Apprenticeship Opportunity: HOME

Programme Assistant (Apprenticeship)

From HOME:

As part of the Creative Employment Programme, we have a fantastic opportunity to join the Programme Team at HOME. You’ll be working in a key support role within the visual art and film teams of HOME, contributing to the effective running of HOME’s artistic programming. You’ll be responsible for managing the schedules of the Artistic Directors for film and visual art, managing guests (including visiting artists and filmmakers), and assisting with events and exhibitions.

This is an apprenticeship role, and alongside working at HOME you will complete a Level 3 qualification in Community Arts. You must be 18-24, resident in the city of Manchester, and not in education, employment, or training in order to apply.

For more information including the person specification please download the apprentice pack.

To apply, please visit the National Apprenticeship Service website

Enquiries: lee.ashworth@homemcr.org
Deadline: Thu 10 September 2015
Interviews: Thu 17 September 2015

– See more at: http://homemcr.org/jobs/programme-assistant-apprenticeship/#sthash.qkCAXaC7.dpuf

Consultancy Opportunity: Canal & River Trust

Consultant to research the historic boat collection and plan for its future
Fee: £25,500 for 85 days
Closing date: Friday 18th September

The Canal & River Trust’s Designated Collection, held across all three of our museums (National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port; Gloucester Waterways Museum; The Canal Museum, Stoke Bruerne), comprises over 10,000 objects and artefacts including 76 historic boats: the most comprehensive and important collection of inland waterways craft in the country. It is a unique legacy from the industrial canal era which played a key role in Britain’s economic and social development from the 1700s.

We wish to appoint a consultant to undertake a feasibility study for the future options for care, conservation and display of the boat collection, investigating all potential storage options whilst prioritising a vision of how visitors and stakeholders may better access and appreciate the collection.

The project will:

  • Review all existing research and historical information about the boat collection
  • Research boats identified for disposal
  • Investigate suitability of certain boats for transfer to other bodies
  • Carry out a feasibility study of indoor storage and display options and produce a costed report.
  • Review digital technologies that could increase access to the collection whilst preserving its operational and working significance, with particular focus on 3D scanning and modelling and Augmented Reality
  • Share best practice and ethics in collections care within the museum, with the public and with wider stakeholders.

We’re looking for someone with experience of collections management in museums and excellent knowledge of best practice in care and conservation of large and working objects. Experience of working with historic boats would be an advantage. We would also expect the consultant to be able communicate knowledgeably and enthusiastically with a wide range of people.

For more information and a project brief please contact Lisa Edwards, Collections Assistant lisa.edwards@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Association of Cultural Enterprises Retail Resilience Programme

Museum Development North West are very pleased to be working with the Association of Cultural Enterprises (ACE) to bring their new Retail Resilience Programme to the region.

The Retail Resilience Programme will concentrate on the development of knowledge and skills for retail. It will work with 180 accredited museums over a three year period, 20 per region, building the learning and knowledge base of their organisations where help and guidance is most needed and consequently their resilience and sustainability.

This FREE programme will consist of four training days and will cover: buying, finance, visual merchandising and shop skills.

Participating museums will also receive the following:

  • ACE membership for 1 year.
  • An invitation to attend one ACE study day in that training year and one day attendance at the ACE convention.
  • A series of 12 fact sheets, accompanied by 12 “How to….” video guides although the content of these will be made available to all
  • Opportunity to participate in a region wide network led by an MPM.

Next steps

You will shortly receive a letter with all the details of the course, and a nomination form. In order to be considered for this immersive course you will need to nominate yourself by completing the form. Places are limited and you must be prepared and are able to commit to all 4 of the training days.

