We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Telegraph Kids in Museums award 2013. The longlist was whittled down to a top six by expert judges, BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz, Andrew Pettie, Head of Arts and Entertainment at the Telegraph and Dea Birkett, Director of Kids in Museums. The panel was chaired by Jenny Abramsky, Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The other shortlisted museums and galleries are: Brixham Heritage Museum, Devon, Horniman Museum, London, National Maritime Museum, Cornwall, Nature in Art, Gloucester and North Lincolnshire Museum.
Volunteer family judges are road-testing the venues this summer before the winner is announced on 13 September at an award ceremony in London.
Families in the Octopus's Garden this summer
Dea Birkett, the Director of Kids in Museums said “Contemporary art is a very difficult subject to get the whole family signed up to – a fact this gallery doesn’t shirk away from. Instead, it tackles it straight on, making a strong commitment in their interpretation, trails and activities to make art accessible to all ages, from the youngest child to grandparents. The visitor testimonies in support of the gallery were astounding. It’s obviously loved.”
Amanda Sprut, Learning Manager responsible for family programmes at Nottingham Contemporary said “We work hard to connect with families and help them feel at home. We want them to enjoy exploring our changing exhibitions and participate in really stimulating activities together. All of our activities are free for families to drop-in every weekend and every day of the school holidays, and we are always trying to connect with new audiences through outreach and partnerships. We are absolutely thrilled to be short-listed, but to win this award would be an incredible achievement. It would help us convey our family friendly message so we can welcome even more new families, and be a great excuse to celebrate with our existing families and our staff who put so much into making us really family friendly!”
Families in the Octopus's Garden
We look forward to updating you in September when the winner has been announced. In the meantime thank you to everyone who has nominated and supported us. We’re keeping our fingers crossed!
To find out what is going on at the Gallery this summer visit our Families page. Make it. Eat it. Watch it, a creative workshop and family friendly film screening returns this Bank Holiday Monday. Bring your own picnic! Pick up a kit bag to explore Aquatopia, then visit the Octopus's Garden, down in The Space. Dive into our digital pool, relax on the beach camp and record your adventure in the Pirate Photobooth.
Watch our short video to find out it is like in our family activities. We look forward to welcoming you soon.