Want to inspire literacy and creative writing in your gallery or museum?

The MaxLiteracy Awards are currently closed to applications. Please check back soon.

What we are looking for

We want to hear from galleries, museums and visual arts organisations in England keen to collaborate with creative writers and schools to inspire literacy and creative writing.

Three MaxLiteracy Awards of £7,000 are available to support gallery settings to undertake dedicated literacy and creative writing programmes and develop new resources for MaxLiteracy. Inspiration can be from an individual artwork or artworks, an exhibition, a collection, or even the building.

The aims of the Awards are:

  • For a creative writer to work with a school and a gallery/art museum/visual arts venue on a creative writing or literacy project, exploring the venue’s collections, displays or building
  • For a creative writing resource to be developed by the Venue, Creative Writer, NAWE and with the school on using creative writing to explore the venue’s collections, displays or building
  • For these resources to be shared with the arts and education sectors in order to encourage the greater use of galleries/art museums/visual arts venues by schools for creative writing and literacy work

Galleries/art museums/visual arts venues applying for the Award must name the school they wish to work with and evidence that they have discussed plans for the Award with the school. There are no restrictions on the type of school or the age of the children and young people that venues partner with.

Explore the award recipient case studies and resources to see the quality of work already achieved and hear from people involved.

We aim to fund projects that enhance and expand our collection resources so that we can share and grow ideas.

Schools or writers interested in applying should do so through the venue they want to partner with.

Case studies of MAXLiteracy in action

Teacher? Parent or carer? Gallery educator? Writer looking to work in education?

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

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

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