The Marsh Awards for Excellence in Gallery Education 2016

Do you know someone doing excellent work in gallery or visual art education & learning?

engage, the National Association for Gallery Education and the Marsh Christian Trust are delighted to announce the Marsh Awards for Excellence in Gallery Education 2016. The Awards, which recognise and celebrate the achievements of those working in learning and education within gallery or visual arts contexts (freelance, salaried or as volunteers) in the UK and internationally, grant winners £500 to spend on their professional development.

Nominations Deadline: 10am, Thursday 16 June 2016.

The Awards
Awards of £500 each will be offered to individuals working in learning or education in or for galleries or visual arts organisations, who have shown dedication or innovation in their work. The Awards will be announced at the engage International Conference in Liverpool, in October 2016.

Winners should use the Award to support their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and each will be asked to complete a short feedback form by March 2017. Since 2011, the Awards have successfully enabled winners to develop their arts education practice through funding attendance of courses and conferences, the joining of professional associations, visiting of good practice in the UK and abroad, funding of research, and by inspiring personal and professional confidence through the recognition of their work.

Who can be nominated?
Nominations are encouraged for colleagues at all stages of their careers, working freelance, in salaried positions or as volunteers. engage welcomes nominations for those working with organisations of all sizes. Nominations for non-members of engage are also invited. Nominators should be a colleague or a representative of an organisation who has worked with the nominee.

If you made a nomination in previous years please feel free to do so again - we would be pleased to consider your nomination in 2016. engage wishes to thank colleagues for the very high standard of applications received in the past five years.

How to make a nomination
Please return a completed Nomination Form to by 10am, Thursday 16 June 2016. Download the form at:

If you are nominating someone, please let them know you are doing so and consult with them about the application; we would like to know how each nominee would like to use the award for their Continuing Professional Development. There are only five questions to answer on the form, and nomination should take less than an hour to complete.

Judging criteria and process
Nominations should demonstrate how nominees have exceeded the expectations of their role, by showing dedication or innovation in their work.

Judging will take place and winners informed in late July. Applications will be shortlisted by a panel of experts in gallery education and representatives from the Marsh Christian Trust and engage. The Marsh Christian Trust will determine the final winners. The Awards will be presented during the engage International Conference in Liverpool (13-14 October 2016). The Award ceremony will include a description of the winners’ education work and achievements, and winners will be invited to submit a short video about their work to screen. Winners will be offered travel expenses to attend the Awards event, dinner and a complimentary day place to attend Conference on the day of the ceremony or the following day.

If you have any queries please contact Ailbhe Mac Eoin, Communications Officer, engage: / 020 7729 5858.