Marsh Award for Excellence in Visual Arts Engagement

This Award, run in partnership with Engage, annually celebrates the achievements of individuals working in learning and education within gallery or visual arts contexts who have shown innovation and dedication to their work.

Colleagues are invited to nominate deserving co-workers every summer. The Award is open to those working in both the UK and internationally and is to be spent on the professional development of the nominee.

Nominations are judged by a panel consisting of representatives of Engage, the MCT, and colleagues from the sector.

In 2019, an Award for Lifetime Achievement in Gallery Education was added to this Award scheme, to recognise the contributions of a colleague who is working, or has previously worked, in gallery education for a large portion of their career.

Sue Clive, José Rodrigues, Far Flung Dance Theatre, John Whall, Kristianne Drake, Louise Fraser and Laura Smith-Higgins 2023

Marsh Award for Lifetime Achievement in Visual Arts Engagement 

Sue Clive MBE 

Sue began her career as an Art and English teacher before moving into Gallery Education. In her teaching, she used images to stimulate creative writing and, after realising how much students gained from looking at art, she began to organise visits to museums and galleries. Following this, she became Head of Art at a grammar school where she hosted the first two Artists-in-Schools programmes in the Northwest. This is a programme that provides artist-run workshops in schools in line with the curriculum. Sue completed her Master’s Degree in art education at Manchester Polytechnic and focused her dissertation on ‘How Children Come Into Contact with Contemporary Art/Artists’, which led her to run workshops in galleries and set up and run education programmes. Sue was a founder member of Engage, whilst still working as a freelancer, and following her retirement, sat on Engage’s Advisory Council. Sue really enjoyed seeing people getting excited and interested in contemporary art.  

Marsh Award for International Excellence in Visual Arts Engagement 

José Rodrigues – Portugal  

José is the founder of Teatro Metaphora, a non-profit organization on a small Portuguese Island, Madeira, which struggles with socio-economic problems, lack of participation, and fewer opportunities. José´s dedication to community development has had a great impact on the island’s residents. He has been a police officer for 20 years, which is his paid job, but alongside this, he spends the rest of his time running the organisation, making hundreds of educational projects and promoting artistic-environmental activities to give opportunities for people, and strengthening the sense of inclusion, and sustainable development on the island. GREEN STEPS is his most well-known project which already received recognition from the local, national, and international levels. The project promotes upcycling to create art and raises awareness about sustainable development and social inclusion through art. People around José are empowered by what he is doing, he dreams big and encourages others to dream along with him and to work to turn those dreams into reality. He has a unique talent for engaging with people through art and creativity. 


Marsh Awards for Excellence is Visual Arts Engagement

Far Flung Dance Theatre – Clair Beckett and Sarah Farrow-Jones 

Clair and Sarah have been working with Far Flung Dance Theatre to create creative spaces for disabled people and communities in Plymouth’s art scene. They focus on accessible and friendly approaches to engaging with the city’s visual culture. Far Flung have collaborated with the city on supporting Plain Speaking Tours for British Art Show 9, The Travelling Museum of Communities, where they created a visual dance performance. They have supported PRIME design visual art and skate project with support in disability advocacy and ensure all wheeled communities are included in the work. Far Flung have supported Social Making 2022 with workshops, making stations and chill out spaces, lead on auditing all of their events. They have worked to commission and support city-wide festivals and events continuously like Respect, Plymouth Art Weekender. Their mix of performance and visual culture ensures that they are making art as accessible as possible to audiences. 

John Whall 

John has dedicated more than 15 years of his life to participatory arts. John joined Metro-Boulot-Dodo (MBD) in Leicester in 2021, and made an instant impact on their reach and engagement. His efforts focused on creating works using games engine technology. John has also worked on the Odyssey Project, which is a co-location Virtual Reality performance made with young people in residential care. The young people wrote and performed the show, as well as creating their own visual rooms. The project bought together MBD, Derby Theatre and young people in care. Since then, John has built a range of workshops that support young people in formal settings as well as holiday activities in MBD’s studio. John continues to find new ways to open up digital development skills to those who often do not have access to the tools or knowledge that MBD have in house. It is inspiring for participants, and it is inspiring for John to find new ways to connect and co-create. 

