Bristol Museum and Art Gallery has been chosen as a host venue for creative writing initiative, the 2018-19 MaxLiteracy Awards.
Bristol is one of four hosts nationally receiving award funding for a professional writer to work with a local school on a creative writing or literacy project, taking inspiration from the venue’s collections, displays or building.
Funded by the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust, MaxLiteracy brings together writers, schools, galleries, art museums and visual arts venues to develop new ways of teaching creative writing.
Bristol’s project, being worked on between January and March of this year, will see links developed with local teachers and schools and literacy activities for a range of abilities created and piloted. It also aims to encourage the greater use of the museum by schools for creative writing and literacy work and build on recent successful creative writing workshops that have inspired Bristol Museum and Art Gallery to make literacy the over-arching focus of its entire learning programme.
Councillor Anna Keen, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills at Bristol City Council, said: “As a teacher I often find the most stimulating learning experiences happen outside of the classroom. Immersing children in different environments is essential to widen their horizons and engage their creativity, something this project clearly puts at the core of its activity. I am delighted that Bristol Museum and Art Gallery has been selected as one of the hosts and that our local schools will have another opportunity to benefit from the excellent work our Museum Learning Team undertake.’’
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.”