Two dedicated Wolverhampton Art Gallery volunteers are in line for a top regional award after curating their first exhibition.

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Educating Team Volunteers Julia Foster and Dr Andrew Yarnold have been nominated in the Project Award category, in the West Midlands Museums Development (WMMD) Volunteer Awards 2016.

The duo were put forward for their work on The Drawing Year exhibition, currently on show at the Lichfield Street gallery until Sunday 25 September.

It shows original drawings from the gallery's own collection alongside drawings from talented young artists primarily from Wolverhampton schools.

Visitors to the exhibition have also been encouraged to pick up pencils and draw a still life that has been set up next to easels and a space on the walls to display their finished work.

Julia and Dr Andrew researched, collated, designed and managed the project with initial guidance and support from the education, curatorial and technical teams at the gallery.

City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor John Reynolds, said: "Parents, grandparents, families and friends of children who have work on show have enjoyed visiting the exhibition and seeing the work of these talented young artists mixed with works by artists from our collections.

"It is thanks to both Julia and Andrew that young artists have had their work on our gallery walls and I am delighted their project has been recognised with a nomination in the West Midlands Museums Development Volunteer Awards."

The nominations for the Project Award are:

  • Julia Foster and Dr Andrew Yarnold, Wolverhampton Art Gallery
  • Roger Gollicker, British Motor Museum
  • Heritage Water Park Team, Waterworks Museum
  • NADFAS Copperplate project, Wedgwood Museum

The winners in all 8 categories will be announced on Thursday, 15 September at an evening ceremony at the Birmingham Hippodrome.

The WMMD programme was established in April 2015 with funding from the Arts Council England, and is managed by Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust.

  • released: Friday 9¬†September, 2016