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  • Clore Learning Studio
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Turner Contemporary Awarded Clore Duffield Grant

At a prestigious ceremony in London on 24 March, Dame Vivien Duffield announced a £250,000 grant for our new Learning Studio.

The Clore Learning Studio, positioned on the first floor of the gallery, provides an inspirational space for the delivery of our education programme. The studio has exceptional facilities including floor to ceiling windows with views out to sea.

The Clore Duffield Foundation has funded museum, gallery and heritage learning spaces across the UK for over 15 years. Turner Contemporary has been selected for the grant because of our excellent learning facilities and our groundbreaking learning programme, We Are Curious.

We Are Curious has been inspired by the curiosity of artists and offers schools a unique approach to learning in a gallery.

Bringing together hands-on exploration with a philosophical structure, teachers and pupils learn together to develop creative questioning and thinking, building confidence and communication skills. The programme aims to transform the way teachers, young people and children learn about, and through, the visual arts.

Dame Vivien Duffield said:

“I believe passionately that children and young people deserve the very best opportunities to benefit from the transforming power of our world class cultural organisations as Turner Contemporary. I am delighted that we have been able to support such an outstanding project created by one of the best architects in the UK–Now more than ever, I believe that culture should be at the heart of our children
s learning.”

Victoria Pomery, Director Turner Contemporary commented:

The gallery is an amazing resource and the Clore Learning Studio in particular is important in a community where many young people have had negative experiences of education. I’m thrilled that the opening of the gallery on Saturday 16 April will feature young people and I believe that the combination of inspirational spaces, creative ideas and great art will foster civic pride, change attitudes and provide opportunities for young people to access culture.”

Other organisations receiving grants are: The Donmar Warehouse; The Holburne Museum, Bath; Kensington Palace; Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge; Museum of Liverpool; National Theatre; Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, Cornwall; Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon; Tate Britain; Whitworth Gallery, Manchester.

Posted by: Turner Contemporary on Tue 29 Mar 2011
Filed under: Funders