St George’s has been awarded a Best Family Venue Award for the 2015 Get Creative Family Arts Festival.

The annual Get Creative Family Arts Festival is a national festival offering families an extraordinary range of arts activities to enjoy.

Voted for by a panel of expert judges from the arts sector, the Awards recognise the outstanding events that took place within 2015 Festival and the organisations and venues that participated.

St George’s Bristol joined over 800 other organisations in delivering events as part of the 2015 festival, which took place between 9 October and 1 November 2015.  Around 500,000 family members attended one of the 4,000 festival events across the UK.

041FAA bannerEvents which St George’s Bristol organises throughout the year including the Get Creative Family Arts Festival, are Wild Words, Mini Beats and Crash Bang Wallop workshops,

The Get Creative Family Arts Festival awards ceremony recognises the Festival’s most engaging family events as well as highlighting the outstanding organisers amongst the huge variety of particiapting organisations

Head of Education Catherine Freda is proud to accept the award, accompanied by Education Manager Laura Tanner and Music Leader Caitlin Callahan.

St George’s Bristol Head of Education Catherine Freda commented: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this prestigious award.  

“It recognises the importance we place on making our venue as ‘family-friendly’ as possible and attracting new audiences.

“This award marks a step-change in our work as we prepare for the opening of our new extension in 2017 with its vastly improved access, new performance and education spaces and café bar. 

“We are looking forward to welcoming families to our next events and planning even more activities for the 2016 Festival in October, alongside our partners in the Bristol Family Arts Network.”

The Festival is run by the Family Arts Campaign, whose recent evaluation report found that 61% of organisations reported an increase in work shown for families across the country. Since its beginnings in 2013 the Festival has also included over 500 pieces of newly commissioned work specifically for families.

Phil Cave, Director of Engagement and Audiences at Arts Council England said: “Encouraging arts organisations to develop their family offer, and to consider the diverse needs of families in Britain today is really important. We are very pleased to continue to support the Family Arts Campaign, it has been a huge success to date and has reached a wide range of people. The Campaign continues to inspire artists, arts organisations and families to engage in a vast range of arts activities across the country. It provides time for families to get together and create shared memories, and to experience the power of engaging with the arts.”

Planning is already underway for the next Get Creative Family Arts Festival, which will take place throughout October 2016. With extended dates, this year’s festival aims to involve even more families in exceptional programmes of events later this year. Visit the Family Arts Festival website to find out more: