Wednesday 20th – Saturday 23rd September
Registration is open for the European MUSCON Conference 2017, which will take place in Helsinki from 20-23 September, hosted by the Ateneum Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Attendance is free; delegates have to cover their travel and hotel expenses.
MUSCON is a working platform focused on co-producing and travelling exhibitions. TEG took part in the MUSCON 2015 and 2016 conferences and found it to be a fantastic event for developing contacts and an understanding of the European touring network
Visit the MUSCON website for more information or to register.
NEMO created a webpage dedicated to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 to bring together relevant information and inform about opportunities, activities and events.
The 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH 2018) aims to raise awareness of European history and values and to strengthen a sense of European identity. It encourages more people to discover and explore the opportunities of Europe’s rich and diverse cultural heritage. At the same time, it draws attention to the challenges cultural heritage faces, such as the impact of the digital shift, environmental and physical pressure on heritage sites, and the illicit trafficking of cultural objects.
The main objectives of this European Year are:
- to promote cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and social cohesion;
- to highlight the economic contribution of cultural heritage to the cultural and creative sectors, including small and medium-sized enterprises, and to local and regional development
- to emphasise the role of cultural heritage in European cultural diplomacy
- to underline the importance of safeguarding our common cultural heritage
Brief overview of the aim, objective and implementation of the EYCH 2018
List of Appointed National Coordinators for EYCH 2018
The national coordinators are the national contact points for questions concerning initiatives, support and activities during the EYCH 2018 in the respective countries.
EU Funding opportunities for EYCH 2018
These are funding opportunities by the European Union from different EU funding programmes
Website of the European Commission dedicated to EYCH 2018
Following the announcement of the European Museums of the Year 2017 not too long ago, the entry for the next EMYA and the Council of Europe Museum Prize was opened on 15 May 2017.
Each year museums are not only awarded the EMYA but the Council of Europe Museum Prize, the Kenneth Hudson Award, the Silletto Prize and may receive special commendations.
The Awards are open to museums first opened to the public in the past three years, OR established museums that have completed a substantial programme of modernisation, extension, reorganisation or re-interpretation during the past three years.
The European Museum of the Year Award promotes innovative museum practice and public quality in the European museum sector.
The Council of Europe Museum Prize is a unique award intended to highlight the need to preserve and promote European cultural heritage as a factor uniting the Council of Europe’s 47 member states.
Named after the founder of EMYA, the Kenneth Hudson Award recognises daring or unusual achievements of museums, projects or groups of people that challenges common perceptions of the role of museums in the society.
With the Silletto Prize museums that have involved and engaged with their audiences in planning and developing museum and heritage project are being honored.
Lastly, the Special Commendations will also be given to museums that have developed a new and innovative aspect of their public service and from which other European museums can learn.
EMYA is organised by NEMO’s partner, the European Museum Forum and interested museums can apply for the awards here.
A participation fee of 500 Euro has to be submitted along with the application. Following the application the judging panel will visit the museums in the judging period between summer and autumn 2017.
If you are active in the field of traditional and emerging heritage or deal with skills, training or knowledge transfer in these sectors, you can now apply for a structured dialogue with the European Commission.
In light of financial and age-related strains in the transmission of knowledge and skills to the younger generations, short-, mid- and long-term solutions need to be found.
The European Commission established an Open Method of Coordination (OMC) expert group that aims to reflect on capacity building for heritage professionals and the transmission of traditional skills and know-how in emerging professions, including in the context of the digital shift. In order to complement the reflection on this topic and to assess the needs of the cultural sector in this field, the European Commission would like to hear the voice of the cultural sector on these important issues.
Those interested and active in the heritage field and/or invovled in training and knowledge transfer in the sector are invited to apply for the Structured Dialogue and contribute their expertise to the discussion.
The first brainstorming session will take place on 15-16 June 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. Based on a report from this session the main ideas will be discussed with the European Commission during a Dialogue Meeting in September 2017.
The call is open to representatives of the cultural and creative sectors (professional organisations, cultural institutions, non-governmental organisations, European networks, foundations, private organisations, etc.) with relevant expertise on the topic “Skills, training and knowledge transfer: traditional and emerging heritage”, who would like to contribute to discussions with the European Commission. Organisations applying must be from one of the 28 EU Member States.
Make sure the voice of your sector is heard and apply to participate!
The deadline for applications is 14 March 2017.
Further information about Voices of Culture and the call here.
Creative Europe Desk UK is reminding UK Cultural organisations that they are still fully eligible to apply for Creative Europe funding opportunities whilst the UK is still a member of the European Union. Non-EU countries can sometimes participate, but it yet to be determined whether the UK can and will be one of them when it leaves the EU. The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) in the European Commission have reassured Creative Europe Desk UK that there is no bias towards UK applicants since the outcome of the EU referendum.
The UK Treasury has provided further reassurance that it will underwrite the payments of multi-annual projects selected for support while the UK is still a member of the EU even if the projects continue beyond the UK’s exit from the EU.
Stephanie Grant, Culture Manager for Creative Europe Desk UK in England, says ‘So far, many museums and heritage organisations have benefited from participating in transnational Creative Europe projects, and we expect their involvement to grow even further. We strongly encourage organisations from all parts of the sector who are interested in partnership working in Europe and beyond to come and talk to us about the funding and opportunities it provides. We offer free support and advice to those wishing to apply. We’re always looking for opportunities to present information about Creative Europe at sector-led events, as well as regularly delivering our own seminars and workshops across the country.’
If you’d like to know more about Creative Europe, you can visit the Creative Europe Desk UK website at www.creativeeuropeuk.eu, follow it on Twitter @CEDUK_Culture or contact email@example.com
The Network of European Museum Organisations (NEMO), which brings together museum organisations and museums throughout Europe, is committed to creating an environment in which museums can reach their full potential, both in terms of their collections and their social, educational and economic impact. NEMO is convinced that it is vital for museums in the future to position themselves and advance in these four strategic areas in order to remain relevant – and become even more significant – to society.
This publication gives you an overview of exemplary museum projects from all over Europe, many of which differ greatly in terms of geography, structure and theme. But whether in Greece or Finland, France or Russia, in museums of art, ethnography or natural sciences, in international networks, large institutions or smaller mu- seums, the common thread that runs through all of these projects is how museums serve their visitors, in particu- lar, and society in general.