4th. The prestigious awards dinner, attended by over 500 people from the northwest, celebrates the best of Manchester’s young talent in the financial and professional sectors during 2015.
In Place of War (IPOW) is a multi award-winning University of Manchester initiative which helps to build powerful networks, create social change through creativity and demonstrate the value of the arts to public space, public life and public debate. For ten years the project has been helping to mobilise, empower and connect artists and creative communities in sites of war, revolution and conflict.
Ruth Daniel comments: “I am delighted to even have been considered for this award. I am proud to be from the City of Manchester, where I believe people do things differently. I have always followed my ambitions to make a positive change in the world for my work. Being recognised as a finalist in the entrepreneur of the year category with seven other strong entries, is an incredible achievement for me and for the In Place of War team. Getting this sort of recognition validates the work.”
Our work is about giving isolated artists a wider platform to tell their stories of war and help empower communities through creative practise. Turning our research into practise we have developed a range of innovative alternative educational tools, and raised funds to help create new cultural spaces in some of the world’s most challenging places.”
During the past year, IPOW won the Outstanding Aspiring Social Enterprise of the Year category, at the Making a Difference Awards from the University’s Office of Social Responsibility and was also runner-up in The Guardian University Awards for its international work. The project was also awarded a £5000 Do It Award and a further £10000 Scale and Growth Award from UMIP’s Social Enterprise initiative in partnership with UnLtd which was used to help develop the business model.
IPOW has also developed a ground-breaking creative entrepreneurial programme certified by the University and delivered for free to local young people in communities in some of the most under-resourced parts of the world. In these communities with little access to education, offering a free creative entrepreneurial programme with the certification of the University would provide transformative opportunities for up to 5,000 young people in each community every year.
Visit the In Place of War website for more details about the project http://www.inplaceofwar.net/
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