Esther Fox is the National Lottery Awards Heritage Winner for 2023
Esther has won the prize for Curating for Change, a project that is providing work placements and professional development for D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent people who want to pursue a career in museums. So far it's supported 16 trainees and Fellows across England. One of the Fellows is Jack Guy, who's developing a career in curating at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery.
This isn’t just a win for me, this is a win for all of us that are trying to champion what disabled people can offer.
Esther Fox, Head of the Accentuate programme
At the heart of Curating for Change is Esther, who is the Head of Accentuate, a programme that delivers projects for disabled people in the cultural sector. She champions and creates opportunities for disabled people to not only take part, but to be at the front of cultural activities.
Curating for Change was made possible with a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £1.06m in 2020.
You can read more from Esther in the blog she wrote for us last year.
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