If you have any questions please contact Desi Evangelides from ACE – desi.evangelides@acenterprises.org.uk or Alex Bird from MDNW – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk

Upcoming events

Here’s how our autumn programme is shaping up:

A Practical Networking Event for Industrial Heritage Museums and Groups in the North West: Marketing to your audiences
British Commercial Vehicle Museum, Leyland
17th September 2015, 10am-3:30pm
FREE

Places are still available on this networking day looking at effective marketing of industrial heritage sites. This is the second day in our series of three industrial heritage days this year. The day includes a site tour of the British Commercial Vehicle Museum. Speakers include:

  • Keith Moyes & Lou Booth, BCVM, creating an internal audience development and marketing delivery team
  • Marge Ainsley, freelance communication specialist, effective social media for industrial heritage sites

To book a place click here

Numismatic conference – Penny Lane: Using and caring for numismatic collections
Museum of Liverpool
17th-18th September 2015
FREE

MDNW and the Money & Medals Network, in partnership with National Museums Liverpool and the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, are holding a two-day conference in Liverpool exploring how to make the most of underused numismatic collections. The conference is the culmination of nearly two years of work between MDNW and the Money & Medal Network to support numismatic collections in the North West.

Day 1 will look at using numismatic collections in outreach, learning and engagement. Speakers include:

  • National Museums Liverpool, House of Memories project
  • Lancashire County Museums Service, events and activities around the Silverdale Hoard
  • Debt Advice Foundation, teaching financial responsibility in schools, in partnership with the Harris Museum & Art Gallery

Day 2 will provide practical advice on caring for, curating and identifying numismatic collections. Topics include:

  • Common problems in documenting numismatics
  • Spotting the danger signs – deterioration of metals
  • Tips on displaying coins and medals
  • Identifying medieval coins
  • Identifying Roman coins

 To book a place on one or both days click here

Regional Museums Funding Fair
Pyramid & Parr Hall, Warrington
24th September 2015, 10.30am-3.30pm
FREE

It’s our third Regional Museums Funding Fair giving museums and arts professionals the opportunity to meet various funding organisations face-to-face. This year we have Arts Council England, Association of Independent Museums, Art Fund, Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy, Arts Marketing Association, Curious Minds, Heritage Alliance, Heritage Lottery Fund, Museums Association, Museums of Cheshire and the National Museum Directors Council.

We will also have a programme of workshops and presentations which will cover succesful bid writing, Grants for the Arts and crowdsourcing. Heritage Alliance will be running 1-2-1 consultancy and support sessions for anyone involved in fundraising for a heritage project – if you’re interested in having one of these sessions please contact Abi Lester – abi@institute-of-fundraising.org.uk

Finally Arts Council England will also be running 1-2-1 surgeries about their funding – to book one of these sessions please contact Eve MacPhee Eve.Macphee@artscouncil.org.uk

To book a FREE place for the event please visit our eventbrite page

PSI: Picture Seen Investigation! How the EU Public Sector Information Directive and changes to copyright law are affecting museums
Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston
29th September, 1pm-5pm
FREE

In 2013, the EU PSI Directive was extended to cover public museums, libraries and archives in the UK and this came into force in July 2015. The Directive means that under certain circumstances some museums will be required to make some information available to other users for re-use. In October 2014 copyright law changed to make it easier for cultural institutions to use, share and preserve their collections. Join experts in their field for an update on what these changes mean for museums in practice.

To book a place click here

A Practical Networking Event for Industrial Heritage Museums and Groups in the North West: Engagement and interpretation
Anson Engine Museum, Poynton
8th October 2015, 10am-3.30pm
FREE

This is the last in our series of three industrial heritage days this year. The day includes a site tour of Anson Engine Museum. Speakers include:

  • Mark Suggitt, Director, Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site – Interpreting heritage sites
  • Ian Bapty, Indsutrial Heritage Support Officer, Historic England – The sustainability agenda – industrial heritage’s potential for talking about the environment

To book a place click here

Roman Altar Stolen from Museum Display at Senhouse Roman Museum, Maryport

A small Roman altar, which was on display at the Senhouse Roman Museum, was stolen during museum opening hours on Thursday 13 August.

