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Libraries aren’t soley for those studying literature, just as art galleries aren’t solely for those studying art…

Learning through the Art Gallery is a two-year project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). It is led by Dr. Claudine van Hensbergen at Northumbria University, and by Anne Fountain at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, and the Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead. Joy Youngman is the project’s Research Associate, and coordinates the project’s activities. The funded project will run between February 2019 and December 2021, with the newly developed learning offer available to book directly through the Laing or Shipley from that point onwards.

Our project aims to create a new ‘learning offer’ of educational workshops at the Laing and Shipley through which KS4/5 pupils studying English can visit to broaden their understanding of the subject. We aim to demonstrate how art collections can help pupils to develop and improve their study of language, literature and creative writing, whilst inspiring their wider interest in the Arts.

Our collaboration builds upon a number of joint-ventures in recent years, and includes the input of many colleagues both from Northumbria’s English staff and postgraduate student body, and from staff and volunteers at the Laing and Shipley Galleries.

Learning through the Art Gallery
Core project team: (left to right) Joy Youngman, Claudine van Hensbergen, Anne Fountain

Project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council

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Project led by Northumbria University in collaboration with the Laing and Shipley Galleries

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