Category: Events

Child Protection & Safeguarding: in the arts and cultural sectors

Thursday 12th October 2017
HOME, Manchester
10:00 – 16:15

The Course:

Of benefit to individuals and organisations looking to update their understanding of child protection legislation and best practice, this course provides a full update on current child protection legislation, including the Disclosure and Barring service, the Duty to Refer and Working Together.

The day will provide practical advice to help you develop sensible structures and build confidence around child protection issues, within the context of developing and delivering creative and cultural projects for children and young people.  The course also includes a “safe touch” section, exploring how child protection guidelines can be maintained within more physical art forms. 

Ideal for:

  • Anyone working in the arts and cultural sectors with children and young people

You will gain:

  • An update on current child protection legislation and best practice
  • Information on the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), and how to handle disclosure
  • Ideas for developing child protection policies
  • Safe Touch – information on how child protection guidelines can be maintained within more physical art forms

Course cost:

The course costs £130. The day includes lunch, refreshments and a certificate of attendance for each delegate. English National Youth Arts Network members receive 10% discount on spaces. Membership is FREE – sign up here.

Book your place online here or contact / 02380 332491


MAKE : SHIFT : DO 2017

Host an Event or Workshop

Make:Shift:Do is the Crafts Council’s annual festival of new making. A celebration of craft innovation, it offers families, children, and young people hands-on experiences of emerging craft technologies, new materials and digital making including 3D printing, laser-cutting, CNC milling, open-source making, electronic textiles, smart materials, digital printing, digital embroidery, robot building, creative coding, and bio design.

Bursaries are available to help makerspaces, fab labs, science centres, galleries and other venues offer free workshops and open days to introduce families and young people to cutting-edge approaches to making, changing perceptions of the meaning of ‘craft’ and revealing its real world potential.


Make:Shift:Do 2017 poses a craft wellbeing challenge: What craft interventions can make the world a healthier, happier place? How can craft innovation help us understand the relationship between body and mind, improve how we communicate with each other, consider what we eat and drink, understand our mental health, or accommodate specific physical and mental needs?

Bursaries are available to support venues to hold Open Days (£100), Workshops (£300), or Partnership Workshops (£400). All events must be free to attend. Funding is only available to venues in England but organisations wanting to host events in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will still receive promotional support. 2016 venues and partners included the V&A, Royal Academy of Arts, Centre for Fine Print Research at UWE, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, and Fab Lab Nerve Centre. Visit for further details of the programe.

How to Apply

To apply please create an account or log-in via the Crafts Council website dashboard.

Seminar: Contemporary Artists in Rural Contexts II

Thursday 12th October, 11.00am – 4.15pm
Victoria Hall, Settle

This is the second in a series of training and development events organised by Chrysalis Arts which will explore how artists working in rural environments or with rural themes are developing new platforms and approaches to visual arts practice. The programme will:

  • Showcase current examples of innovative artistic practice from across the UK
  • Explore how artists are engaging with some of the challenges and issues facing rural communities
  • Offer an international perspective on contemporary rural practice and the benefits of networking, collaboration and co-operation
  • Include opportunities for themed discussion and information sharing

For artists, arts managers, national parks, local authorities, community and environmental officers and others who commission and collaborate with artists.

Cost: (Buffet lunch included) full price – £35.

Discounted fee for unwaged and emerging artists* – £28.

*within first three years of practice.

To book: contact / 01756 748529.

Museums Funding Fair 2017

Thursday 21st September
Pyramid & Parr Hall, Warrington
11:00 – 15:00

We’re pleased to be hosting our 5th Annual Museums Funding Fair giving museums and arts professionals the opportunity to meet various funding organisations face-to-face.
Due to the success of last year we are pleased to also have a number of national museums in attendance to discuss potential partnership projects and loans.
The fair will also include a variety of workshops from the some of the organisations above and there will also be a workshop looking at how to write successful funding bids.

