National recognition for gallery curator Angela
PUBLISHED: 14:32 06 December 2012
The curator of the Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton receives an award for excellence in gallery education.
The curator of the Thelma Hulbert Gallery, in Honiton, has received a national award in recognition of her dedication to making the arts more accessible to all.
Angela Blackwell was presented with the Marsh Award for excellence in gallery education by David Anderson OBE, the chairman of the Marsh Christian Trust, at a ceremony in Cardiff.
She was nominated for the award and was up against stiff competition from galleries across the country.
“I am absolutely thrilled to get national recognition,” says Angela.
“It is nice to get recognition for your work because you forget that what you are doing is making a difference to people in the community.”
The gallery has a designated learning space and runs a range of activities for the local community such as school workshops, Woolly Wednesdays, and the gallery’s youth group, which Angela successfully secured funding for in 2008 from the Arts Council England and continues to run.
It also works with leading mental health charity Mind as part of its Art and Mind activities, which has been good for the participants wellbeing says Angela.
She added: “This award raises our profile and it is good for Honiton and puts us on the map.
“The award does not just recognise the gallery for our art but the activities and the learning side as well.”
Angela received a certificate and £500 to go towards professional development, which she says will mean the gallery will be able to offer more activities in the future.
The gallery is currently holding its annual Present Makers exhibition of contemporary arts and crafts including textiles, jewellery, stained glass, ceramics and wood, which can be purchased for Christmas gifts.
It runs until December 22.
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