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New creative learning awards

9:00, 27th September 2018

Today the charity the Creative Learning Guild (CLG) announced that nominations are open for its new National Creative Learning Awards. The awards are set to celebrate innovators, educators and practitioners who are bringing something special to creative learning.

The inaugural judging panel includes an Olivier award-winning theatre producer, a representative from the international Lego foundation, disability arts professional Ruth Gould, and the poet Ian McMillan, who 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!’

There are 21 awards being given across a number of categories including formal education, the arts and the creative industries. Guild members are invited to nominate projects and practitioners that have inspired them over the last 12 months. It is possible to nominate yourself as well as others, with the process only requiring four simple questions to be answered.

The CLG’s managing director, Gilly Bryerley, says: ‘These new awards are designed to shine a spotlight on the efforts and achievements of the unsung heroes fighting for creative learning. Given that the arts in schools are declining while, at the same time, the creative industries are the fastest-growing sector in the country, we need some dynamic and visible support for the people who keep creative learning on the agenda.’

The CLG is a Yorkshire-based charity that supports the creative learning movement from the grassroots throughout the UK, with the new awards building on its existing guild membership scheme.

Ruth Gamble, the organisation’s 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 are committing to support creative learning, and each other, in this fight for recognition and validation’.

Nominations opened on 27 September and will close at midnight on 14 December and can be made through the website.

creativelearningguild.co.uk/national-awards

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