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National Award Nomination for Bradford Museum & Galleries Services, Jill Iredale

Great to see Bradford’s Council’s Jill Iredale being nominated for a National Award. Good luck on the 7th November Jill! Full details below from Bradford.gov.uk

Jill Iredale, from Bradford Council’s Museums and Galleries Service has been nominated for the National Museums Change Lives Award 2023.

The judges met recently, and Jill has been shortlisted for the Radical Changemaker Award 2023, acknowledging her work in the Bradford district in engaging and empowering local community groups to share their stories and experiences in Bradford Council run museum venues.

The award recognises individuals who have had a transformative impact on the UK museum sector and celebrates outstanding practice by UK museums delivering social impact, promoting the best examples of work by museums and individuals that support communities and engage with contemporary issues.

The nomination said: “Jill is delivering powerful, impactful and collaborative social projects in her new role as a community curator for Bradford Museums and Galleries. One recent collaboration is Don’t Give Up – a fully co-curated exhibition with Windrush Generations. The project engaged young people from the Caribbean community to spend time with and talk to the first-generation elders who settled in Bradford.

“It resulted in a powerful and personal exhibition at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery in Manningham, where many of the community settled and still live. Elders shared their histories, many for the first time, and over 20,000 people visited the exhibition.

“This entirely collaborative way of working has informed the other projects Jill is working on, including the co-development of a new gallery space designed to support young people with their mental health. Jill is also working with groups of refugees and asylum seekers, who are supported by the Anchor project, to develop long-term and trusting relationships. There is no planned outcome or agenda, and Jill’s whole practice is one where the community leads the way.”

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “This is such a well-deserved shortlisting for Jill and I wish her every success at the awards ceremony. The work she’s doing in collaboration with people from the local community has proved really popular with visitors to our museums.”

The Awards Ceremony will take place on 7 November as part of the Museum Association’s Annual Conference in Newcastle-Gateshead.

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