Tagged: international working

Export Opportunity: History Museum Partnership Sought by Museum Based in Chengdu, China

Deadline: Thursday 1st March

A museum wants to partner with a history museum in the UK.

You must:

– have a focus on prehistoric cultures. 

– be interested in co-hosting temporary exhibitions across China and the UK

The exhibition to be hosted in China is expected to:

– be themed around the classical civilisations of an ancient region, excluding Maya, Egypt and Rome 

– available for exhibiting from 2020 onwards.

The museum hosts a series of imported exhibitions that explore ancient history.

Each exhibition explores the span of an ancient civilisation.

It has worked with museums in Italy, Canada, and France.

More details on this opportunity can be found here.


Freelance Opportunity: International Museum Academy

The British Council is inviting proposals for the content development and delivery of the following courses as part of International Museums Academy in Greece 

  1. Commercial Enterprise  Athens October 2017 Thessaloniki November 2017

Develop and deliver the content for a practical five day CPD course that will teach 15-20  Greek mid carer museum professionals how to develop entrepreneurial skills, and implement innovative business models

     2. Resilience and Sustainability Athens October 2017 Thessaloniki November 2017

Develop and deliver the content for a practical five day CPD course that will teach 15-20  Greek mid carer museum professionals different and new business modeling and strategy to become more agile and able to respond and change in response to economic factors.  

       3. Museum and Community Engagement Athens October 2017 Thessaloniki November 2017

Develop and deliver the content for a practical five day CPD course that will teach 15-20  Greek mid carer museum professionals the role that museums can play in developing their offer to attract audiences and build a greater sense of community cohesion.

      4. Digital Skills Athens October 2017 Thessaloniki November 2017

Develop and deliver the content for a practical five day CPD course that will teach 15-20  Greek mid carer museum professionals to develop their strategic thinking and provide practical advice on how digital platforms can be used to enhance their content and communication.  The course will provide practical insight into innovative contemporary practice. The course will equip participants to confidently implement a digital project in their organisation.

The fixed fee for this work is £9,000 GBP (+VAT).

For more information see the following documents:

Request for Informtation IMA_Greece_Digital Skills _VR
Request for Informtation IMA_Greece_Museums and Community Engagement _VR
Request for Informtation IMA_Greece_Comercial Enterprise _VR
Request for Informtation IMA_Greece_Resilience and Sustainability _VR
FAQs IMA Greece_Transforming Future Museums VR

Please direct any questions you have any to myself and to Dina Ntziora, Cultural Skills Co-ordinator |Transforming Future Museums Dina.Ntziora@britishcouncil.gr  

The application deadline is Wednesday 19th July 2017.  Please send applications to Chantal.Harrison-Lee@Britishcouncil.org

The Practicalities of Working in the Middle East and South Asia

A workshop organised by the Subject Specialist Network for Islamic Art and Material Culture

Wednesday 22nd February, 1pm-3.45pm at The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

The workshop is free to attend and you do not have to attend the ‘From Malacca to Manchester: Curating Islamic Collections Worldwide’ conference to attend the workshop.  To book your workshop place (preference will be given to museum professionals) contact Dr Rebecca Bridgman, Curator of Islamic & South Asian Art and Curatorial Team Leader., Birmingham Museums Trust at rebecca.bridgman@birminghammuseums.org.uk

Beginning to think about working in or with institutions in the Middle East and South Asia can be a daunting prospect but one which does offer huge benefits in terms of curating your institutions ‘Islamic’ collections. This session aims to be a practical ‘how to guide’ and includes speakers with considerable experience in this area, who will share their understanding of the challenges and benefits from the perspective of their own work.

Introduction and the SSN for Islamic Art and Material Culture (1-1.05pm) (Rebecca Bridgman, Curator of Islamic & South Asian Art, Birmingham Museums, SSN Chair)

1) Where to begin? What are the opportunities and the practicalities of organising your visit to the Middle East and South Asia (1.10pm – 1.55 pm)

  • Introduction to working internationally and British Council support in arranging your trip (Stephen Stenning, Director of Culture and Development, British Council)
  • Funding opportunities through the Art Fund (Emma Coleman, Programmes Coordinator, Art Fund)
  • Identifying funding and managing relationships (Emma Croft, Coordinator, International Training Programme, British Museum)
  • Discussion and Questions

2) Case studies on the benefits. How working or visiting the Middle East and South Asia can positively impact on the work carried out by you and / or your organisation in the UK (2.0pm – 3pm )

  • Arts scene in the Gulf and the Jameel Prize – (Tara Desjardins, Curator of Middle Eastern Art, V&A)
  • Working in South Asia – the Manchester experience:

– Modern and Contemporary Art (Natasha Howes , Senior Curator and Clare Gannaway, Contemporary Art Curator, Manchester Art Gallery)

– South Asian Textiles (Uthra Rajgopal, Curator, The Whitworth Manchester)

– Exoticisation and Representation, Alternative Paradigms to Working and New models of Partnership practice (Fareda Khan, Head of Special Projects, Manchester Museums)

  • Discussion and Questions

3) Building your relationships with organisations in the Middle East and South Asia (3.05pm – 3.45pm)

  • Touring exhibits to the Middle East (Dean Baylis Senior Administrator & Loans Co-ordinator Department of the Middle East, The British Museum)
  • Project Refuge/e (Georgia Haseldine and Peter Target, OVA + INE)
  • Building an inter-cultural dialogue (Nadia El Sebai Executive Director, The Arab British Centre)
  • Discussion and Questions

After the session there will be an opportunity to view selected Indian textiles from The Whitworth’s collection.

To view the conference programme and book tickets visit: http://www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk/whats-on/events/malaccatomanchester/

The SSN for Islamic Art and Material Culture is supported by Arts Council England and Birmingham Museums.  This workshop is hosted by Manchester Museum and The Whitworth.

Working Internationally – Development Grants

British Council’s Connections Through Culture programme provides small grants to assist UK and Chinese artists and arts organisations embarking on joint projects.

Running for nearly a decade, Connections through Culture is a long-term programme to develop exciting cultural collaborations between artists and arts organisations, supporting long-lasting relationships between China and the UK.

The programme offers support, information, advice, networking opportunities and development grants to artists and arts organisations in China and the UK. Artists and arts organisations in both countries can benefit from the inspiration gained from exchanging ideas and sharing their cultural history.

Although the grants are available to all UK artists, Connections through Culture receives additional specific support from the Scottish government for projects with a Scottish connection.

Two types of grants are offered:

  • Professional development grants to fund a one-week study trip.
  • Alumni grants, which are only available to those who have already received previous CTC grants

For further information, please see here.


The Cultural Protection Fund is now open for applications

From British Council:

The Cultural Protection Fund is now open for its initial round of grant funding. We are inviting applications for both Small Grants (grants less than 100K) and Large Grants (grants over 100k).

The Fund is designed with applications from UK organisations in mind, but any organisation is eligible to apply. Organisations must be working with local partner organisations in one or more of the Fund’s current target countries within the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, specifically: Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, Palestinian Territories, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and Yemen.

Due to timescales, applicants for this initial round of funding will be required to have existing partners in the target countries. Information on the experience and credentials of these partnerships, as well as a strong knowledge and understanding of local context, must be provided.

The next funding round will be launched on 1 September 2016, and all applicants, including those who are still developing partnerships in target countries, will be able to apply.

There will be a two-stage application process, with applicants being asked to complete an Expression of Interest Form in order to confirm eligibility, before being invited to complete an Application Form. It will be possible to apply for multi-year grants, and the maximum for any such application will be £3m. The maximum for a single-year application will be £500K.

All applicants will need to provide a clear project plan and timeline, evidence of demand, delivery capability, detailed project costs and information on how risks will be managed and monitored. Project evaluation will be a key requirement of all grant awards.


June 2016 – Initial round of funding (large and small grants)

For applicants with existing partners in target countries only

  • Call for Expressions of Interest: opens 27 June , closes 1 August *
  • Deadline for Application Forms: 31 August
  • Applicants notified of awards at the end of November  (low-risk applications may be fast-tracked for earlier decision in exceptional cases)

*You are encouraged to submit your Expression of Interest form as early as possible in order to maximise your time for completing the Application Form.

1 September 2016

The full application process for the Fund will launch in September. This will be open to all applicants seeking funding, including those who are still developing partnerships in target countries. There will be separate application processes for small and large grants. For large grants there will be two rounds of funding per financial year, and small grants will run on a rolling basis with quarterly decision meetings.

Large Grants: April 2017 award

  • Call for Expressions of Interest: opens 1 September 2016 , closes 28 October 2016
  • Deadline for application forms: 19 December 2016
  • Applicants notified in April 2017

Small Grants programme

  • Small grants applications will be available from 1 September 2016
  • Decisions will be made on a quarterly basis
  • Applications received before mid-October will be considered at the first decision meeting at the beginning of December

If you have any questions, or would like to be added to our newsletter, please email us on culturalprotection@britishcouncil.org.

