100 Masters shortlisted for a Creative Learning Guild Award

Masters Jas Kapur and Brendan Hawthorne at the Festival of Masters in November 2017.

Masters Jas Kapur and Brendan Hawthorne at the Festival of Masters in November 2017.

Creative Black Country’s 100 Masters project has been shortlisted for a ‘Digital & Film Award’ by the New National Creative Learning Awards.

Gilly Bryerley, Managing Director of The Creative Learning Guild, who are organising the awards, said:

“On behalf of all here, I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to all of those shortlisted for the National Creative Learning Awards.

There is so much talent and dedication in the world of creative learning, with practitioners taking on enormous responsibility, working long hours with almost no down time, and often for little financial reward. We want these awards to recognise these un-sung heroes and support them in their ongoing fight for creativity.

I wish our shortlisted members the best of luck, but would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our members for the wonderful and essential job they do every day.”

The new national Creative Learning Awards celebrate the inspirational innovators, educators and practitioners who live and breathe creative learning. The awards range across 15 categories, including formal education, the arts and creative business. See all of the shortlisted entries at http://www.creativelearningguild.co.uk/national-awards.

The awards are organised by The Creative Learning Guild a charity based in Yorkshire that supports the grassroots creative learning movement across the UK through a Guild membership scheme and the new awards. www.creativelearningguild.co.uk

Ruth Gamble, Head of Programmes says “the Guild is a fellowship; a membership of passionate and likeminded people. By becoming a member and nominating their creative heroes, people and organisations have committed to support creative learning, and each other in this fight for recognition and validation”.

Judges will use criteria that have been informed by a consultation of arts and education organisations to choose the winners from each of the categories and the winner in each category will be announced at the Creative Learning Summit on Friday the 8th of March.

The judging panel include an Olivier award winning theatre producer, a representative from the international Lego Foundation, leading disability arts professional; Ruth Gould and acclaimed poet Ian McMillan. A full list of the judges can be found at http://www.creativelearningguild.co.uk/national-awards

Ian McMillan says “I’m proud to be a judge for the Creative Learning Awards because in these turbulent times we need Creative Learning more than ever, and we need criteria by which to judge the value of the Creative Learning. As a judge, I’ll be creative, and I know I’ll learn a lot!” (Ian McMillan @IMcMillan).

The team will be heading to Halifax for the Creative Learning Summit on the 8th March to see if we can make the finals!