Lou Fraser Wins Marsh Award

We are pleased that teaching artist Lou Fraser has been awarded the Marsh Award for Excellence in Visual Arts Engagement.

Lou plays a key part in Fruitmarket’s engagement programmes. Highlights of her work include leading Creative Connections, our new three-year programme for primary schools; working with older adults in our Making Memories reminiscence sessions, and representing Fruitmarket as an artist in residence with young people at the Edinburgh Royal Hospital for Children and Young People.

As cited on Engage’s website, ‘The Marsh Awards for Excellence in Visual Arts Engagement celebrate the hard work and dedication of colleagues working within visual arts participation and engagement. The annual awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of those working in learning, participation and engagement within visual arts contexts in the UK and internationally. It celebrates the work of individuals and groups working in freelance, salaried and voluntary roles, who have brought the benefits of engaging in the arts to communities in 2022-23. The Awards offer winners £500 in professional development support in addition to recognition for their work.’

Louise K. Fraser (@lou.kin) has worked as a dyslexic neurodivergent teaching artist for the past 18 years, since graduating with MFA from Edinburgh College of Art. Her teaching and practice are based around making to think and understand, working with people of all ages to find the right way for them to engage with art. She works across Scotland devising and delivering imaginative and original workshops as well as Career-Long Professional Learning (CLPL) to teachers in person and online. She devises resources for galleries, institutions, and councils, drawing on her experience as a freelance arts educator and a secondary school Art and Design teacher.

Lou continues to develop her own art practice from her studio in Leith and through residencies. Finding solutions to gaps in the artworld is something she pursues through personal projects such as Teach Art, a teacher residency program that runs in line with school holidays, Bridging, an ongoing project rethinking pedagogy and our interaction with it as freelance teaching artists, and Meet Up, yearly gatherings for teaching artists in Edinburgh.

For the past 10 years she has had, as she describes it, ‘had the pleasure of working with Fruitmarket on many projects that span a wide range of ages and abilities.’ It is with the support of Fruitmarket that Lou states she has ‘been able to develop different and imaginative ways of working within the gallery space and to challenge expectations of what can be done.’

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