On Tuesday 6 November, four exceptional individuals will be recognised for their dedication to making the visual arts more accessible. This year’s Marsh Awards for Excellence in Gallery Education will be presented by David Anderson OBE, Director General of Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales and Brian Marsh OBE, Chairman of the Marsh Christian Trust, at a special evening event in Cardiff run by engage, the National Association for Gallery Education.
One of these nominations goes to Amanda Phillips, learning and access officer at 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.’
Jane Sillis, Director of engage, said:
‘We’re delighted once again to be able to celebrate the achievements of colleagues in our sector. Gallery educators are essential to making sure the widest possible audience can get involved with art and artists. The high standard of nominations for these awards shows just how dedicated people working with audiences in galleries across the UK are.’.