Juliette Buss wins Marsh Award for Excellence in Gallery Education

Photoworks Learning and Engagement Curator wins prestigious professional award.

Our colleague Juliette Buss was rewarded in November 2017 for her work within the Gallery education sector.

The Marsh Awards for Excellence in Gallery Education celebrate the hard work and dedication of colleagues working within the sector of gallery, museum and visual arts education. The Awards are funded by the Marsh Christian Trust and run by Engage, the support and advocacy organisation for gallery education, whose mission is to increase access to the visual arts.

In 2017 five individuals received awards, presented by David Booker, Ambassador for the Marsh Christian Trust, during the annual Engage International Conference in Hull.

The Awards are open to colleagues working in galleries and visual arts organisations, and colleagues are invited to nominate deserving co-workers every summer. The winners receive £500 to spend on their professional development, and feedback from previous awardees has been overwhelmingly positive – as a result of the Awards colleagues receive recognition for their work and have reported increased confidence and opportunities, as well as benefits for the organisations where they worked.

About Juliette

Juliette Buss has nearly twenty years’ experience of working in the visual arts, heritage and education sector. Previous freelance work includes research, evaluation and project management for V&A, NESTA, Wellcome Trust, Towner Gallery and Turner Contemporary, amongst others. She has also written a range of digital heritage learning resources, most recently for Giddy Brighton – an app and website exploring teenage memories from post-war Brighton. Juliette is responsible for developing the Learning and Engagement programme for Photoworks, securing funding and creating ongoing opportunities for the widest possible audiences to engage with, learn about and enjoy photography. Recent successes include CPD programmes for teachers that have raised literacy attainment in primary schools in Sussex, and Brighton Photo Biennial 2016, produced by Photoworks, attracting more than 315k visitors with nearly 40% of the programme focussed on children and young people.

Juliette was nominated by Celia Davies, outgoing Director at Photoworks, who underlined the importance of Juliette’s recent work with LGBTQ+ communities in Into the Outside, a heritage-learning project building a contemporary queer youth archive that shares and celebrates stories from LGBTQ+ young people in Brighton & Hove and beyond.

Juliette would like to use the Award to undertake arts leadership training that will help inform and shape thinking around future learning and engagement programme ideas at Photoworks

Jane Sillis, Director of Engage, said:“This is the seventh year that Engage has celebrated the achievements of colleagues through the Marsh Awards for Excellence in Gallery Education. There was a very high quality of nominations for individuals from the UK and internationally, at all stages of their careers, freelancers, employees and volunteers. We are delighted to work with the Marsh Christian Trust to mark the vital work of colleagues in visual arts education.”

The four other 2017 recipients are: Molly Bretton, Access and Communities Manager Royal Academy, London;  Litza Juhász, Museum Educator Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest; Gina Mollett, Freelance Artist Educator and Holly Rumble, Artist & Public Engagement Coordinator, Tramway, Glasgow

From left: David Booker, Ambassador for the Marsh Christian Trust; Juliette Buss,Learning & Engagement Curator Photoworks, Brighton;Litza Juhász, Museum Educator, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest;Molly Bretton, Access and Communities Manager,Royal Academy, London;Holly Rumble, Artist & Public Engagement Coordinator, Tramway, Glasgow, andGina Mollett,Freelance Artist Educator. Photo: Amy Charles

For more info visit www.engage.org