Category: Arts

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Programme Announces NPO Award

Arts Council England has announced that Cause4, which leads the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme, with consortium partners the Arts Marketing Association (AMA) and the University of Leeds, has become a National Portfolio Organisation due to commence from April 2018 for four years.

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy (AFP)’s mission is to strengthen cultural organisations’ resilience and sustainability by transforming their fundraising knowledge, skills and levels of success. The AFP Programme is delivered in partnership with consortium members: the Arts Marketing Association (AMA) and the University of Leeds with Cause4 as the lead partner organisation. Cause4 also works with a wide range of sector partners, individual practitioners and experienced consultants to deliver a Programme that empowers arts and cultural professionals across England to seize the considerable opportunities that fundraising offers; to help them form important relationships, develop different income streams and cultivate new commercial opportunities.

Consortium partners believe that fundraising is every cultural professional’s responsibility, and all professionals benefit, personally and professionally, from improving their fundraising knowledge and expertise. More importantly, artists, audiences and participants benefit from a cultural sector that has more financial flexibility, a healthy attitude to external partnerships and greater confidence in its public value.

AFP develops fundraisers across the arts, cultural and heritage sectors who are experienced and passionate about fundraising and development. As well as creating a sustainable legacy of case studies and complementary digital learning resources, AFP has also facilitated a burgeoning network of peer support across England, and fostered a culture of coaching and action learning that is having a broader influence on developmental practice in the sector.

Programme successes to date include:

  • A national annual programme of Essentials, Leadership and Trustee fundraising training;
  • A peer group of Regional Coordinators in each English region who help shape, test and develop the Programme;
  • Alumni of emerging and professional fundraisers who have taken part in a year-long academic and skills based leadership and fundraising Fellowship programme;
  • Funding of sector wide Networks to encourage and support collaboration and group learning in fundraising across England;
  • Culture Change bespoke training providing arts organisations with tailored support to help them adapt their income profiles and ensure the whole organisation becomes active in fundraising.

Michelle Wright Programme CEO of Cause4 and Programme Director of Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy said: ‘The Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Programme has developed an extensive programme across England to support individual artists and organisations to adapt their fundraising in a much more difficult and uncertain economic environment. The announcement from Arts Council England that Cause4 is to become an NPO comes at an important time and allows us to look at the development of new business models, accredited training programmes as well as a new programme of new online e-learning and digital resources which will leave an important legacy of data and information about best practice in fundraising development for the sector.”

For more information about AFP visit their website here.


Arts& Heritage News


10 artists have been selected to work in partnership with museums in the North of England, each creating a new piece of work in response to the museum and its collections.

The artists, who have been commissioned through the Meeting Point2 project, will work with venues ranging from a restored historic open-pan salt making site to an excavated monastic site dating back to the 12th century.

The 10 artists and museums are:

Artist                                                  Museum

Matt Stokes                                        Hexham Old Gaol, Northumberland

Owl Project                                         Prescot Museum, Knowsley

Brass Art                                             Chetham’s Library, Manchester

David Appleyard                               Norton Priory, Cheshire

Serena Partridge                               Gawthorpe Textiles Collection, Lancashire

Magnus Quaife                                   Portland Basin Museum, Ashton-under-Lyne

Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan      Experience Barnsley Museum & Discovery Centre

Lynn Setterington                               Brontë Parsonage Museum, West Yorkshire

Stephen Dixon and Alison Welsh        Preston Park Museum, Stockton on Tees

Martin Hylton                                       Lion Salt Works, Cheshire

Timandra Nichols, Director at Arts&Heritage, which initiated and is leading the project, said: “The artists each submitted proposals detailing how they would respond to the museums – the site and their collections. The venues we’re working with are varied and the artists responded with ideas which were thoughtful, exciting, and really took inspiration from some of the amazing museum buildings and collections.  

“The resulting works, when they are revealed later in the year, will not only be astounding pieces in their own right, but will also prompt audiences to think about the museums where the works are sited in a very different way.”

The Meeting Point2 project, which is funded through the Arts Council England’s Resilience Fund, aims to equip museums with the knowledge and skills to commission work from artists again in the future, as well as presenting new works in unexpected places.

The selected artists are known for work ranging from fusions of sculpture and sound art, to textile works and film.

Sheffield-based artist David Appleyard, who will be working in partnership with Norton Priory Museum, said: There is something very special about Norton Priory Museum. My research visits left me literally spellbound so I’m absolutely delighted to be involved in their MeetingPoint2 project. The project offers a rare opportunity to work with a very dedicated team in a place steeped in 900 years of history.”

Brass Art, who will be working with Chetham’s Library in Manchester, said: “We are delighted to have been selected to work with Chetham’s Library. The enthusiasm of the staff there is infectious; we’re looking forward to working with them closely to bring our collaborative practice and aspects of their fascinating collection together.”

