A Swansea gallery is shortlisted in an awards scheme celebrating those making an outstanding contribution to family-friendly arts and culture.

The city centre Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, run by Swansea Council, is listed in the Fantastic for Families Awards 2020 as among the best UK arts destinations that delight families.

At a time when Covid-19 has imposed significant limitations on the arts and cultural sector, the awards scheme celebrates the wealth of outstanding creative events and spaces for families.

Those shortlisted are recognised for the outstanding experiences they provided for families in 2019.

Robert Francis-Davies, the council’s cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: “The Glynn Vivian, even at this time when it is temporarily closed, is a major asset for our city.

“It’s brimming with creative opportunity and potential, benefiting the wider arts and cultural sector in the city and region, as well as all Swansea families and visitors.

“Staff and supporters have worked hard through the pandemic to continue sharing enjoyment of the gallery’s exhibits through the web.

“I congratulate them on this national awards success. It further strengthens the Glynn Vivian as a nationally recognised venue.”

The best family venue category celebrates the suitability of a venue’s facilities for families, the extra care it takes to meet the needs of a wide range of families and its provision of a high quality of experience for visitors.

Pre-lockdown Glynn Vivian family-friendly activities included: Halloween costume making and monster mash disco; a family festival day with explosive spinning wheel paintings, catapult art and robotic drawings; free family films screenings; Christmas card and festive wreath making; and maritime adventure and workshops in Arrrt on the High Seas, part of Swansea University’s Cultural Institute Being Human Festival.

Shortlisted alongside the Glynn Vivian in the Fantastic for Families Awards are The National Maritime Museum, London, The Lowry, Salford, The Whitworth, Manchester, and Cast, Doncaster.

All organisations will now have their nominations reviewed by expert judges from the creative sector. Winners are due to be announced in September.

Anna Dever, head of the Family Arts Campaign said: “It has been fantastic to see so many brilliant cultural organisations take part in this year's Fantastic for Families Awards.

“I hope that by highlighting the UK’s outstanding creative offering we can help more families discover more creative opportunities and connect with their local arts organisations.”

More: www.swansea.gov.uk/glynnvivian



Family Arts Campaign is an Arts Council England Sector Support Organisation and the largest, fully cross art form and collaborative initiative to support cultural engagement amongst families.  It is managed by The Albany (a London based performing arts centre and social enterprise) and a consortium of industry partners. The campaign works with leaders across all art forms, including libraries and museums, to advocate for the value and importance of engaging families in creativity and to provide practical support in improving access and experience, with the aims of: Increasing the amount and range of quality artistic work available to families; Improving the quality of experience for families accessing cultural activities/events; Improving marketing to reach more diverse families. 900 cultural organisations hold the Family Arts Standards accreditation devised and delivered with the Family & Childcare Trust, with 380 also committing to the Age-Friendly Standards, which provide guidance on welcoming older people to cultural experiences.