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Meeting Point3 Programme Now Open for Applications

From Arts&Heritage:

Arts&Heritage is pleased to introduce the third phase of our Meeting Point contemporary art commissioning and CPD programme for museums in the North.

We have places for six museums from across the North of England to join the programme.

This is an exciting opportunity to test out contemporary art programming within your museum/site to deliver significant organisational change. You will join a growing group of museums who have worked with imaginative, creative visual artists, choreographers, musicians and filmmakers to produce new works that respond directly to location/collection/story. Each museum taking part in MP3 will receive a commissioning budget, PR and marketing support, filmmaker and photographer and a separate budget for public engagement. In addition you will be mentored and supported throughout by Arts&Heritage. We will be rolling out the programme to different geographical areas from 2019, but for 2018 we are inviting applications from museums based in the North East, North West and Yorkshire.

The 19 museums that have previously taken part in Meeting Point have been part of an action-learning programme resulting in a contemporary work being commissioned by the museum. The results have ranged from new choreography and 3D virtual experience to land art, performance and installation. Please visit our website http://www.artsandheritage.org.uk/museums for more information and specific case studies.

Our Meeting Point programme is an intensive CPD programme that includes visits to artists’ studios and meetings with gallery curators; workshops on how to write an artist brief and how to select artists, through to contracts, project planning and budgets. We also work with museums on an individual basis, supporting them throughout as they work with their artist. Meeting Point enables museum staff to gain essential skills in the commissioning of contemporary art and demonstrates the value of bringing artists into the museum and heritage sector. MP3 is part of the Sector Support programme led by Arts&Heritage through funding by Arts Council England.

Information for museums wishing to take part in Meeting Point 3


Meeting Point3 will commence July 2018, with workshops and visits taking place from September 2018 through to June 2020. The artists’ commissions are expected to be realised at any time from summer 2019 through to summer 2020, depending on the needs of the individual museum.

The benefits of joining the programme are:

  • Being part of a network of museums for shared learning and support – this includes workshops and visits to meet artists and curators 
  • A £11k commission fee to commission an artist – to include all expenses, materials, installation and de-installation
  • 4 x £500 proposal fees for 4 shortlisted artists for your commission – to help you select the right artist for you
  • A full day when you will meet artists, writers, architects, performers, musicians and designers who will hear from you about your museum and its collection
  • Support from one member of the Arts&Heritage team throughout the artist selection and commission process
  • Support with documentation of your project by an experienced photographer and an experienced filmmaker
  • Support with marketing from experienced Press and PR professionals – this includes drafting a press release, advising on social media content etc
  • £500 to spend on marketing/promotion as you wish in consultation with your selected artist and Arts&Heritage
  • £500 to spend on outreach/public programming work relating to your commission – workshops, artist’s talks etc
  • An online case study of your project that will be promoted on the Arts&Heritage website – and can be used on your own
  • A short video clip (approximately 2 minutes) of your project including a conversation with the artist and yourselves that you can use in promotion/on your websit
  • Being part of a longer film of the project together with the other participants
  • Free attendance at a one-day seminar on commissioning contemporary art in heritage/museum contexts
  • Travel costs to all workshops and events.


Meeting Point is a highly regarded CPD and commissioning programme, funded by Arts Council England, and we require all museums that take part to be actively engaged throughout the programme schedule and have support from their senior management to do so. Specifically this means a commitment to attend all workshops


Deadline for application is 9th July 2018.
Shortlisting will take place 18th July 2018.
Shortlisted museums will be visited by members of the A&H team during the weeks commencing 23rd and 30th July for interview.
Announcements of successful museums mid-August 2018.

For the full details please see the Programme Outline.


Meeting Point: Contemporary Art In Historic Sites

Free Introductory Workshop
Monday 18th June 2018, 10:30 – 12:30
City Workshop, The Tetley, Leeds

Calling all museums and heritage sites in the North

Find out about this highly regarded, competitive Arts Council-funded programme led by Arts&Heritage that mentors museum staff as they commission an artist, writer, performer or musician for their site.

Arts&Heritage are inviting interest from small to modest sized museums in the North who demonstrate commitment to a lively and informed programme of workshops, visits to artists’ studios, meeting with art curators and managing an £11,000 commissioning budget with PR and marketing support. Arts&Heritage will also provide a filmmaker and photographer to document your commission. Six museums will be selected to take part in Meeting Point3 – come along to find out what the programme could do for you.

A FREE introductory workshop will take place on Monday 18th June at The Tetley, Leeds www.thetetley.org where you will hear about the Meeting Point programme.

Spaces are limited, and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, so please book early.

Please RSVP to becky@artsandheritage.org.uk by Friday 8th June.

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The Wandering Jewish Museum

Paid Artist Development Opportunity at Manchester Jewish Museum and Manchester Central Library, in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre. 

From Manchester Jewish Museum (MJM):

MJM is looking for a diverse group of artists to take part in a paid 1-day development opportunity on Thursday 17th May 2018 (11am-5pm). You will be paid £100 for your time. 

