Case Studies

MaxLiteracy in action

These case studies share learning and experiences from galleries and museums across the country who have collaborated with writers and schools through the MaxLiteracy Awards

Awards 2020/21

Open Eye Gallery

Key Stages 3 and 4 (ages 12 to 15)

An innovative project supporting young people’s wellbeing at Key Stage 3 and 4 through creative writing inspired by photography, during disrupted learning as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • photography
  • wellbeing

The Turnpike

Key Stage 2 (ages 9 to 11)

An architecturally inspired poetry project that explored modernism, play and performance with young people at Key Stage 2, during disrupted learning as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • architecture
  • poetry

Newark Museum

Key Stage 4 (ages 14 to 15)

Raising attainment and creative writing skills through exploration of a historic art collection with Key Stage 4 students, during disrupted learning as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • art history
  • GCSE English

Awards 2018/19

Attenborough Arts Centre

SEN (ages 7 - 16)

A pioneering project supporting non-verbal students with profound learning difficulties from Ashmount School, to experience new language and produce visual poetry with creative writer John (Owen) Berkavitch.

  • developing vocabulary
  • non-verbal

Kirkleatham Museum

Key Stage 3 (ages 11 - 13)

Sparking intergenerational conversations in partnership with Laurence Jackson School and Poet Kate Fox, developing boy’s literacy through creative writing, co-producing content for a major new exhibition celebrating local industrial heritage.

  • boys
  • journalism
  • poetry
  • social history

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Key Stage 1 and 2 (ages 6 and 10)

An innovative pilot project with Compass Point Primary School and Creative Writer Caleb Parkin, through which students were able to bring the collection to life as talking pictures, exploring how to develop legacy boxes for all primary school children in the area.

  • cascade
  • confidence building
  • loan boxes

The Whitworth

Key stage 4 (ages 13 - 14)

Raising self-esteem and building young people’s resilience, The Whitworth worked in partnership with Trinity Church of England High School and creative writer Johnny Woodhams, to increase levels of literacy across all subject areas.

  • mental health

Awards 2016/17

Leeds Art Gallery

Key Stage 1 and 2 (ages 5 – 11)

An original painting, On the Move by Jack Butler Yeats, is loaned to a local primary school where it stimulates ideas for colour, poetry, music and public performance.

  • art on loan
  • families
  • poetry

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

Key Stage 3 (ages 11 – 14)

A major exhibition is the stimulus for bookmaking, guided writing, printing and random poetry, and an alternative audio guide for the venue is voiced by year 7 students.

  • exhibition
  • mixed ability
  • visual impairment

York Art Gallery

Key Stage 3 (ages 11 – 14)

An evocative statue of a bleeding young boy is the starting point for year 9 students to explore storytelling, poetry and playwriting through drama and wordplay.

  • creative literacy
  • empathy
  • five senses
  • role play

Awards 2014/15

Kettle’s Yard

Key Stage 1 and 2 (ages 5 – 11)

Maritime artworks and a unique domestic collection inspire year 3 pupils to create messages in bottles and lead family tours. Long term partnerships benefit the whole community.

  • developing vocabulary
  • EAL
  • writing for audience

Manchester Art Gallery

Key Stages 3 & 4 (ages 11 – 16)

A historic painting acts as the visual stimulus to help secondary pupils develop confidence in meeting the challenges of the new English GCSE.

  • art literacy
  • GCSE
  • National curriculum

Falmouth Art Gallery

Key Stage 3 (ages 11 – 14)

A collection of automata encourages year 7 boys to explore the theme of a dystopian future and write their own science fiction book.

  • art
  • automata
  • boys' writing
  • dystopia
  • literature

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