Kristianne Drake 

Kristianne works at John Hansard Gallery engaging young people who have offended through the Arts Awards. Kristianne has been an inspiration to others at the gallery and to the young people they have worked with. Kristianne has gone above and beyond to ensure that marginalised, often excluded young people receive the best creative learning experience. Kristianne has pushed forward programmes with young people at the Tate Exchange and programmes with Artswork that help to empower young people through creativity. Kristianne has supported other arts and helped to develop a free annual festival of music, literature and visual arts in Southampton. Kristianne also does a huge amount of work in the creative space for those with lived experience of Autism and who identify as LGBTQ+. 

Louise Fraser 

Louise has been a freelance neuro-diverse artist educator for over 18 years, and is also a secondary school art and design teacher. In her role as a freelance artist educator Louise has worked with many of Edinburgh’s Galleries and Museums. Louise has contributed to numerous Fruitmarket engagement projects since 2006 including Making Matters which is a three-year schools programme, Fresh Fruit a co-produced youth led programme and Making Memories that delivers creative reminiscence work with older people. Louise is currently working on further projects that include working with adults with visual impairments, and developing a new three-year schools programme. She is also an artist in residence with young people at the Edinburgh Royal Hospital for Children and Young People. Louise is aiming to undertake research to further deepen her knowledge and understanding of multi-sensory ways of working.  

Laura Smith-Higgins 

Laura joined the team at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre in 2020 and rose to the demands that pandemic created. Laura quickly worked to respond to the need for alternative and digital engagement for schools, focusing on the most vulnerable students to ensure they could still experience the visual arts. Laura has led the learning team to rebuild, rebrand and make their programmes stronger and more exciting than before, leading to an increase in the number of new visitors and participants, and a 196% increase in funding. Laura secured a mutually beneficial relationship with the local Primary School’s subject pioneer for Arts and Design, ensuring her work is directly linked with the local curriculum needs. Laura has developed a highly successful relationship with the Engineering University Technical College to encourage arts education and devise projects for the students to link directly with an artist from Germany to create their own exhibitions, using their own art, designs and engineering skills. Laura has enabled her team to further develop co-curation with learning disabled adults to ensure they are more involved in programmes and have access to mentorship.  

Previous Winners

Claire Ackroyd, Anarupa Roy, Zena Brackennbury, The Multi-Sensory Art Project, Nick Kidd, Gemma Smith, Louise Tolcher-Goldwyn and Sally Bourner

Marsh Award for Lifetime Achievement in Visual Arts Engagement 

  • Claire Ackroyd – Learning and Outreach Manager, Bradford District Museums and Galleries

Claire has revolutionised the way a generation of children and families in Bradford have been able to enjoy their local museums and galleries. She has worked in the sector for almost 40 years and has been instrumental in numerous projects and initiatives that have inspired, engaged and involved hundreds of thousands of children. Claire has always placed communities at the heart of her work and has championefd making the museums and galleries in Bradford as child friendly as possible by creating spaces which are co-designed with children and families. She has worked collaboratively with a range of colleagues and helped to set up the freelance team in the area, which draws from practicing artists in the region to ensure that arts experiences continue to run. Claire has also played a role in negotiating with local authorities to secure much needed funding. She has dedicated her career to initiating, supporting and championing arts education and the role that museums and galleries play in enriching the lives of children.

Marsh Award for International Excellence in Visual Arts Engagement 

  • Anarupa Roy – Manager/Founder, Katktha Puppet Arts, India

Anarupa has directed over 15 puppet shows for children and adults that have toured across Europe, Japan and South Asia. A major aspect of her work is using puppets for psychosocial interventions in areas of conflict and to raise awareness about HIV and gender issues in some countries. She uses visual aids and performances to work across tribal divides in war zones which supports affected children to speak about their experiences and create calls to action to stop the violence. Anarupa has also used visual interventions such as mask making to investigate archetypes of power, status and cycles of violence. She has been working tirelessly in areas where government funding for the arts is non-existent and in spaces where art is very undervalued. Anarupa is the coal face of what good engagement with creativity and visual mediums can do and this Award will help to legitimise and raise the profile of her work.

