THE director of a Newton Aycliffe arts hub has gained national recognition for her contribution to creative learning.

Katy Milne, director of arts and creativity at Greenfield Arts, has been shortlisted in the new National Creative Learning Awards as an outstanding creative learning leader in the cultural sector.

The awards celebrate the inspirational innovators, educators and practitioners who live and breathe creative learning.

Gill Bryerley, managing director of The Creative Learning Guild, which is organising the awards, said: “There is so much talent and dedication in the world of creative learning, with practitioners taking on enormous responsibility and working long hours.

“We want these awards to recognise these unsung heroes and support them in their ongoing fight for creativity.”

Ms Milne has devised, led and organised a range of projects aimed at sending positive ripples through Greenfield Community College and the wider community.

David Priestley, CEO of Greenfield Arts and executive headteacher of Greenfield Community College, said: “We are all proud that Katy has been recognised in these awards.

“She has made a significant and inspirational contribution to promote creative approaches to learning across our whole organisation.”

Judges will use criteria that has been informed by a consultation of arts and education organisations to choose the winners from each of the categories and the winner in each category will be announced at the Creative Learning Summit on Friday, March 8.