Turner Contemporary, in Collaboration with University of Kent and BBC, Wins Government Funding to Help Kickstart the Learning Revolution in Margate

Turner Contemporary is celebrating securing £28,500 from the Government as part of a ‘learning for pleasure’ innovation spearheaded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). This grant is from the £20 million Transformation Fund, launched by Government to offer funding for to innovative informal adult learning projects in England.

Turner Contemporary – one of over 213 winning projects, will be running a scheme entitled Time of Our Lives with BBC Radio Kent and the University of Kent. This initiative will enable different generations to reflect upon being a teenager, a period of life that is often regarded with fear and suspicion. The project will create greater community cohesion, particularly between people aged over 60 and teenagers, and enable them to learn from each other and develop activities together.

The funding will enable four final year students from the Multimedia Technology and Design degree at the University of Kent to attend the sessions in Margate. They will help the groups to record their stories using the latest digital technologies. The students will be supported by their lecturers, Ania Bobrowicz, and Jane Milton from the School of Engineering and Digital Arts in Canterbury. Jane Milton, a lecturer in Film and Video Production, said, “this is a great opportunity for our students to gain experience of working with clients and local communities and putting their multimedia skills into practice. We’re also delighted to be working with Turner Contemporary in Margate and BBC Radio Kent and look forward to seeing how the project will develop”.

Kevin Brennan, Minister for Further Education, Skills and Consumer Affairs, said:

“We’re happy to announce 213 successful recipients of our Transformation Fund grants, awarded in the face of stiff competition from a field of 1,400 applications. With projects ranging from creative writing and music to reading and art, it’s encouraging to see so many imaginative ideas for giving adults more opportunities to learn for the love of it.”