 Marsh Awards for Excellence in Visual Arts Engagement 

  • Zena Brackenbury – Volunteer, Wysing Arts Centre

Zena joined Wysing as a volunteer in 2011 and her long-standing commitment and contributions have allowed creative arts activities to make a positive difference to the lives of young people. She has never missed a commitment to supporting arts activities, even when the circumstances have been challenging, and she is open and adaptable to working with different members of staff. Zena’s reliable support has allowed staff to explore a range of creative arts activities and she has been willing to get involved no matter how unconventional the activity may seem. She has gone above and beyond in advocating for the work of young people and the important part that creative arts activities can play in their wellbeing.

  • The Multi-Sensory Art Project, Roche Court Educational Trust

This project, run by three freelance artists, provides immersive, interactive experiences of art for children and young people with profound and multiple learning difficulties. The project has delivered creative opportunities to those who would otherwise be unable to access modern and contemporary sculpture. The project’s innovative approach to sensory learning has resulted in unique experiences for participants, allowing them to discover art by feeling, smelling, hearing and even ‘becoming’ the sculptures through the use of props and costumes. The project is continually developing, delivering a trip to the woods and creating a bank of digital resources for visitors to ensure that the sculptures at Roche Court are accessible to all.

  • Nick Kidd – Participation Producer, Crafts Council

Nick leads on work with families and communities at the Crafts Council gallery which reopened after 15 years of closure in 2021. He has built a diverse network of facilitators who deliver innovative, open-ended and playful workshops with family audiences, including the Saturday Craft Club which is extremely well-attended. Nick has built strong relationships with priority audiences in the community, particularly those who would not usually engage with arts activities. He has also challenged the lack of representation for LGBTQ+ people in Craft Council’s work, leading on a consultation and running workshops to raise awareness of this issue. Nick has the potential to be a change maker in gallery learning and participation and does everything he can to ensure that all his participants feel at home.

  • Gemma Smith – Head of Creative Education, Take A Part

Gemma has been a pioneer for engagement in visual arts in her community since she joined Take A Part in 2009. She initiated Crazy Glue, an after school arts club, which gives vulnerable children the chance to experience art where they may not usually get to do so. Gemma also contributed establishing Magic House, a project which encourages children to learn to film, edit and tell their own community and cultural stories while supporting education in these mediums. She also runs a multi-school teacher and artist in residence programme in the area to test teaching approaches for the arts to ensure that children receive a well-rounded arts education. Gemma is a champion of non-gallery based arts engagement and her work is a model for other colleagues in the sector.

  • Louise Tolcher-Goldwyn – Senior Education Officer, Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre

Louise has worked in arts education for over 26 years and has a passion for generating creative ideas, improving wellbeing through the arts and encouraging creativity for all. Throughout her career she has delivered projects to support the enthusiasm and potential of young people in the arts, particularly those who would not usually have the opportunity to engage in the arts. She mentors graduates, encourages young people to pursue careers in the arts and is the creative and pastoral lead for the Youth Advisory Panel at Llantarnam Grange. Louise is a passionate advocate for arts and health projects, instigating a weekly art class for young people living with dementia and working with patients on mental health wards to name but a few. She recognised during the pandemic that the arts should be offered as a vehicle to improve mental health and wellbeing and worked hard to maintain a programme of activities. Louise is now investigating the effectiveness of the arts in recovery from long Covid and is consistently developing the arts opportunities in her local area.

  • Sally Bourner – Project and Engagement Coordinator, Fabrica

Sally has been involved with Fabrica for over 6 years delivering high quality engagement activities with targeted audiences. She developed a specialist project, Woven by Us, which uses textiles to deliver support for older people experiencing loneliness and low mental health. In response to the pandemic, Sally went above and beyond to continue delivering high-quality support to her participants, keeping in regular contact with them and encouraging them to focus on creative activities rather than health or functionary concerns. She designed bespoke creative packs for them, with sensory materials and accessible tools, which were delivered to them directly. Sally is still in the early stages of her career and is open to learning as much as possible to develop her skills and knowledge.

