Congratulations to Rachel Dunlop, our Participation Manager, who has received a Marsh Award for Excellence in Gallery Education. This Award, run in partnership with Engage, annually celebrates the achievements of individuals working in learning and education within gallery or visual arts contexts who have shown innovation and dedication to their work. Rachel attended an award ceremony as part of the Engage national conference in Newcastle. Passionate about access to contemporary culture for young people in rural communities, Rachel’s work in participation is driven by the desire to offer young people based in the Black Mountains opportunities they may never have access to otherwise.
She has produced projects on mountains, in fields and forests, on canal boats, in market halls, shops and cafes, and continues to work with some of the most ambitious artists in Wales. Her most notable achievements at Peak include the Illumine and Hinterlands projects, which bring contemporary artistic practice and community participation together in rural places; developing a Young People’s Advisory Group, Peak, involving 15 participants that work to inform and challenges Peak’s programming; and leading on the delivery of Criw Celf South Powys, an Arts Council of Wales national visual arts initiative for young people (11-19 years). Most recently Rachel has worked as one of four lead invigilators for Wales in Venice/Cymru yn Fenis 2019 at the Venice Biennale.
You can view a short film Rachel produced which describes what she’s learnt from working with young people:
Rachel will use her Award of to connect with colleagues from organisations who work with co-creation and participatory practices, visiting projects and arts organisations across the UK.
Engage is the lead advocacy and training network for gallery education. https://engage.org/
Photos: Emily Carey, Silverbird Photography