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New Focus shortlisted for New National Creative Learning Award

Fri, 8th Feb, 2019

Our young people’s collective New Focus has been shortlisted in the New National Creative Learning Awards. New Focus have been nominated in the Heritage category for their recent Heritage Lottery project No Man’s Land: Young People Uncover Women’s Viewpoints of the First World War.

New Focus worked in partnership with Impressions Gallery, The Peace Museum in Bradford, the University of Leeds and IWM (Imperial War Museums). The young people investigated photographs made by women who worked as nurses, ambulance drivers, and official photographers, as well as peace campaigners. New Focus created an innovative educational publication for other young people, bringing to life the First World War through the eyes of women.

Asiya Hussain, New Focus member, said: “This is an incredible achievement for New Focus. We are all extremely proud of the project and to become one of the finalists shortlisted in the Heritage category from the many entries the Creative Learning Guild received is a real testament to the project and the work of all the young people involved”

The new national Creative Learning Awards celebrate the inspirational innovators, educators and practitioners who live and breathe creative learning. The awards range across 15 categories, including formal education, the arts and creative business. See all of the shortlisted entries here 

The awards are organised by The Creative Learning Guild a charity based in Yorkshire that supports the grassroots creative learning movement across the UK through a Guild membership scheme and the new awards.

Gilly Bryerly, Managing Director of The Creative Learning Guild, said: “I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations for all of those shortlisted for the National Creative Learning Awards.There is so much talent and dedication in the world of creative learning, with practitioners taking on enormous responsibility, working long hours with almost no down time, and often for little financial award. We want these awards to recognise these un-sung heroes and support them in their ongoing fight for creativity. I wish our shortlisted members the best of luck, but would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our members for the wonderful essential job they do everyday.”

The judging panel include an Olivier award winning theatre producer, a representative from the international Lego Foundation, leading disability arts professional; Ruth Gould and acclaimed poet Ian McMillan. A full list of the judges can be found here

Ian McMillan 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!” (Ian McMillan @IMcMillan)

The winner in each category will be announced at the Creative Learning Summit on Friday the 8th of March.