Lindsey Fryer, Andrew Atchison, Anna Aroussi, Hannah Gaunt, Rubbiah Ullah, Susan Damali Ibreck, Ticky Lowe, Naseem Darbey and Gemma Hobbs

Marsh Award for Excellence In Gallery Education – Lifetime Achievement Award
Lindsey Fryer is the Head of Learning at Tate Liverpool. She has been the Vice Chair of Engage as well as contributing to the development at Tate Liverpool. She has worked to improve the professional status of gallery educators internationally and works with audiences to focus of mental health and wellbeing.

Marsh Award for Excellence in Gallery Education – International
Andrew Atchison is a practicing artist and Artist Educator at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne, Australia where he in an integral part of the Education Team. He embraces the challenges of communicating complex ideas to students, and has travelled to deliver in-school programs like ‘Talk Think Public Art’.

Marsh Awards for Excellence in Gallery Education
Anna Aroussi– Anna is an Engagement Officer at Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Devon. She has played an invaluable role in developing and delivering the ‘Creative Cabin’, a mobile creative space taking nature and culture of tour through the local area. She also developed strong partnerships with TATE, local AONB’s, Devon Recovery Learning Community and East Devon District Council frontline service team to design activities for those in need.

Hannah Gaunt – Hannah is a Learning and Engagement manager at the Turnpike in Leigh and has been working in cultural learning and engagement for the past 10 years. She supports talent and sparks innovation by seeking out opportunities and developing programs for young people.

Rbbiah Ullah – Rubbia is an Education Officer at the Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool where she works with diverse groups to instil confidence in her collaborators. She is Learning and Interpretation Assistant at Quarry Bank Mill heritage site where she devised and delivers tours for visitors and school programmes.

Susan Damali Ibreck – Susan is the Creative Learning Manager at the Institute of International Visual Arts, dedicated to the development of artists of colour to represent the importance of diversity and representation. Susan is excellent in creative solutions and impactful delivery in schools and with families during the Covid-19 restrictions.

Ticky Lowe – Ticky is a freelance artist at Making Sense CIC where she enables all walks of life and age groups to engage with visual arts and multi-sensory approaches to workshops, events and training. She became the project manager for Access to Heritage to open doors for people with learning difficulties.

Naseem Darbey and Gemma Hobbs – Naseem and Gemma volunteer at Keighley Creative in Leeds which provides innovative and visual arts projects and activities for local communities. They have transformed and regenerated an abandoned retail building into a dynamic creative space that is welcoming for the community.


The Awards Presentation is available to watch on Engage’s website:

Carol Dunbar, Rachel Dunlop, Renee Odjidja, Komal Khetia, Jack James, Wendy Dawes, Marina Tsekou

Carol Dunbar – Carol is Learning and Engagement Programme Manager at The Pier Arts Centre in Orkney. She has over 30 years’ experience in the sector and has worked at The Pier Arts Centre for over 14 years, where she has made a valuable and significant contribution to their work. She has created new resources, projects, collaborations and learning programmes and has introduced a number of innovative projects in the community.

Rachel Dunlop – Rachel is Participation Manager at Peak, an arts organisation in the Black Mountains in Wales. She has worked closely with young people at the gallery to bring together contemporary artistic practice and community participation together in this rural location. She ensures that young people have a voice in the gallery, and works on the delivery of a visual arts project which supports creative career pathways.

Renee Odjidja – Renee is Curator of Youth Programmes at the Whitechapel Gallery. Her collaborative approach to working with young people has radically changed the perception of what a Youth Programme can be within an arts organisation. She has worked with people outside formal education to give them the opportunity to engage with contemporary art, artists and creative professionals.

Komal Khetia – Komal is Programme Producer for Young Audiences and Families at The Design Museum. She has created a dynamic programme for the museum, created long-term relationships between the museum and the programme’s participants, and a welcoming and vibrant space to learn about design. She has been at the museum for over 15 years and quietly growing the quality of their learning programmes.

Jack James – Jack is Residents’ Programme Manager at the South London Gallery where he leads an exemplary programme of community-embedded activity across the four estates neighbouring the Gallery. He has built lasting relationships with children, residents and key local partners which has helped to enrich and extend the programme beyond expectations.