We are seeking artists from a variety of backgrounds and welcome applications from artists with experience in a range of art forms, from theatre to visual art, spoken word to dance and beyond.

For the rest of 2018 we will be working in collaboration with artists to explore the themes of our collection and better understand how we can carry our unique identity with us as we leave our building and establish ourselves in new locations across the city. We want to explore the provocation of ‘Wandering’ and how this could connect to our key themes of journeys, communities and identities.

One of our key commissions will involve working in collaboration with MJM staff, volunteers and audiences as well as other artists to Scratch ideas that shape the look, feel and function of our temporary home in Central Library and ensure that although temporary, this space retains the soul of the museum and reflects our core values. If you are interested in the creation of playful, immersive spaces which can serve as a backdrop to innovative, creative, cultural exchange and learning – we want to hear from you.

As the first step in this commissioning process, the Inspiration Day is designed to be a development opportunity for artists, exploring more about best practice examples of this kind of work, and for members of the museum team to discover more about each artist’s individual practice.  After the inspiration day, everyone who attended will be invited to respond to a brief and we will then shortlist the idea we wish to take forward.

To find out more and apply, download the call-out here.

Makers In Museums Symposium with Ruth Singer

Gawthorpe Hall, Burnley
Wednesday 6th June
11:00 – 16:30 

Makers In Museums is designed for makers, particularly textile makers, who want to develop their work inspired by and in partnership with museums and heritage. It includes talks from makers and curators, an exhibition tour with Ruth Singer and activities to help makers plan and develop new work inspired by heritage collections. 

Ruth Singer is a textile artist with a background working in museums and learning. Her solo exhibition Emotional Repair is on display at Gawthorpe Hall until 24 June 2018. The themes she explores in Emotional Repair include mourning, loss and emotional healing and form the backdrop to the discussions in this symposium. Speakers include Ruth Singer, textile artist Hayley Mills-Styles and curator Jenny Waterson and further speakers will be confirmed shortly.

Tickets: £12 artists/students, £25 salaried professionals. To book click here

The Open Contemporary Young Artist Award – Call For Submissions 

Deadline: Sunday 1st April 2018

The Biscuit Factory Foundation has announced a national open call for young artists working across various mediums. 

The Open Contemporary Young Artist Award is an opportunity for artists 35 years old or younger working in the UK today to submit work to be included in an exhibition at The Biscuit Factory Gallery in Newcastle upon Tyne.

The Open Contemporary Young Artist Award will profile the successful entrants and raise awareness of mixed contemporary art practices. The Biscuit Factory welcomes submissions including painting, photography, original handmade prints, sculpture, glass, ceramics, textiles and jewellery. 

The winner will receive £1,000 and the opportunity for a solo show of work at The Biscuit Factory, along with a comprehensive press package. There will also be a People’s Choice Winner, voted for by the public, and they will receive a £250 prize. All finalists will receive online and print coverage.

For further information, and to apply, visit Curatorspace.com.

Collection of the Artists: Symposium

Tuesday 21st November
Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

With the support of an Arts Council England Grant for the Arts award, four artists have created new work in response to the collection and the landscape. Their journeys of creativity and collaboration have raised awareness of both the great potential and the challenges that arise when the worlds of art, heritage and gallery development collide.

You are invited to join the Collection of the Artists for a day, to share and enrich your and our learning. 

To book your place click here.

Collection of the Artists: Symposium

Tuesday 21st November
Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery has a long tradition of working with and supporting artists. In the last two years, a major refurbishment of the Wonders of the Peak Gallery allowed artists to work closely with the collections. With support of the Heritage Lottery fund, three artists have been in residence: Amanda Johnson, a composer; Richard Johnson, a visual artist and Gordon MacLellan, a story teller and poet. They have supported a range of community engagement programmes at the museum and in the landscape.

With the support of an Arts Council England Grant for the Arts award, four more artists have created new work in response to the collection and the landscape. Their journeys of creativity and collaboration have raised awareness of both the great potential and the challenges that arise when the worlds of art, heritage and gallery development collide.

You are invited to join the Collection of the Artists for a day, to share and enrich your and our learning. 

To book your place click here.

Moving Image Fund for Museums

A scheme from Art Fund and Thomas Dane Gallery that helps galleries and museums build their artists’ films collections to share with the nation.

The second round of the Moving Image Fund is now open for applications. The deadline is midday on Monday 30 October 2017.

What is the the Moving Image Fund?

The Moving Image Fund was created in 2015 to address the challenges that UK museums face when building their collections of moving-image works. The first scheme of its kind in the UK, it aims to ensure that the most significant works of contemporary film and video art can be bought for public collections. It is an Art Fund project conceived in partnership with and supported by Thomas Dane Gallery.

