All posts by Hannah Mackay-Jackson

About Hannah Mackay-Jackson

I'm Project Coordinator at the Shipley Art Gallery, where my role is focused on community engagement and audience development.

I organise events and activities designed to help people enjoy the gallery, and experience it in new and exciting ways. These include evening events, such as the popular 'Shipley Lates' series, and 'The Late Shows'; participatory workshops where people of all ages can get creative; community groups that meet at the Shipley; guided tours; collaborative projects with Gateshead's Jewish community; and Creative Baby! - a popular monthly group for under one year olds, inspired by the exhibitions.

I love the variety of working with communities, and hope this blog will give you some insight into the wide range of projects I enjoy developing at the Shipley Art Gallery.

Little details: big impact – a closer look at family museum experiences

A key part of Exhibition Explorers at the Shipley has been exploring the gallery environment with the children. Hopefully over the course of the project all the grown ups involved – both parents and staff – will understand better what a… Read more

Exhibition Explorers: five surprising discoveries for the grown-ups!

The second Exhibition Explorers session took place earlier this month. We were delighted that so many of the families returned with their completed ‘Family Adventure’ page, sharing their experience of visiting a museum or gallery since the previous session. You… Read more

Places to go & things to do: embarking on our Family Adventures!

At the second Exhibition Explorers session we were delighted to find so many of the group had been on a Family Adventure to a museum or gallery, and returned with their completed scrapbook page to share their discoveries. Exhibition Explorers is an… Read more

Exhibition Explorers at the Shipley – what our youngest visitors can teach us.

Last week our exciting new project Exhibition Explorers began. Sixteen children aged 1 and 2 and their grown-ups joined us to embark on an exciting six month journey of discovery, finding new ways of enjoying galleries and museums together. This project is focused on… Read more

Growing our family offer

I’m really excited to have developed two new offers for Early Years, both of which are free and fairly flexible for people to drop into: Magic Carpet is a special artist-made bag that folds out into a creative playmat. It comes complete with… Read more