An arts project which aims to improve participation and accessibility has received a prestigious award.

Spectrum Cultural Hub has received the High Sheriff of the County Palatine of Durham award in recognition of the work it does in communities throughout County Durham.

Founder and CEO of Spectrum Cultural Hub, Phil Barker, along with members of the group and some beneficiaries of the projects, were presented with their award from High Sheriff of Durham, Caroline Peacock.

Phil said: “Receiving this award is a tremendous honour for everyone associated with Spectrum Cultural Hub, and is certainly a team effort.

“Our aim is to make art more accessible to everyone, and at the same time providing a platform for local artists to showcase their work, and clearly this award shows we’re achieving that.”