We support the MAG Families programme so we were delighted to find out that Manchester Art Gallery have been shortlisted for the 2016 Family Friendly Museum Award. The award, which is organised by Kids in Museums, and is the only award in Britain in which children and families are given the chance to vote for the shortlisted organisations. The Award is the largest museum award in Britain and Manchester Art Gallery is among the top ten on the national shortlist.
Dr. Maria Balshaw, Director of Manchester City Galleries and the Whitworth, said:
‘We are absolutely thrilled to be short-listed, and to be recognised as a welcoming, accessible and creative space by the people who matter most – the children and their carers who have made the gallery part of their family life. We’ve created a space at the heart of Manchester’s city centre where we hope that children of all ages feel safe and welcomed, where they can engage with art, and where families have the space to explore, and can create experiences together. This is not a gallery where children will be told to be quiet; we want them to be excited about art, be curious and be inspired‘.
Praise from Manchester Art Gallery visitors and voters included:
‘I have seen the work the museum does with families, encouraging and welcoming a very diverse range of cultures and ethnicities. They are a very inclusive museum welcoming youngsters of all ages, as well as those with autism, and provide a wide and interesting variety of workshops and clubs.’
The Family Friendly Museum Award is sponsored by the Philip Mould Gallery and Association of Leading Visitor Attractions. The winner of the award will be announced on 17 October 2016.
MAG Families have a host of fun free activities lined up for the summer holidays which are inspired by the current exhibition, Vogue 100, on display at Manchester Art Gallery. If you would like your little ones to experience the incredible work that they do, every Tuesday to Friday in August, Manchester Art Gallery will host Summer Trends drop-in workshops.
#MAGfamilies can enjoy a season of creative, fashion-focused workshops. During the Summer Trends holiday programme, Manchester Art Gallery is opening the pages of its interactive MAGazine, inspired by the eye-catching Vogue 100 exhibition, which celebrates the centenary of this leading fashion magazine. Each week families are invited to experiment and evolve with innovative and inspiring artists and volunteers. Participants are invited to take a selfie of their designs and post it on Instagram using #Vogue100 for a chance to win a fabulous activity pack.
Tuesday to Friday throughout August
1-3pm, Clore Art Studio
Aimed at children 2-11 years, but all ages and abilities welcome.
All images courtesy of Manchester Art Gallery.