Wendy Dawes (B.E.M.) – Wendy is the facilitator of the Sensing Culture programme at the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge in Canterbury. The programme is offered to those with varying degrees of visual impairments and aims to improve their experience at the gallery, and their experiences of art in general. Wendy has been running the programme for 4 years and goes above and beyond in her role, even picking up members of the group who would otherwise be unable to attend.

Marina Tsekou – Marina is Education Curator at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens. She has been creating opportunities for cultural development and participation at the museum, through tours and educational programmes, for over 19 years. She works with a range of diverse groups and aims to create equal opportunities for access to art and culture for all.

Hannah Pillai, Taneesha Ahmed, Jude Wood, Grace Todd, Bethany Mitchell and Marco Peri

Hannah Pillai

Hannah shows dedication and commitment to the Learning Team every day. She has single-handedly developed the Young Ambassador programme at the Attenborough Arts Centre, recruiting young people from across the city and providing them with high quality arts experiences. The Ambassadors have curated two exhibitions, hosted movie nights, taken trips to other venues and assisted with launch nights. Hannah has built great relationships with the young people and their parents and is committed to making the group as inclusive as possible. She goes above and beyond for the Learning Team and leads countless school tours, tailoring each one to the group and ensuring that they get the best possible experience.

Taneesha Ahmed

The Tetley is a thriving cultural venue that engages audiences on its doorstep through animated programmes of participatory activity, and since starting in January, Taneesha has focussed on making the programmes more inclusive. She has been successful in engaging practitioners from less formal backgrounds to take up free training and development which had previously been popular amongst graduating arts students. Taneesha has also developed a project to make a collaborative film with schools in Leeds and Pakistan to imagine libraries of the future. Her creativity, sensitivity and commitment is clear in all the work she does, and she is an advocate for encouraging young people to develop their creativity no matter what barriers they face economically.

Jude Wood

Jude has created a special project to engage young parents and their children in the visual arts in the hard to reach localities of upper Denbigh and Rhyl. She worked with Family Link Officers to identify the families who are involved and used arts of various mediums to introduce pre-school children to different creative experiences. The project encouraged team work, confidence building, and problem solving and helped bond the parents and children as the children transitioned into primary school. Jude showed patience, understanding, humour and dedication in making sure that those on the edges of society have the opportunity to participate in visual arts activity and gain all the positive outcomes that come with it.

Grace Todd

Throughout her career, Grace has worked intensely with community groups to improve economic, physical and social well-being through learning programmes at the National Museum, Cardiff. Her dedication has been epitomised through her work with homeless charity, the Wallich, to deliver an exhibition of contemporary art called ‘Who Decides’. Service users worked on every aspect of the exhibition, have become advocates for contemporary art and have grown in confidence. Members of the group now volunteer at the Museum and mentor new volunteers which has helped them learn transferable skills which can lead to employment opportunities. Through this programme, Grace has created institutional change, which is now creating a wider impact on the sector as she actively shares her learning and experience with others.

Bethany Mitchell

Bethany works as an artist, educator, coordinator and manager and joined the team at the MK Gallery in 2015 bringing a wealth of enthusiasm and expert knowledge. Her innovative thinking has influenced many programmes at the Gallery and her ability to bridge all kinds of social gaps between artists and audiences makes her a highly valued member of the team. In 2018, Bethany became Curator of Inclusion at the Gallery and launched a new Family Programme for audiences with complex needs, which breaks down barriers to people connecting with visual arts.

Marco Peri

Marco is an art historian, museum educator and researcher. He works in a freelance capacity to train art professionals on how to create a better connection between the public and museum and art collections. He designs and delivers resources such as performative guided tours and the involvement of imaginative resources. Marco has worked in collaboration with a number of institutions including the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome, Palazzo Grassi in Venice and innovAction Cult in Milan.


