Honiton art gallery needs your help

PUBLISHED: 12:19 23 April 2013 | UPDATED: 12:19 23 April 2013

The curator of the Thelma Hulbert Gallery Angela Blackwell with some budding young artists.

The curator of the Thelma Hulbert Gallery Angela Blackwell with some budding young artists.

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The Thelma Hulbert Gallery needs the community's help to secure a national award.

A Honiton art gallery is appealing to the community to help it secure a national accolade.

The Thelma Hulbert Gallery is seeking supporters to help with nominations for the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award.

The award is a national accolade bestowed upon the museum or gallery which is most welcoming, engaging and encouraging of children, young people and families.

East Devon District Council is encouraging as many local people and visitors to give its support to the gallery located at Dowell Street as possible.

THG does a vast amount of work with children and young people - the gallery’s curator Angela Blackwell won an Excellence in Gallery Education Award from Marsh Christian Trust last October for her work.

She said: “Working at the gallery I may be biased, but I feel everything from the exhibitions to the activity sheets, the art trolley through to our family drop-in days, our school workshops through to our after school club ‘Masterpieces’ help make THG a perfect candidate for the award.

“We pride ourselves on providing a welcoming and accessible gallery which engages and inspires. The fact it was a home gives the gallery a unique personal feel that is commented on by so many of our visitors of all ages, making it a less threatening and precious environment than many contemporary art galleries. It’s been said that it’s like having a gallery in your own home.”

To make a nomination, people just have to say why they think THG deserves to win. Email nominations to award@kidsinmuseums.org.uk or post to Family Friendly Museum Award, Kids in Museums, 49-51 East Road, London, N1 6AH Nominations close on May 10. The longlist will be announced in May 2013.

Councillor John O’Leary East Devon District Council’s member champion for culture added: “The Thelma Hulbert Gallery is a real local gem and I’m giving its bid for this award my whole-hearted support. Winning an accolade such as this would confirm Honiton’s spot on the map in terms of culture, placing the gallery firmly in the top tier of educational, artistic, fun and inspiring attractions in the country. The staff have put their heart and souls into making THG what it is today, and I would love to see this recognised and celebrated.”

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