Organisations that will be present are:

  • Art Fund
  • Arts Council England
  • Association of Independent Museums
  • British Museum
  • Curious Minds
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Museums Association
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • NWFed
  • Purchase Grant Fund
  • Tate

To book a place please visit our eventbrite page.

For more information and to book a 1:1 session with Arts Council England please contact Alex Bird, Sector Development Officer at

Invitation for Popular History Presentations LGBT History Month 2018

Schools OUT UK is delighted to announce the Invitation for History & Archival Presentations for the 4th National Festival of LGBT History to be celebrated at Regional Hubs throughout the country during LGBT History Month (February) 2018.

This year Schools Out invite individuals and groups to showcase either:

  1. A historical reading of the past, or
  2. An archival source and personal oral testimonies, sets of photos, or significant documents and the stories behind them
  3. A researched presentation on a piece of unknown LGBT history

Your historical presentation/reading/interpretation might be a presentation/explanation of a past – local, regional or national:

  • event or related events of direct relevance to the Human/LGBT Rights agenda & experience
  • history of a group or a specific campaign
  • an account of a personal journey that includes a number of view-points

The theme for LGBT History Month 2018 is Geography: Mapping the world. This is to enable us to reach out to a more international perspective and link with the concept of Mapping ideas, experiences and concepts with a LGBT focus. While we would love presentations on the theme we are not exclusive of other ideas and themes such as 2018 is the 30thanniversary of section 28!

Each festival presentation will be no more than twenty minutes long, followed by a ten-minute Q&A session. We are particularly keen to showcase past experiences and history presentations from those sections of our community whom we too rarely hear from, such as; black and ethnic minority, disabled and bisexual people, and their history.

OUTing the Past 2017 (aka National Festival of LGBT History) presentations included: Mark Hignett, “Soldiers in Love, Park Hall Camp, Oswestry in WW2”; Kate Hutchinson, “Blurring the Lines: Trans representation & gender expression in rock music”; Hilary McCollum, “Sapphic Suffragettes: The key role of lesbians in the fight for Votes for Women”; Jane Hoy & Helen Sandler, “The oldest New Woman and her incorrigible Welsh friend”; Peter Purton, “Trade unions championing LGBT equality“; Gwen Farrar and Norah Blaney: Our love is a thing apart”; Caroline Paige, “True Colours, Trailblazing Transgender Service in the British Military”.

Your presentations source might be:

  • A testimony about a personal or collective experience
  • A set of campaigning leaflets/publicity and the story behind them
  • Personal or other photo-images and the stories behind them
  • A letter or document that again provides a reading of that past commonly ignored or denied.

What all categories of presentations have in common is that they help educate the general public about the neglected understanding of past attitudes towards sex and gender.

For more information please click here.

Evaluating Youth Arts Projects Workshop

Wednesday 12th July 2017
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
10:30 – 16:45

We know evaluating youth arts projects can seem daunting at first, so this course is designed to support you as you make those first steps. Developed to help you cultivate meaningful and beneficial modes of evaluating youth arts projects – and prepare you for your own evaluative process through creative examples and useful case studies.

Ideal if you want a practical day and the chance to tailor your approach to creative evaluation. This course will give you the confidence you need to engage fully with evaluating youth arts.

You will gain:

  • Demystification of evaluation myths
  • Meaningful modes of evaluation
  • Case studies – different approaches to youth arts evaluation
  • A range of creative tools and techniques
  • Shaping your individual approach – how to engage with youth arts projects

Cost: £130 per person, including lunch, refreshments and a certificate of attendance for each delegate. Limited bursary places are available. English National Youth Arts Network members receive 10% discount on spaces. Membership is FREE – sign up here

Book your place online at or contact / 02380 332491 for further information.