Molly Bretton, Juliette Buss, Litza Juhasz, Gina Mollett and Holly Rumble

Molly Bretton

Molly joined the Royal Academy in 2012 and since has increased the number of activities that the gallery offers for disabled people and those facing barriers to participation. She has introduced workshops for families with SEN children, a conference for those who work with SEN children, evenings for disabled artists to present their work and workshops for people with dementia. Molly has expanded and refined the Access and Communities programme at the Royal Academy so that it now focuses on creating a community of people who are engaged with art.

Juliette Buss

Juliette has over 20 years’ experience of working in arts and heritage education and is currently Learning and Engagement Curator of Photoworks in Brighton. She has recently introduced a Continuing Professional Development programme for teachers and has attracted over 315,000 visitors to the gallery with the Brighton Photo Biennial programme, 40% of which focused on children and young people. Juliette was also heavily involved in working with LGBTQ+ communities to build a contemporary peer youth archive.

Litza Juhasz

Litza has studied and worked in galleries all around the world, most recently creating pioneering and innovative programmes at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, including creating an ABC book for the Museum’s collection to be used as a resource for art education. She was the lead on introducing The Big Draw campaign to Hungary and encouraged 120 museums across the country to take part. Litza also introduces the programme DepARTures, a framework for language teaching based on art which interrogates contemporary issues and encourages young people to express their ideas in a safe environment.

Gina Mollett

Gina has, through the Youth Panel, worked with a number of galleries over the past two years including Nottingham Contemporary, New Walk Museum and Art Gallery and the National Justice Museum. She has produced collaborative projects in gallery and community settings which showcase her interest in art, education and human rights. Gina’s institutional impact has gone beyond what is expected of her role to influencing the strategic thinking of organisations around learning, allowing new audiences to engage in gallery spaces.

Holly Rumble

Holly joined the Tramway Gallery in Glasgow two years ago to support the learning programme during the 2015 Turner Prize. Since then in her role as Artist and Public Engagement Coordinator, she has developed the TRYOUT programme as a legacy, giving the local community the opportunity to experience contemporary art in free drop-in sessions. Holly has previously worked at Firstsite Gallery in Colchester and the Norwich Arts Centre and has over 15 years’ experience in the field.

Ben Thomas, Emma Kerr, Kenn Taylor, Adele Patrick and Merilee Mostov

Ben Thomas

Ben is Assistant Curator of Learning and Participation at the Arnolfini where he has created a new model of engagement where students can work collaboratively with practicing artists, architects and writers to create ambitious projects and experiment with ideas connected to social change and hold large scale exhibitions in the gallery to showcase the partnership. He has also instigated a schools’ membership scheme providing opportunities for Arnolfini to connect with schools in the community.

Emma Kerr

Emma is Head of Education at the Roche Court Educational Trust, working with teachers, young people and specialist groups to develop confidence and skills by looking, thinking and speaking about art. Emma is a passionate advocate for the involvement of state school students in galleries, art history and art making and has launched many initiatives which encourage tailored approaches so that they can be involved with the gallery.

Kenn Taylor

Kenn is Head of Participation at The Tetley where he has developed a number of activities for the local community where there are high levels of deprivation. He runs an After-School Art Club for children from 4 primary schools in Leeds, a new arts programme for teenagers and has worked with students from the local High School on a wide range of projects. Kenn is passionate about widening participation at the gallery and ensuring that The Tetley becomes more and more inclusive.

Adele Patrick

Adele is Lifelong Learning Manager at Glasgow Women’s Library where she has developed an effective and unique programme reaching women from all backgrounds who have never accessed or participated in the visual arts and connecting them with artists in Glasgow and beyond. Her passion and belief in the power of art has led to a programme that gives women the encouragement, tools and confidence to create and exhibit their own work.

Merilee Mostov

Merilee is Chief Engagement Officer at the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio where she is responsible for visitor experience and engagement. She ensures that visitors are given opportunities to connect to the art and each other through interpretive strategies and participatory experiences, including an exercise which encourages them to ‘think like artists. Merilee is also responsible for the Chase Centre for Creativity where she curates exhibitions and takes risks that other curators could not.