It is generously supported by the Ampersand Foundation, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, Thomas Dane Gallery, Gerry Fox, David and Rose Heyman, Pierre Lagrange, Rebecca Marks, the Outset Young Production Fund, the Rothschild Foundation and the Sfumato Foundation.

The first two venues to benefit from the fund were the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne and the Whitworth in Manchester; each was given £200,000 during the first round of the scheme which ran from 2015 to 2017 to help develop their moving-image collections.

This next round for applications is now open and involves:

  • Acquisitions: working with two new museum partners (in addition to the Towner and Whitworth) to provide them with up to £200,000 each to acquire extant film and video (museums are expected to contribute 10% to the overall acquisitions budget)
  • Commissions: a new partnership with Film and Video Umbrella to make possible four new commissions. FVU will work with each of our four partner museums – the Towner, the Whitworth – and the two new selected museums, to commission a new work, an edition of which will enter the museum’s collection. The commissions are supported by a separate budget (museums are not expected to contribute to this budget)

The acquisition phase for the two new partners will run for two years, from 2018 to 2020. The commissions will run between 2018/19 (Towner and Whitworth) and 2021/22 (new museum partners) with one new moving-image work being commissioned each year.

Who we will support

UK public museums that are:

  • Open for at least half the week, for at least six months of the year
  • Fully or provisionally accredited under the Arts Council Scheme

Terms and conditions

All recipients of grants will be asked to sign the full Grant Conditions. To say thank you to their members and enable them to see the works of art they’ve helped acquire, we ask you to:

  • Give free admission to your permanent collections for National Art Pass holders
  • Give free or half-price entry to your exhibitions
  • Make a permanent acknowledgement of our help
  • Collaborate with us on publicity and promotional work

How to apply

The application window is open from 26 September to midday on 30 October 2017.

If you are already registered as a curator/museum professional, log in to access the application form. If not, you can register here and then complete the application process.

If you have any queries or would like to discuss a potential project, please contact Contemporary Projects Manager, Robert Dingle.

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 artconnections@chrysalisarts.com / 01756 748529.

Meeting Point2: Portland Basin Museum

Original Gartside’s beer to be recreated with help from the people of Tameside
Portland Basin Museum, Ashton under Lyne

The recipe for a popular beer once brewed by Ashton under Lyne’s famous Gartside’s brewery is being resurrected – with a little help from the people of Tameside.

Portland Basin Museum is working together with artist Magnus Quaife to brew a beer made using the same recipe as Old Tom, a strong dark ale which was popular until the brewery closed down in the 1960s.

Artist Magnus Quaife explained: “I’ve teamed up with a local brewer, Millstone, who will be helping me to make and bottle some beer made to the original Gartside’s Old Tom recipe.

“As well as wanting to hear from anyone who might be able to shed some light on the original Old Tom ingredients, I would also love to hear from people who have memories of Gartside’s and its beers.”

The name of Gartside’s Old Tom is reputedly either a reference to Captain Thomas Gartside, a relative of John Gartside senior who founded the brewery, or the head horse keeper Mr Thomas Bell who served the company from 1876 until his death in 1907.

“This is a different beer from the Old Tom brewed today by Stockport’s Robinson’s brewery. I believe that if a recipe for the Gartside’s version is to be found it will be either at the National Brewery Museum Archives in Burton, or with the Family of Mr Lucas a former head brewer,” said Magnus.

The new brew will be called Old Thomas Bell, named after the brewery’s head horse keeper.

As well as piecing together the recipe and brewing the beer, Magnus will be collecting stories from anyone who has memories of Gartside’s brewery and the drinks it produced. These will be included in a zine which will be published later in the year, at the same time as the revived beer is launched.

People are also invited to attend a series of free workshops at Portland Basin Museum where they can work with Magnus Quaife to create posters inspired by the area’s brewing history. Elements of the artwork will then be used to create labels for the new bottles of Old Tom.

Rachel Cornes, Manager at Portland Basin Museum, said: “Gartside’s was one of the biggest brewers in the region and it employed a lot of people – there must be thousands of local people who remember the brewery or drank their beer.  

“This is a fantastic opportunity to do something different here at the museum and to celebrate a part of Tameside’s past which was so significant in its heyday.”

Anyone who has memories of Gartside’s brewery to share can get in touch with Portland Basin Museum on (0161) 343 2878 or via email on portland.basin@tameside.gov.uk.

The workshops with Magnus Quaife will take place at Portland Basin Museum from 11am to 3pm on 27 June, 12 July, 2 August and 16 August. Check the museum website for more details – www.tameside.gov.uk/museumsgalleries/education.

The project is part of Meeting Point2, a year-long project led by contemporary art agency Arts&Heritage. Leading UK and international artists have partnered with 10 museums in Yorkshire, the North West and the North East to produce new artworks inspired by the museums and their collections.

Funded by Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund, Meeting Point2 presents artworks in unexpected places and supports small and medium scale museums to commission artists, who will create a piece of work in response to the venue.

For more information about Meeting Point2, visit www.artsandheritage.org.uk