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The small red sandstone altar, which was discovered at the Maryport Roman site in 1880, measures 25cm high by 13cm wide and was professionally mounted for secure open display. It was forcibly wrenched from the exhibition. The altar would have been damaged during the theft. The altar’s value is its importance as part of the internationally significant Netherhall Collection rather than any monetary value.

Jane Laskey, the Museum Manager said: “Trustees, staff and volunteers are devastated by this theft. For 25 years the Senhouse Roman Museum has welcomed visitors into the museum. It has always been a priority to us that the collection is made accessible to everyone and we have trusted members of the public to value the collection too. It is very unpleasant to find that someone abused that trust to steal something that is such a significant part of the heritage of the people of Maryport. As a result of this incident the museum’s security has been reviewed.”

The museum has CCTV cameras, and footage from the week of the theft has been made available to the police.

Senhouse Roman Museum contact:
Jane Laskey (Museum Manager)
senhousemuseum@aol.com
01900 816168
07720267950

Cultural Education Conference: Shaping the Future of Cultural Education in the North West

Wednesday 16th Sept 2015
LICA, Lancaster University
£20.00
#stARTedinschool

Keynote Speaker: Lemn Sissay, Poet and Chancellor of Manchester University
What can NPO’s do to highlight the value of our Art-forms in schools?
How can we work with teachers to deliver arts subjects?
How can we collaborate and share best practice in order to support schools?

Curious Minds is pleased to invite partners from National Portfolio Organisations (NPO’s) and beyond to a conference exploring Cultural Education in schools across the North West. The day is for staff from NPOs who work with schools and other artists, companies and organisations with an interest in this area and will be an opportunity to:

• Create new networks
• Share and develop exciting practice (specifically within the art forms of drama, music, creative writing, visual arts and dance)
• Consider how we can work together as organisations to strengthen the offers we make to schools and teachers

The conference programme is a development of the ‘Artform Champion’ partnerships between Curious Minds and NPO partners: Action Transport Theatre, Live at LICA, The Lowry, Ludus Dance, More Music, and The Octagon Theatre Bolton.  Whilst the target audience is NPO staff working with schools, we would also welcome attendance from our Artistic Director and CEO colleagues. In the first instance, each NPO has been allocated 2 places.

The event will include debate about the future of various art forms in schools through panel discussions, seminars and keynotes from experienced practitioners. We have invited speakers with both regional and national profiles who are renowned for their cultural expertise and leadership. Throughout the day there will be opportunities to discuss and network with representatives of prominent cultural organisations. We know that NPOs are doing some exciting and inspiring work with schools and we want to create a space for people to connect, share practice and celebrate.  Following the day, the pledges we all make will inform our planning and development at Curious Minds.

To book a place please visit the eventbrite page.

If you have any questions about the event or queries about booking, please email us at events@curiousminds.org.uk or call the office on 01772 336639.

To make any offline bookings, please email paige@curiousminds.org.uk

Museums Funding Fair 2015

Pyramid & Parr Hall, Warrington
Thursday 24th September
10:30 – 15:30

It’s our third Regional Museums Funding Fair giving museums and arts professionals the opportunity to meet various funding organisations face-to-face. This year we have Arts Council England, Association of Independent Museums, Art Fund, Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy, Arts Marketing Association, Curious Minds, Heritage Alliance, Heritage Lottery Fund, Museums Association, Museums of Cheshire and the National Museum Directors Council.

We will also have a programme of workshops and presentations which will cover succesful bid writing, Grants for the Arts and crowdsourcing. Heritage Alliance will be running 1-2-1 consultancy and support sessions for anyone involved in fundraising for a heritage project – if you’re interested in having one of these sessions please contact Abi Lester – abi@institute-of-fundraising.org.uk

Finally Arts Council England will also be running 1-2-1 surgeries about their funding – to book one of these sessions please contact Eve MacPhee Eve.Macphee@artscouncil.org.uk

To book a FREE place for the event please visit our eventbrite page

Job Opportunity: The Atkinson

Sefton Council is seeking an artist with experience of engaging children and young people with special educational needs in creative activity.

