The recipients of the 2011 Awards were:
Karen Eslea, Head of Learning at Turner Contemporary, Margate
Karen Eslea, Head of Learning at Turner Contemporary, Margate, has been working closely with local people to create this new organisation for over ten years in the run up to the opening of their new building in 2011.
She said ‘my role has been to ensure that local people feel involved in the gallery’s development, and see it as a valuable resource’. Over 690,000 people saw the organisation’s work or were involved in its programmes before the new gallery building opened in April 2011, with another 300,000 people visiting since the opening.
Tom Goddard, Artist and educator
Artist and educator Tom Goddard received nominations from Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea and Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen, for having shown ‘outstanding dedication and tireless commitment to identifying, establishing and facilitating numerous community engagement programmes for schools, groups and individuals’.
His work has enabled the galleries to reach out to vulnerable young people and those who had previously not been involved with galleries or artists, and to participate in national projects with organisations including Tate and engage.
Former Primary School Teacher Sylvia Jones has volunteered for 25 years for National Museums Liverpool. She was nominated by the Walker Art Gallery for her ‘enthusiasm and dedication in ensuring every visitor she encounters has an enjoyable experience’.
During her ten years at the gallery she has devised a series of successful tours. She says ‘I have met such interesting people and, I hope, added to their enjoyment of the Walker.’
Laura Wilson, Education Organiser Chisenhale Gallery
Artist and educator Laura Wilson was nominated by Chisenhale Gallery, London, for her energy and commitment to her part-time role of Education Organiser. Her nominator says she has shown ‘remarkable commitment, enthusiasm, unwavering flair and good humour in what is 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.