Hearts for the Arts Awards

Michelle Walker

Southwark London Borough Council


Best Arts Champion - Local Authority or Cultural Trust Worker 2022

Michelle Walker

What our judges said:


Just wow! I wish every borough could have a Michelle! A brilliantly effective advocate for the arts, it now appears that every possible stakeholder in Southwark is aware of the amazing power of the arts to help heal divides, improve wellbeing and drive regeneration. Her leadership of Southwark Council’s ‘Southwark Stands Together’ campaign is testament to not just her commitment to serving her community, and ability to do so, but also the respect in which she is held by so many community leaders.


Michelle’s talents and passion is so very clear, demonstrating not only how she is valued by those she works with but also the noticeable impact she has had on the community. She has an obvious drive for equality and diversity in the arts and Southwark, and an emphasis on the broader impact that art and culture can have to the public. Michelle has a very impressive record and should be proud of her achievements.


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