Museums Funding Fair 2017

Thursday 21st September
Pyramid & Parr Hall, Warrington

MDNW are set to host our 5th Regional Museums Funding Fair giving museums and arts professionals the opportunity to meet various funding organisations face-to-face. This year we will welcome Arts Council England, Association of Independent Museums, Curious Minds, and the representatives from the Purchase Grants Fund amongst others. We are also inviting representatives from national museums to partake in the Fair to discuss partnership opportunities and support available.

The Fair will include a variety of workshops from the organisations previously mentioned, including a workshop looking at how to write a funding bid.

We will share further details about this year’s fair closer to the time of the event.

Bite the bullet: Managing firearms and other tricky collections event

Wednesday 26th July
Royal Armouries, Leeds
£11.21 – £16.52

Led by ICON Care of Collections and Metals Groups this day will include papers, discussions and practical collections care applications for the management of firearms, weapons and hazardous collections. It is aimed at anyone with any involvement with, or responsibility for, care and management of such collections.

The provisional timetable for the day is:

10:00 – Tea and Coffee on arrival

10:15 – Welcome and Introduction

10:30 – Collection hazards: An Introduction

11:00 – Firearms and weapons: Key considerations

12:00 – Lunch, delegates to provide their own lunch

13:00 – Handling of firearms/weapons/other hazards

14:00 – Packing and Transport of firearms/weapons/other hazards

14:30 – Tea and Coffee

15:00 – Scenario/group work/panel discussion

16:00 – End

To book a place visit the eventbrite page.

Up and Coming Training Opportunities

Access in Museums: Strategies for welcoming visitors and students with ASD

Thursday 27th July, National Civil War Centre, Newark

Access in Mind will be delivering a one day workshop looking at strategies to improving access to setting facilities and activities for people with ASD, ADHD and sensory processing difficulties. This training day will include recognising characteristics, understanding the effect of the environment on sensory processing and managing challenging behaviour.

Claire Jackson and Juanita Lendon from Access in Mind are qualified teachers, with more than 20 years experience each, of supporting young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). They will be providing their expertise to help you make your museums more accessible to visitors with ASD, ADHD and sensory processing difficulties.

Due to the support of Museum Development East Midlands this event is free for both GEM members and non-members. Priority booking will be given to those from Accredited museums or working towards Accreditation.

For more details and to book your place please follow this link.

Depicting Dress: a professional workshop on male and female dress in 18th-century portraits

Wednesday 20th September, 
School of Historical Dress, London

Learning colleagues working with portraits or costume are welcome to apply for this upcoming workshop, a collaborative event offered by the Understanding British Portraits professional network and The School of Historical Dress

This practical workshop will be delivered by the School of Historical Dress at its new premises in Lambeth. Delegates will have a special opportunity to learn from three of the School’s experienced teachers, and observe practical clothing demonstrations and dressings using its remarkable private archive. Participants will also have the chance to handle historical fabrics and garments, and discuss costume in particular portraits in their collections.

Please visit the website for details of how to apply.

Deadline for expressions of interest: Friday 28 July 2017.

British Museum Opportunities

NEW: Collections Skills Sharing Session 7 August 2017 – ‘Collections Moves: A Case Study’

Booking is now open for a free collections skills sharing session on Monday 7 August at the British Museum, using a recent emergency decant as a case study for collections moves. The session is for people working or volunteering within the museum and heritage sector, with travel bursaries available for those who might otherwise not be able to attend thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. Tickets are free, but booking is essential via Eventbrite.

REMINDER: Marsh Awards – 3 weeks to go!

Applications are still open for this year’s Volunteers for Museum Learning Award, presented by the British Museum and the Marsh Christian Trust. The award celebrates the contribution of volunteers in museums, galleries and heritage sites all over the United Kingdom. Winners of the twelve regional awards will each receive a £500 prize. An overall national winner will also be chosen and they will receive an additional £2,000. Prizes will be awarded at a ceremony at the British Museum in September 2017. For more information and to apply, please visit the British Museum website. The closing date for applications is Friday, 14 July 2017.