Art inspires young writers
BRISTOL Museum and Art Gallery has been chosen as a host venue for creative writing initiative.
The scheme provides a professional writer to work with a school on a creative writing or literacy project, taking inspiration from the venue’s collections, displays or building.
Funded by the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust, MaxLiteracy brings together writers, schools, galleries, art museums and visual arts venues to develop new ways of teaching creative writing.
Bristol’s project, being worked on this spring, will see links developed with local teachers and schools and literacy activities for a range of abilities created and piloted.
It also aims to encourage the greater use of the museum by schools for creative writing and literacy work and build on recent successful creative writing workshops.
Anna Keen, Bristol's Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “As a teacher I often find the most stimulating learning experiences happen outside of the classroom. Immersing children in different environments is essential to widen their horizons and engage their creativity, something this project clearly puts at the core of its activity. I am delighted that Bristol Museum and Art Gallery has been selected as one of the hosts and that our local schools will have another opportunity to benefit from the excellent work of our Museum Learning Team.’’
The awards are run in partnership by Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education and the National Association for Writers in Education (NAWE).
Veronica Reinhardt, of the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust, said: “The venues chosen have offered ground breaking ideas that provide really stimulating opportunities for children and young people to explore writing in a new environment. ”