Winner Announced: Children in Museums Award 2022


Creaviva Children’s Museum, Bern and Leeds Museums & Galleries joint winners of the 2022 Children in Museums Award

On Friday 9 September, in a ceremony during the European Museum Academy Conference in Luxembourg, the results of the 2022 Children in Museums Award were announced.  13 museums took part in the competition from 13 countries, with a short-list of six finalists. This is the tenth year the Award has been presented. This year, exceptionally, the judges were delighted to give the Award jointly to Creaviva Children’s Museum, Bern and Leeds Museums & Galleries.


From left to right: Annemies Broekgaarden, Hands On! Director CMA, HRH Princess Sibilla de Luxembourg, Pia Laedrich, Creaviva, Katja Lang, Creaviva, Izzy Bartley, Leeds Museums & Galleries, Leigh Anne Stradedski, chair of the jury, Wim van der Weiden, EMA director CMA

Summary from the Judges’ Report:

“Creaviva Children’s Museum, Bern, Switzerland – Children curate Klee As an integral component of the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland, Creaviva aims to arouse curiosity in art by enabling children to be creative themselves.  With its summer exhibition ‘A Shining Secret – Children Curate Klee’, Zentrum Paul Klee and Creaviva have pushed the boundaries of art experience by enabling children to be the curators, choosing the theme, the works and the method of presentation for this major exhibition. The process used to achieve this is explained in a separate exhibition in Creaviva itself.  This project is an outstanding demonstration of what can be achieved when we develop things together with children as equal partners in a project.”


“Leeds Museums and Galleries, United Kingdom – The Leeds Curriculum This city-wide arts and cultural project led by Leeds Museums and Galleries was created to build a sense of identity, pride and connection with city, community and self, amongst children across all of the diverse areas of Leeds.  Through a vast network of organisations, professionals and school children, over 300 ‘real-life’ stories were gathered and shared on a freely accessible website as a resource for teachers to use in their classrooms and on visits to the museums and cultural organisations of Leeds.  This project is exceptional in terms of its potential to have a long-term impact on the children of Leeds and the scale of engagement across the city’s cultural organisations.”


Press Release

CMA 2022 Press Release

CMA 2022 Judges Report


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