Beth Frazer, Daniel McCabe, Victoria Mayes, Caitlin Page and Georgia Close

Beth Frazer

Beth has delivered a community programme entitled ‘Ways of Seeing, A Sense of Place’ during her traineeship at the Mid Antrim Museums Service. The programme aims to highlight the heritage of Mid Antrim through the museum’s art collections. She has helped deliver digital technology to engage new audiences and has presented on the developments of the programme at various conferences and has been invited to write for the Irish Museums Association Journal.

Daniel McCabe

Daniel works in youth engagement through digital media at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea. He has helped deliver family workshops and programmes for young people not in education, training or employment, delivered a school’s programme and worked with over 55’s and adults with special needs.

Victoria Mayes

Victoria has worked at the MK Gallery since 1999, delivering a number of learning programmes, including the Lost and Found youth forum, an off-site gallery education programme as well as an early year’s programme. As Head of Learning, she has established a new learning team and learning strategy to help empower participants through creative cultural projects.

Caitlin Page

Caitlin is Learning Programme Manager at The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh and has initiated work at the gallery which engages young people who are not in education, training or employment. Her initiative, the Fresh Fruits Programme, helps to engage these young people with the gallery. She has provided training for staff on equality and diversity and her interest in providing opportunities for deaf audience has led her to research the possibility of an integrated programme for deaf people.

Georgia Close

Georgia is Student & Teacher Engagement Manager at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Australia where she supports 26 artist educators, three programme coordinators and the Teachers Advisory Council who help shape the museum’s education programme. She develops education programmes in the arts and long-term relationships with the schools she works with.

Jack Brown, Vicky Chapter, Rhonda Gowland-Pryde and Sian Hughes

Jack Brown

Jack is a freelance artist educator at the Saatchi Gallery, where he has worked with a variety of participants and provided invaluable support to the education department through his dedication and his ability to make the artwork and projects relevant to all visitors. Jack is also Director for Learning at the Hackney Wicked Arts Festival where he has developed an education programme. He shows great energy in his work and has gone above and beyond the remit of his role in supporting and nurturing artists.

Vicky Chapter

Vicky leads the education programme at Aspex Visual Arts Trust, having first joined as a volunteer in 2009. She has developed a number of projects including Aspex Greenspace, a community garden and art space for the local community. She has led a partnership project to enable young offenders and vulnerable young people to engage with contemporary art. Vicky also continues to develop the gallery’s work with children with Autism and special educational needs, working with specialist schools and units.

Rhonda Gowland-Pryde

Rhonda is Head of Education at the John Hansard Gallery and is a dedicated advocate for the Arts Award with young people who have offended, working with more than 200 young offenders. Her interest in this area encouraged her to embark on part-time doctoral research on the value of contemporary art learning in restorative work with young people. In 2012, Rhonda established the innovative weekly Arts Award programme with the Southampton Youth Offending Service and helping it to achieve its Artsmark status.

Sian Hughes

Sian is an artist and tutor for the Lost in Arts project, designed for people with dementia aged 50 and older, as well as their family members and carers. The aim of the project is to explore the effect of visual arts on issues experienced by people with dementia such as social isolation, confidence, communication and quality of life and wellbeing. The project has proved very successful and received praise from organisations including the Alzheimer’s Society, Bangor University’s Dementia Services Development Centre as well as the participants themselves.

Clare Gittings, Ella Phillips, Lisa Jacques and Jenny Mellings

Clare Gittings

Clare is Learning Manager at the National Portrait Gallery, but has been involved since 1989 when she was the sole person delivering the Schools Programme. The Programme now reaches 15,000 schoolchildren and 2,000 group leaders each year. Until 2011, Clare ran a national video conferencing programme and the National Museum Online Learning Project, enabling thousands of pupils to participate in sessions each month. She has now retired from her role and plans to volunteer at the Museum of Childhood.

Ella Phillips

Ella is Education Manager at the October Gallery, where she has developed learning programmes to support families, visiting prisoners and trafficked women. She has devised training programmes for artists and volunteers, organised education symposiums and developed partnerships with cultural, educational and third sector organisations. Ella’s dedication has meant that she has secured over £20,000 to further develop the education programme at the gallery.

