Arts Council England has commissioned DC Research to carry out a Scoping Study entitled ‘Mapping of Museum Data in England’. The study aims to increase Arts Council England’s understanding of the current data collection practice in the museum sector. It includes mapping existing data collection, as well as identifying issues and making recommendations for future data collection.
As part of the scoping study, a survey of museums across England is being carried out to ensure that the perspectives of individual museums and museums services form an important part of the consultation process. This survey provides you with the opportunity to contribute your views on these issues, and help inform and influence future data collection arrangements.
The survey is available here and the deadline for submitting survey responses is Wednesday 23rd August 2017.
ACE look forward to receiving your response and would like to thank you in advance for taking the time to contribute to this important study.
Arts Council England is funding a two-year programme called Building Resilience, which aims to help arts and culture organisations build their financial and business resilience.
The providers are running four different programmes, focusing on different areas of resilience. These programmes are open to all kinds of arts and cultural organisations, including Accredited museums.
The four programmes are:
- Making the most of your assets and IP (application deadline 22nd June 2017)
- Fundraising and Revenue Diversification (application deadline 31st July 2017)
- Diversity and Entrepreneurism (application deadline 14th July 2017)
- Change Management (application deadline 17th July 2017)
For further details see ACE’s website – http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/resilience-and-sustainability/support-and-guidance
Friday 7th July
10:30 – 11:30
From What Next?:
Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair of Arts Council England, is coming to What Next? GMR to talk about the funding landscape and case making for arts and culture in the current economic and politica landscape.
What Next? is a growing collective of arts and cultural organisations who have come together to promote engagement with, and support for, the cultural work that takes place day-in and day-out around the country.
Our purpose is to find new ways of engaging with ‘the public’ – our audience and visitors, as well as our potential audience and visitors: the ever-expanding millions who value and take part in the work made with, for and by them.
Our task is to encourage people to see connections between the many different ways art and culture affects and enhances their lives. We want to urge them to register their endorsement of their art and culture, especially where these are under threat.
What Next? groups now meet regularly in a number of major UK centres, including Greater Manchester. Sessions often include a guest speaker invited to provoke, inform, stimulate and challenge our thinking. At the end of their presentation we open the floor to questions to stimulate discussion. Recent speakers have included Michael Oglesby, Ed Vaizey, Alison Clark, Alan Higgins, Sir Richard Leese, Nick Merriman.
To book a ticket please visit the eventbrite page and please note that this event is for those working in Greater Manchester only.
In 2016 we announced details of Arts Council England’s grant programme for museums to borrow loans for display and to meet the requirements of the Government Indemnity Scheme. This year’s funding allocation was announced early to give sufficient lead in time for museums to approach nationals and Major Partner Museums to request loans.
£132,000 has been allocated for museums in the North West in 2017-18 and the funding will be distributed through MDNW. A single museum can apply for a minimum of £10,000 to a maximum of £50,000. A consortium of museums can apply for a maximum of £80,000.
The funding must be used for exhibitions and displays which include loans from one or more of the following, in order of priority:
- national museums and Major Partner Museums
- other Accredited museums in the UK
- publicly-funded museums overseas
The loan(s) must be confirmed between the borrowing and lending organisations prior to application to this fund.
To apply for “Ready to Borrow” funding you MUST attend one of the surgeries held by the MDNW team for advice and guidance before submitting an application. We will not accept applications from museums that have not attended. The surgeries are:
3rd July 2017
Salford Museum & Art Gallery
12th July 2017
Lancaster City Museum
19th July 2017
Each surgery will run from 10am to 12.30pm. To book your place at a surgery, please complete this form. We will confirm your surgery slots nearer the time once we know how many people are attending each day. The deadline for booking a surgery slot is 12th June.
For further details on eligibility and timescales, refer to the ACE Ready to Borrow guidance 2017-18 and the ACE Ready to Borrow Application Form. Please read through these before contacting one of the team for advice.
We’ve just published new guidance for our Catalyst small grants programme. The funding page is here where the applicant guidance can be downloaded.
The £3 million programme aims to build fundraising capacity and encourage more private giving to arts and culture. Organisations will be able to apply for a one off small grant from between £10,000 and £30,000.
Museums and libraries can now apply for funding. This reflects the changes we have made to our wider investment approach: for the first time, arts organisations, museums, and libraries are able to apply for National Portfolio investment, Grants for Arts and Culture and our strategic funds. Integrating funding will stimulate greater collaboration between arts organisations, museums and libraries, and build on the existing links between them. This is a positive development for practitioners, audiences and communities, and we are already seeing the benefits of this at a local level, where museums, libraries and arts organisations collaborate on creative and cultural projects. We believe that this approach will help us achieve our strategic goals by identifying and funding work of the highest quality, representing the best public value, whether created in a museum, an arts organisation or a library.
Arts Council England announced this week that they will be undertaking a light touch review of certain aspects of the Museum Accreditation scheme in 2017. The scheme, which launched in 1988, helps museums secure long-term public access to sustainable collections by promoting shared standards in how they are run, how they manage their collections and the experiences of users. To allow Arts Council England to focus on the review, there will be a revision of the Accreditation submission schedule in England for 2017.
This includes prioritising: new applications, responses to museums experiencing significant change, provisional Accreditation reviews and those who have already applied. Museums in England due to reapply for Accreditation in 2017, will now remain part of the scheme for an additional 12 months. These museums will then reapply in 2018. This will not affect any applications to Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation. Reviewing the Museum Accreditation scheme and how it will affect your museum
Applications are now open for the Museums and Resilient Leadership Programme (MRL) – a unique year-long development course fully funded by Arts Council England.
Described as “life changing”, it is designed to help you become a cultural leader for the 21st Century, resilient and entrepreneurial.
Participants receive £7,500 worth of development training, comprising:
- A 5 day overseas study visit to museums in a country of your choice
- 2 x 3 day residential workshops
- 8 workshops and masterclasses on leadership, governance, finance, skills and models
- An online leadership resource bank
- A personal mentor
- A personal programme learning log for your MRL year
The Programme draws on a wealth of knowledge and insight about leadership in the cultural and commercial sectors. It puts this learning at your disposal in inspirational settings.
MRL is a project of Black Country Living Museum as part of its MPM programme with Culture Coventry.
To find out more, call MRL’s Directors now:
Stephen Feber 07515 338535 Nick Winterbotham 07775 774539
On Monday 12 December Arts Council England, will be streaming live from their ‘Power Through Diversity’ one-day conference in Manchester. The conference aims to provoke debate, inspire change and celebrate good practice around diversity in the sector. You can watch all the speakers and discussion from the comfort of your desk. The live stream will be available from 11am-5pm on 12 December Arts Council England Live Stream: Power Through Diversity
From Arts Council England:
In December 2015, BOP Consulting with The Museum Consultancy were commissioned by Arts Council England and Museums Galleries Scotland, along with the Museums Association and the Association of Independent Museums to undertake research on the attitudes, behaviours and skills needed by the museum workforce over the immediate future.