Honiton gallery wins top praise for contribution to arts festival
PUBLISHED: 11:00 14 April 2016
Honiton’s Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) has been highly commended for its contribution to the 2015 Get Creative Family Arts Festival.
THG joined more than 800 other organisations in delivering events as part of the 2015 festival, which took place last October.
The gallery’s Harrisons’ Garden Hallowe’en Spectacular was a late-night family event.
It coordinated the installation of 1,000 clocks created by top artist Luke Jerram as part of the museum’s at Night festival. THG won the opportunity to work with Luke after beating other galleries, gaining 1,800 public votes.
On the day, THG held a family-friendly free clock-making workshop and opened the gallery and garden until 10pm for a fun Hallowe’en event for families, with art activities, food, cocktails and DJ in the garden.
Inside, the gallery was occupied by 1,000 ticking clocks.
More than 300 participants, aged between two and 92, joined in the workshops, making their own clocks inspired by the installation, while 350 people of all ages attended the event, which was THG’s busiest day in its 15-year history.
The Get Creative Family Arts Festival celebrated at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, March 30, at the Albany in London. The event recognised the festival’s most engaging family events, as well as highlighting the outstanding organisers among the huge variety of participating venues.
Anna Aroussi, THG’s education officer, represented the gallery at the ceremony.
She said: “This was the first time THG had ever run an evening event like this.
“We specifically aimed to engage families who might not be confident in visiting a gallery.
“We worked with Honiton Children’s Centre to reach these groups. Making full use of the garden space meant families could relax with young children and have space to socialise.
“It became a welcoming, fun space with a very different atmosphere from a day-time gallery experience.”
Phil Cave, director of engagement and audiences at Arts Council England, said: “Encouraging arts organisations to develop their family offer, and to consider the diverse needs of families in Britain today, is really important. We are very pleased to continue to support the Family Arts Campaign.
“It has been a huge success to date and has reached a wide range of people.
“The campaign continues to inspire artists, arts organisations and families to engage in a vast range of arts activities across the country.
“It provides time for families to get together and create shared memories, and to experience the power of engaging with the arts.”
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