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.
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.
Assessor, Museums Accreditation vacancy
Based at the Foundry, Birmingham with some travel in England
Salary £25,581 per annum, plus excellent benefits
Contract: Fixed term to 30 June 2017, working 35 hours per week
Job ref: ARTCF32.i
ACE are looking for an Assessor, Museums Accreditation to join the Accreditation team based in Birmingham within Arts Council’s Collections and Cultural Property team, part of the Arts and Culture Department. This vacancy is to 30 June 2017 to cover a period of maternity leave.
The successful candidate will have an awareness of collection management and museum practice gained through experience of working in museums or similar cultural organisations. You will have a basic understanding of governance and management structures in the cultural sector. Knowledge of current Arts Council and wider museum sector activity, direction and initiatives would be highly beneficial.
You will have excellent interpersonal, negotiation skills and planning skills and have experience of critically analysing business information, identifying challenges and opportunities.
You will have strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to think creatively, exercising sound judgement and making decisions, influencing and persuading people at all levels. You will be highly organised with the ability to juggle multiple priorities and remain calm under pressure.
You must have experience of developing and maintaining positive relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.
For more information click here
Deadline for applications: Midnight on Friday 2 September
About the fund
The Celebrating Age programme is jointly funded by Arts Council England and the Baring Foundation and supports the shared objectives of both organisations.
The programme will support cultural spaces and other organisations working collaboratively, in a partnership or as a consortium, to do one or more of the following:
Support arts and cultural spaces to be open, positive and welcoming places for older people. This could involve:
- empowering older people to help shape what’s on offer or lead quality activities
- embedding proven approaches to engaging older people as visitors, audiences, or participants in creative processes (e.g. ambassadors or buddying schemes)
- testing and applying new ways to engage older people
- commissioning older artists or art that has particular relevance for older people
- showcasing or curating and celebrating art created by and with older people
Taking arts and culture into places where older people will find it easier to engage
This could involve:
- residential care settings or sheltered accommodation
- social and community settings (e.g. luncheon clubs)
The grant range for this programme is £50,000 – £100,000.
To find out more about what the fund supports and how to apply visit the Arts Council England website.
The closing date for applications is 12 noon, Thursday 13 October 2016
Arts council England (ACE) has announced the recipients of the second round of Museum Resilience Funding, totaling £12.2 million. The investment will help 94 museums and organisations around the country to become more sustainable and help to secure the future of our museums.
Successful North West applicants:
Read more on the ACE website here.