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Award winning learning  

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On Thursday 19 November, 2015, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Learning Assistant, Daniel McCabe, received the Marsh Award for Excellence in Gallery Education, which celebrates the hard work and dedication of colleagues working within the sector of gallery, museum and visual arts education.

Daniel was nominated by Tom Goddard, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Learning and Participation Officer, who highlighted his work with Saturday Family Art Club where he led a wide reaching engagement programme for 3-14 year olds and their families, through the joint creation of a comic book, an animated film, and a computer game, based on the life of the Gallery’s founder, Richard Glynn Vivian.

Tom Goddard said, “Daniel shares the gallery’s principles of involving all participants in the development of our programmes and their own learning, enabling them to take ownership and become engaged and empowered.”

“Daniel’s dedicated and flexible approach has inspired children, young people and families collectively while admirably overcoming and taking in his stride the tricky task of offsite working during the Gallery’s redevelopment.”

The winners receive £500 to spend on their professional development, and this was the first year that the Awards were open to colleagues outside the UK. Daniel plans to use the Award to develop his digital skills in either programming or coding to enable him to effectively inspire young people to engage with digital technology.

Daniel is the second member of the Glynn Vivian learning team to win this award, with Tom Goddard also receiving the award in 2011.

2015 Marsh Award Excellence Gallery Education winners group Credit Nikki Grout

2015 Marsh Award Excellence Gallery Education winners group Credit Nikki Grout

 Jane Sillis, Director of engage, said: “This is the fifth year that engage has celebrated the achievements of colleagues through the Marsh Awards for Excellence in Gallery Education, and we are delighted to introduce a new award in 2015 for colleagues outside the UK. As ever the panel were extremely impressed by the quality of nominations received from individuals at all stages of their careers, working as freelancers and employees across the UK and internationally.”   

The Awards are funded by the Marsh Christian Trust and run by engage, the support and advocacy organisation for gallery education, whose mission is to increase access to the visual arts. The Awards are open to colleagues working in galleries and visual arts organisations, and colleagues are invited to nominate deserving co-workers every summer. This year five individuals received awards, presented by Stephen Allen, Head of Learning & Programmes, National Museums Scotland and Brian Marsh OBE, Chairman of the Marsh Christian Trust, during the annual engage International Conference in Glasgow.

The programme for next year’s Marsh Awards will be announced on the engage website in the spring of 2016.

For more information please visit www.engage.org

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