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Winners of 2018-19 MaxLiteracy Awards announced: Attenborough Arts Centre, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Kirkleatham Museum and the Whitworth to host the Awards

The Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust, the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE), and Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education, are delighted to announce the host venues for the 2018-19 MaxLiteracy Awards.   

Funded by the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust, MaxLiteracy is an exciting initiative that develops new ways of teaching creative writing by bringing together writers, schools, galleries, art museums and visual arts venues. Funding from the Awards will allow each of the four venues to employ a creative writer to work with a local school on a creative writing or literacy project, taking inspiration from the venue’s collections, displays or building. 

The activities will lead to the development of a set of new resources for the venues, designed to encourage engagement with the venue through creative writing. These will be widely shared within the arts and education sectors to encourage the greater use of galleries/ art museums/ visual arts venues by schools for creative writing and literacy work. The Awards are run in partnership by Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education and the National Association for Writers in Education (NAWE).  

Veronica Reinhardt, Trustee of the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust, said: “The four venues chosen have offered ground breaking ideas that provide really stimulating opportunities for children and young people to explore writing in a new environment. We are incredibly excited to be part of their discovery and hope this is the just the start of many wonderful new collaborations between schools and galleries to help more young people discover their own voices.” 

Seraphima Kennedy, Director of NAWE, said: “The National Association of Writers in Education is delighted to select these innovative, unique projects with a strong focus on inclusion, mental health, and wellbeing. These writers are experts in their field, and we are delighted to work with all the schools and venues selected.  Previous evaluations have demonstrated that teaching creative writing through the visual arts and historic collections can have a powerful impact on students of all levels and abilities: increased fluency, creativity, confidence and attainment for students across subject boundaries and levels.  This work becomes more vital each year.  NAWE has many members who work with galleries, schools, museums and heritage centres year in year out. We hope the resources and case studies produced by this diverse group of practitioners will be of immense benefit to writers, teachers and gallery educators working in these contexts.”  

Jane Sillis, Director of Engage, said: “Since 2014 Engage has had the privilege of working with galleries, museums, schools and creative writers on MaxLiteracy. The four outstanding hosts for this year’s awards are working with a really diverse range of children and young people on creative writing and literacy projects inspired by the visual arts. We are keen to share the resources and learning they generate through the MaxLiteracy website www.maxliteracy.org to inspire others to use the arts as a stimulus for writing. We are grateful to the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust for both initiating MaxLiteracy and for their generous support of the programme and to the National Association for Writers in Education for co-delivering the programme with Engage.”

Click here to learn about the four host venues and their plans for their Awards.

Posted on 22 January 2019

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