International Museum Academy – call for UK course leaders

 The International Museum Academy: Transforming Future Museums is the latest opportunity from the British Council’s Cultural Skills team, the delivery of a series of face-to-face training courses in Greece, followed by online follow-up and mentoring. We are inviting proposals from UK-based course leaders who have expertise in the museums sector to devise and deliver courses specifically focussing on the following four topics:

·         Project Management

·         Developing Exhibitions

·         Fundraising and Income Generation

·         Audience Development

The participants will be mid-career museum and cultural heritage professionals in Greece throughout October and November 2016. The fee for each Course leader is £9,000 (excluding VAT) and the deadline for applications is 8th July. For more information on how to apply, please contact Lowri Jones, British Council Lowri.jones@britishcouncil.org.  


Want to tour exhibitions and collections internationally? Last chance to register for British Council publication

As part of an ACE funded project to develop museums capacity to tour exhibitions and collections internationally, the British Council is producing a brochure to showcase the wealth of collections held by UK museums and to encourage approaches from overseas museums for touring exhibitions or loans.

The brochure, which will be available both in hard copies and online, will be used by British embassies, UK Trade & Investment, and British Council offices overseas to promote UK museums worldwide. It will be launched at the American Alliance of Museums conference in Washington DC in May 2016.

All UK museums – both national and non-national, are invited to register their interest. There is no charge for inclusion in the brochure. The brochure content is being collated and edited by the National Museum Directors’ Council.

For more information and an application form, please contact international@nationalmuseums.org.uk.

The deadline for submitting material is Friday 27 November 2015

Call for case studies of UK museums learning across borders

Halima Khanom, National and International Learning Learning and Engagement Officer at the Imperial War Museum (and one of the current Transformers cohort) is seeking examples of UK museums learning across borders.

Museums and collections have come a long way in terms of working internationally with colleagues overseas through the use of collection loans, international exhibitions, and skills exchange.

But what about museums learning across borders?

With increasing pressure to increase audience numbers, international audiences are the new frontier.  Museums engage audiences with their collections digitally but audiences should have the opportunity to draw on the second best resources after the collection whether they are from Wales, Denmark, or India.

This inter-cultural learning is what museums can lead more on, and in a more connected way.  As part of her involvement with the Museums Association’s Transformers Programme, Halima is creating a toolkit to support this.

She is interested in learning about:

  • Examples of best practice for learning toolkits/frameworks that operate transnationally in Europe.
  • Support around understanding museum pedagogies across cultures.
  • Any digital learning projects that are doing interesting things with collections.
  • Any training opportunities (in the UK or overseas) for museum professionals that explore these themes.

If you have any ideas, suggestions or information for Halima, please contact her at hkhanom@iwm.org.uk

The Art of Export: A guide for cultural organisations to develop international programming

The Culture Diary have lunched their beginners’ guide for cultural organisations that are interesting in working internationally.

“Working internationally is vital for the UK culture sector. Not only will you develop new opportunities and audiences, you will create lasting relationships with artists and organisations around the world. I have seen first hand the great benefits that this provides, from new collaborations to innovation in artistic practice. I urge everyone to consider the opportunity that working globally can provide.” Graham Sheffield CBE, Director Arts, British Council

The guide is a great introduction to international working and gives advice, case studies and best practice.

A free print version is available if you sign up to The Culture Diary.

To download the guide please visit The Art of Explore.

WIRP Workshop: Working with China

Wednesday 14th October
York Castle Museum

From WIRP:

Part of the Working Internationally Regional Project (WIRP), this one-day workshop is for museums and galleries who are working with partners in China, or interested in doing so.  The aim of the workshop is to enhance the confidence and skills of participants, and provide information and practical advice on how to develop projects with Chinese partners.  Participants will have an opportunity to network with colleagues from across the UK who are interested in working with China.

Workshop Programme

Theme 1: Audiences
Theme 2: Partnerships

Imperial Decree Museum (China) and Tullie House Museum (UK)

Second presentation TBA

Theme 3: Practicalities

Tony Trehy, Director, Bury Art Museum: doing business in China

China-Britain Business Council: support for SMEs in China and cultural business etiquette              

Momart: importing and exporting objects in and out of China

Theme 4: Case Studies 

The full line-up of speakers will be announced shortly.

There are a limited number of places available at this workshop so book your place now via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wirp-workshop-working-with-china-tickets-17848490315

York has good public transport connections to the rest of the UK, and is only a two-hour train journey from London.  If any regional or local museums and galleries are interested in attending the workshop but are struggling to find the funds to do so, please contact Dana Andrew, WIRP Project Co-ordinator, dana@cuello-andrew.co.uk to discuss the support options available.