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South London Gallery wins £10,000 Clore Award for Learning

  • Date: 24 June 2011
  • Area: London, National
Making Play at the South London Gallery

Making Play at the South London Gallery. Credit: Photo: Richard Eaton

Prize money for the first Clore Award for Museum Learning was doubled this month as the South London Gallery received an award of £10,000 for the project Making Play - adventures in creative play through contemporary art.

The gallery, an Arts Council regularly funded organisation which also received capital funding for a new extension which opened last year, was awarded the prize alongside a consortium of two Oxford museums. The judges of the award were so impressed by the outstanding quality of the finalists that they awarded double the prize money to the joint winners, for this year only.

The Making Play project involved children living in the Sceaux Gardens estate opposite the gallery's site in Peckham, South London. Margot Heller, Director, and Frances Williams, Head of Education, South London Gallery, described how the project has helped to build relationships between the gallery and the local community and commented on how the award will help to develop further participation initiatives.

They said: 'We will be using the prize money to refurbish a larger shop unit on the estate where families and residents can run their own art and play projects, as well as continuing those alongside artists. Children have already been working hard with artist group Febrik on plans to create The Shop of Possibilities so we are delighted that this exciting extension of the project can now be realised.'

Introduced for the first time this year, the Clore Award recognises and celebrates quality, impact and innovation in using museums and galleries for learning activities and initiatives. It sits under the umbrella of the £100,000 Art Fund Prize for museums and galleries - which recognises and stimulates originality and excellence in museums and galleries in the UK. The winner of the Art Fund Prize 2011 is the British Museum for its A History of the World project.

For more information on Making Play - adventures in creative play through contemporary art, visit the South London Gallery website. For more information on the Clore Award for Museum Learning visit the Art Fund Prize website.