The artist will work at The Atkinson on a 12 month project funded by Children and the Arts. The project is part of a nationwide programme called Start which makes cultural venues accessible to new generations.

Through the Start project, The Atkinson will work in partnership with three local special schools and deliver a 12 month programme of bespoke workshops and performances for children with a wide range special educational needs including autism, physical disabilities and learning disabilities.

This exciting opportunity has been advertised through the Council’s e-Tendering Portal, the Chest https://www.the-chest.org.uk.  Applicants must register with the Chest to be able to access this opportunity.  All applications must be made via the Chest Portal.

 

WIRP International Travel Grant Scheme

Details of the WIRP International Travel Grant Scheme are now available on the ICOM UK website. The scheme is offering a small number of travel grants to support non-national museums in England to work internationally.

The travel grants will enable recipients to undertake an international research visit in 2016 to museums and/or organisations abroad who they would otherwise not be able to meet with face-to-face. The intention is to support non-national museums who are starting to develop international contacts and/or projects, and who are exploring their potential to work internationally in a particular part of the world. Priority will be given to museums whose staff have not previously undertaken international travel as part of their work.

The total budget available for the travel grants is £12,000. Applications will be considered for grants of up to £2,000 per organisation or consortium.

The application form with eligibility and guidance notes can be downloaded from the ICOM UK website.

Applications open: Thursday 15th October 2015

Deadline for applications: 12:00 on Friday 30th October 2015

Successful applicants notified: w/c 16th November 2015

For any questions about the scheme, contact Dana Andrew, Project Co-ordinator, dana@cuello-andrew.co.uk

WIRP Workshops

A series of one-day workshops will take place across England between September 2015 and January 2017 for regional and local museums and galleries who are embarking on international work, or interested in finding out more about it.

Focussing on a particular theme or topic, the WIRP Workshops will enhance the skills, knowledge, and confidence of participants to develop international work, and provide information and advice on how to do so.

Relevant case studies will be presented alongside facilitated group work, and participants will have an opportunity to network with colleagues and speakers.

The following WIRP Workshops are now open for booking:

International Touring Exhibitions & Loans – Tuesday 22 September 2015, MShed, Bristol

https://wirp-workshop-international-touring.eventbrite.co.uk

Working with China – Wednesday 14 October 2015, York Castle Museum

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wirp-workshop-working-with-china-tickets-17848490315

Working with India – Monday 9 November 2015, Imperial War Museum, London

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wirp-workshop-working-with-india-tickets-18018276149

The fee for each workshop is £35 with a discounted fee of £25 for small organisations with less than 20,000 visitors per year.  The fee includes refreshments, lunch, and a delegate pack.

Places are limited so early booking through Eventbrite is advised.

Mentoring: The Next Creative Generation

6th November 2015, 10 am- 4.15 pm

Z-Arts, Manchester

The Course:

Following a successful three-year programme called Stepping Up Young Leaders Training, Artswork, Oxfordshire Youth Arts Partnership Trust (OYAP) and Oxford Brookes University have teamed up to bring you this course. We will introduce you to the principles of mentoring and give you the skills you will need as you prepare to support the next generation of creative practitioners.

In a challenging climate, investing in mentoring support for young artists can bring long-lasting benefits. Mentoring not only delivers enhanced skills through supportive relationships but also encourages self-directed learning and shapes behaviours that in turn, encourage growth in others

Ideal if: 

You want practical ways to develop and nurture the skills, knowledge and experience of emerging artists and arts managers in the early stages of their careers.

Special Features:

We are also able to offer this course in-house. Please contact Rachel Hall (below) for more details.

The Cost:

This course is priced at £130. Limited bursary places are also available. ENYAN members can benefit from 10% discount.

Book your place here: http://www.artswork.org.uk/event/83/  or contact rachelhall@artswork.org.uk  / 02380 332491 for further information and assistance

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