Lisa Jacques

Lisa is Learning Officer for Contemporary Art at Leicester City Council, working on the digital learning programme with young people at the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery and developing a strategic partnership with Leicester College. She has developed a photography project through classroom teaching and museum visits, exhibiting students’ work across the city and online. The programme is an example of innovative practice and Lisa is an inspiration to those she has worked with and supported.

Jenny Mellings

Jenny is Freelance Artist Educator at Spacex, a contemporary art gallery in Exeter. She has been running children’s workshops since 1991 and encouraged a formal education programme to be established at the gallery. Jenny has organised a number of opportunities for the artwork of young people to be displayed at the gallery, and some of their work has gone on to win awards and be on display to millions. She has had a real impact on the young people she has supported and many of them have gone on to study art in higher education.

Angela Blackwell, Rebecca Graham, Tim Johnson and Amanda Phillips

Angela Blackwell

Angela is a curator at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery and has been involved in delivering most aspects of it’s work, including the education programme, along with a team of volunteers. She works with schools, families, community and organisations such as Mind which enables vulnerable groups and individuals to access the gallery. Angela has been key in introducing local residents and visitors to contemporary art. She has built an excellent relationship with the local authority, secured funding for the gallery from Arts Council England and successfully doubled the size of the gallery, which now includes a designated learning centre.

Rebecca Graham

Rebecca has been involved with the King’s Lynn Arts Centre for three years in a number of different roles. As a volunteer, she assisted with the Saturday Art Club and the Children’s Summer School, before being selected for the Creative Apprentices scheme which is funded by Arts Council England. Rebecca works closely with artists, gallery educators, curators and teachers and takes a key role in forming partnerships between the centre and schools and the community. She now works as a freelance tutor and is involved in delivering the Arts Award pilot for 7-11 year olds at the centre.

Tim Johnson

Tim has been a freelance Gallery Educator and Workshop Tutor at Quay Arts since 2003, making a significant contribution to making education work at the centre central to the ethos of the organisation. He has developed a series of exhibitions with children and young people in the centre’s Learning Curve Gallery and has also provided support for sixth form students building their portfolios and the opportunity for them to curate exhibitions. In 2012, Tim delivered an ambitious project to create a landscape panorama with school students and a youth group inspired by Hockney’s ‘A Bigger Picture’

Amanda Phillips

Amanda has worked at Leeds Art Gallery as a Learning and Access Officer since November 1991, supporting the Gallery to become progressive and place education and learning at the centre of the organisation. Over the last three years, Amanda has developed and grown a family learning space within the Gallery, which is loved by families and hosts a range of activities. The Gallery welcomes around 6,000 schoolchildren a year and over 46,000 general visitors. They host a collection of art from the 19th to 21st Century as well as a temporary exhibition programme which displays contemporary art.

Karen Eslea, Tom Goddard, Sylvia Jones and Laura Wilson

Karen Eslea

Karen is Head of Learning at Turner Contemporary in Margate and has worked closely with local people over the past ten years to create this new organisation in the run up to the opening of their new building in April 2011. Her role has been to ensure that local people feel involved in the gallery’s development and see it as a valuable resource to the community. Over 690,000 people have seen the organisation’s work or been involved in its programmes in the run up to the opening.

Tom Goddard

Tom is an artist and educator who has shown outstanding dedication and tireless commitment to identifying, establishing and facilitating numerous community engagement programmes for schools, groups and individuals. He has enabled the galleries he works with to reach out to vulnerable young people and those who had not previously been involved with galleries or artists, giving them the opportunity to participate in national projects with organisations including Tate and engage.

Sylvia Jones

Sylvia is a former primary school teacher and has volunteered for National Museums Liverpool for 25 years. At the Walker Art Gallery, she displays enormous enthusiasm and dedication in ensuring that every visitor she encounters has an enjoyable experience. During her ten years there, Sylvia has devised a series of successful tours where she has met a range of people and enhanced their enjoyment of the Gallery.

Laura Wilson

Laura is an artist and educator who has shown energy and commitment to her part-time role as Education Organiser at the Chisenhale Gallery. She is remarkable, committed and enthusiastic and has unwavering flair and good humour in what can be a challenging role operating on a shoestring budget. Over the past two years, Laura has increased attendance at the gallery and secured its position as a ‘go to’ local resource.