Rebecca Graham, Freelance arts tutor
Becky was nominated for her work at The King’s Lynn Arts Centre, Norfolk. Becky has been involved with the centre for three years as a volunteer, an apprentice and in a freelance capacity. She has worked with artists, gallery educators, curators and teachers, taking a key role in partnerships projects with the centre, primary schools and with vulnerable communities.
Becky now works as a freelance tutor particularly with Looked after Children, where ‘her encouraging delivery style has been an asset when working with young people with unstable backgrounds.’ She also delivered an Arts Award pilot for 7-11 year olds at the centre and is now studying for a BA in Arts and Wellbeing.
Angela Blackwell, Gallery curator, Thelma Hulbert Gallery
Angela has delivered most aspects of the gallery’s work for last seven years, including education. Her nominator says ‘Angela’s job title does not fully convey the richness of her involvement and commitment to Thelma Hulbert Gallery. She is director; curator; art educator; technician frequently hanging shows on her own or with the assistance of one of an excellent team of volunteers she has inspired to support the gallery.’
Angela has established partnerships to enable vulnerable groups and individuals to access the gallery and her exhibition programme introduces local residents and visitors to contemporary art. She has built an excellent relationship within 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 space.
Tim Johnson, Artist educator, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight
Tim helped develop education work at the centre, making it central to the organisation’s ethos. His nominator says that as both a practitioner and an educator, ‘Tim uses his workshops to continually explore new themes and techniques sometimes risky, always exciting.’
Tim has been instrumental in developing two key areas of Quay Arts’ gallery education work: a series of exhibitions of work co-creation with children and young people in the centre’s Learning Curve Gallery; and support for sixth-form students to build their portfolios in preparation for interviews, and to curate their own exhibition. Tim delivered an ambitious project in 2012, creating a landscape panorama with school students and a youth group.
Amanda Phillips, Learning and Access Officer, Leeds Art Gallery
Amanda has worked at the gallery for over twenty years and was nominated for her ‘absolute dedication’ to placing education and learning at the centre of the organisation.
Over the last three years she has developed a permanently open and accessible family learning space within the gallery, which is loved by families and members of staff alike. Amanda’s nominator says she is ‘good humoured and emotionally intelligent, viewing her work as ‘the long game’ of relationship building.