Medway Council are once again looking to celebrate excellence in the arts, culture, design and heritage of Medway.

Created to recognise groups and individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the area’s cultural vitality, the awards aim to highlight the projects, people, businesses and organisations that contribute so much to the community.

Previous category winners include cultural and community space, Light Vessel 21, the Deaf Cat coffee shop art gallery and celebrated local milliner and artist, Zara Carpenter.

The nominations are open to anyone living in the Medway area, past or present, with three distinct categories. Click each link for the breakdown in each category.

Culture includes music, performing arts, fashion, visual arts, media, tourism, literature and, new for this year, food and drink. The aim here is to give recognition, rewarding excellence and promote the development of talented local individuals or groups.

Design includes heritage, open spaces, public realm and new build and recognises developments that have had a big impact on Medway’s landscape. Large or small, urban or rural, new or old – this category can involve commercial, community or residential developments, public space or a mixture of uses.

Special Achievement This award is for projects or individuals that have surpassed all expectations. It’s given at the judges’ discretion in recognition of putting Medway on the map through culture and design.

All entries are scored out of ten in six criteria, with those shortlisted then asked to send in work examples. The criteria, along with nomination forms, can be found on the council website here. The deadline for nominations is October 12th.