Clore Duffield Award

30 03 2011

We’re thrilled to announce that the Clore Duffield Foundation last week awarded the Whitworth a £250,000 grant towards our capital development project. The grant is one of 11, totaling £8.2 million, made to cultural organisations across the UK to open up new creative learning spaces for children and young people.

The Clore Duffield Foundation is a grant-making charity which concentrates its support on cultural learning, creating learning spaces within arts and heritage organisations. The Foundation is chaired by Dame Vivien Duffield DBE, and has a long track record of funding Clore learning spaces/centres within museums, galleries and heritage sites.

The £250,000 grant to the Whitworth will fund the construction of the Clore Learning Studio;a light, flexible space on the ground floor of one of the two new wings that will surround the Gallery’s new Art Garden. The new Clore Learning Studio will provide a highly visible learning environment for a wide range of art activities, allowing for a 25% increase in formal and informal learning programmes in the Gallery.

On making the announcement, 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. I am delighted that we have been able to support such outstanding projects created by some of the best architects, in museums, galleries and theatres across the country… Now more than ever, I believe that culture should be at the heart of our children’s learning.”

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