Tom Goddard, Learning Assistant at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, has been named as one of the UK’s top art educators and received a special honour at the Turner Contemporary in Margate this week, for making art more accessible to thousands of people across South Wales.
Tom is one of only four people across the country to have received the inaugural Marsh Award for Excellence in Gallery Education which is run by Engage, The National Association for Gallery Education.
Over the past two years, Tom has worked with the Glynn Vivian’s Learning Team at Swansea Council to establish a programme of activities and events to help people in the community value and enjoy the visual arts in Swansea.
His work has helped the gallery reach out to include vulnerable young people and many others who had previously not been involved with galleries or artists and devised individual activities that have enabled them to reach their potential and develop their arts skills.
Tom continues to deliver weekly workshops for adults and children and also manages an extensive range of holiday workshops for children and families.
The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery building on Alexandra Road is now closed to the public as preparations continue for the start of a major £6 million upgrade.
Staff are busy working on a programme of activities and workshops for other Swansea venues in the New Year and specific details will be announced next month.
Have a look at www.glynnviviangallery.org for more information or call 01792 516900.