Martin Hylton, who will work with Lion Salt Works in Cheshire, said: “I am excited to have been selected to create a newly commissioned piece in response to the Lion Salt Works. I am looking forward to working with the team, and local young dancers to realise this very exciting project.”

The 10 selected artists will create their commissions during 2017.

The programme builds on a successful pilot which took place in 2016 and saw artists working with museums across the North East and Yorkshire.

More details are available at


Meeting Point: Arts&Heritage working with museums and artists

From Arts&Heritage: 

We’re contacting you with a fantastic opportunity to work with artists to broaden your audience reach You may have heard that Arts&Heritage, a Northumberland based agency with specialism in working with museums and heritage organisations has been awarded funding to run the second phase of their action learning programme Meeting Point.

This is an exciting opportunity for modest sized museums in the North East, Yorkshire and the North West. The programme, which is detailed in the attached document, results in an artist’s commission within your collection or space as well as a supporting programme of workshops and talks.

Meeting Point has been running in the North East and Yorkshire for the past year and has been extremely successful. Details of it can be found on the Arts&Heritage website and you are invited to launch events at those museums. The next event is Kirkleatham Museum, Cleveland and Redcar on August 30th and Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds on September 15th.

The choice of museums to be included in this second phase will be a competitive one and we do need to receive your early interest by Friday 24th September. We know that this is a busy time for you, but please take time to read through the attached document and email your interest to me by the September date. You will see that all travel expenses and associated costs are provided for within the MP budget, as is a commissioning budget, marketing and photography etc. What we need from you is the commitment of your time. To apply, please fill out an online form at

For more information about the programme please download the programme information: MP2 – museums what to expect.

Artswork training courses

Artswork, the National Youth Arts Development Agency, has a number of training courses taking place this summer in Manchester which may be of interest to museums.

Starting out as a Freelancer

15th July 2015, 10am- 4:15pm, HOME, Manchester

The Course:

An all-round introduction to becoming a successful freelance practitioner working with young people in the arts and cultural sectors. You have the passion and the ability, and now is the time to take that leap. This course is designed to make sure you have the know-how to develop and deliver best practice work as a solo professional.

We will guide you through the process of project management as you build up your arsenal of skills. Let us share our knowledge on a range of topics to make you attractive to prospective funders, partners and commissioning organisations.

This one day course covers a range of useful introductory topics – if you are looking for deeper knowledge and detail, we recommend the Youth Arts Project Management course.

Ideal if:

You want to learn more about becoming a freelance practitioner in the youth arts and cultural sector.

You will gain:

  • The need to know on current legislation, health and safety
  • Understanding on being inclusive: diversity, inclusion and equal opportunities
  • A personal skills audit – identifying your strengths and weaknesses
  • Knowledge on partnership working – how to get the most out of your collaborative projects
  • Evaluation techniques and an overview on project management

The Cost:

Places on this course cost £130 which includes certification, lunch and refreshments throughout the day

English National Youth Arts Network members receive 10% discount on spaces.

Youth Arts Project Management

6-day Accredited Course

8th and 9th September, 7th and 8th October, 3rd and 4th November

10 am- 4.15 pm, HOME, Manchester

 Designed for people working in the arts and cultural sector wanting to manage projects for young people, our six-dayer will leave you fully equipped and inspired to successfully deliver your very own youth arts projects.

Exploring the philosophy and principles of youth arts, you will develop strategies and gain the skills needed to devise a youth arts project, with, for and by young people. We will take you through from the initial ideas and planning stages, through to using professional artists, funding, marketing and evaluation.

Accredited by Buckingham New University (20 credits, Level 5), assessment takes place in a variety of ways – through a reflective learning journal, a case study assignment and active involvement in discussions throughout the course.

Ideal if:

You want an in-depth, informative introduction to developing and running your own youth arts projects.

You will gain:

  • The knowledge to plan and produce effective strategies
  • Time to focus, explore and develop your thinking
  • Tips on how to cost work and plan budgets
  • Understanding on funding, from the Arts Council to the local shop
  • Advice on how to use your resources wisely
  • Familiarity on the principles and practice of equal opportunities
  • Development through peer discussions with a close group of like-mind professionals
  • Exploration around the intrinsic and extrinsic value of youth arts activity
  • Real world learning
  • Marketing and publicity know-how
  • The art of creative evaluation: planning, delivery and development of future practice

Special Features:

  • A range of resources exclusive to you as an attendee, including the Get Sorted Budgeting and Fundraising guide.

The Cost:

This course is priced at £400, all inclusive of accreditation, certification, lunch and refreshments for all six sessions.

For both courses contact Rachel Hall via  / 02380 332491 for further advice and information or to book a place. Limited bursaries are also available – please contact us for further details.

All English National Youth Arts Network (ENYAN) members qualify for a 10% discount off this and other selected courses.