UK’s best family-friendly activities and age-friendly initiatives during the pandemic revealed
- 18 November 2021
We are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s Fantastic for Families Awards!
Now in its eighth year, the annual awards recognise the outstanding creative provision for families across the UK. This year they also celebrate the extraordinary creativity from arts organisations during the global pandemic.
We are delighted to celebrate inspiring work for families, from little ones to the older generation. The 2021 awards recognise the creative ways in which organisations, artists and producers have supported families during this challenging time - heightening the importance of arts and culture for every member of the family. For so many, creativity has enhanced wellbeing, lifted spirits, entertained, inspired, connected people and provided an opportunity to share stories and experiences in powerful ways.
Scroll down to discover this year's winners, crowned #FantasticForFamilies...
Best Family Arts Activity Award
This award celebrates activities and events that have been developed for families during the pandemic. The Winners of the Best Family Arts Activity Award are:
🏆 Flamingo Chicks 🦩 Their project 'Ground Breaking Virtual Classes' showed an excellent understanding of the needs of their family audience.
🏆 MK Gallery 📦 ‘Art And Us Sensory Boxes’ was a small scale project with impact, showing an incredible understanding of and responsiveness to families that are underserved
🏆 Tramshed Arts 🚋 Their project ‘All Together Now’ showed an impressive range of activities and an international element, reducing isolation during lockdown.
🏆 Whitworth Art Gallery ✏️ 'PLAY Live’ showed us how an in-person activity can successfully be brought online and made available to new audiences.
🏆 Wigmore Hall 🎵 ‘Chamber Tots at Home’ provided fantastic music experiences, bringing together families and early career musicians.
Thank you to Alison Bowyer (Executive Director, Kids in Museums) and Laura Bedford (Head of Programmes, Kids in Museums) for judging this category
Best Age Friendly Outreach Award
This award recognises commitment and support to find ways to connect with older generations despite challenges during Covid19. The Winner of the Best Age Friendly Outreach Award is:
🏆 Norwich Theatre 🎭 Their project exuded energy, a wide range of creative activities, a significant number of partnerships and reached impressive numbers of people in sheltered accommodation and care homes.
Thank you to Sarah Mears MBE (Programme Manager, Libraries Connected) for judging this category.
Audience Impact & Innovation Award
This award recognises the innovative ways organisations and cultural providers' have adapted their work and approach to reach families in need during the pandemic. The Winners of the Audience Impact & Innovation Award are:
🏆 Lakeland Arts✨ Their community-focused project 'MEND' project reached families through partnerships with community groups from outside the arts world, you can find out more about MEND in our recent blogpost.
🏆 Oily Cart❤️ Their project 'Space To Be' presented a blanket of care, which you can find out more about in our recent blogpost from Oily Cart.
Thank you to Cath Hume (Chief Executive Officer, Arts Marketing Association) and Karla Barnacle-Best (Chief Executive, Discover Children’s Story Centre) for judging this category.
Congratulations to the winners and a big thank you to all of the shortlisted organisations for putting on so many fantastic creative events for families over the past year!