Tagged: Partnerships

‘Working Across Boundaries’ National MUPI Match event

Museum-University Partnerships Initiative
Wednesday 26th July 2017
The Cinema Museum, London
 

The Museum-University Partnership Initiative have their final ACE funded MUPI Match event for museums and universities taking place at the end of July.  As we know, the potential for museum-university partnerships can transcend local and regional boundaries; with collections, knowledge, skills, and experiences that can contribute to projects between museums and universities across England.  Therefore, this final MUPI Match event is dedicated to supporting potential projects across England, so museums and academics from Bournemouth to Berwick, Portsmouth to Preston, and Whitstable to Wakefield, can explore potential partnerships together.

MUPI Match events have proved to be a successful way for museums to network with academics, and develop mutually beneficial project ideas.  As part of this event we have a small grants fund of £6000 to distribute; the fund can seed fund, and support, museums and academics to explore their partnership ideas further.  The previous MUPI Match events have so far seed funded over 60 museum/university partnerships, between 65 museums and 43 universities.

Whilst we are open to all museum/university partnerships, based on the previous 10 MUPI Matches we are encouraging applications from people/organisations that are interested in the following themes:

  • Using new technologies in cultural heritage settings e.g. mapping, 3D modelling, big data, innovative ways to animate and rethink collections, R&D in ‘real world’ situations
  • Engaging new audiences – from student placements to non-traditional specialist audiences
  • Migration, politics, activism

The event is on Wednesday 26th July 2017 at the Cinema Museum.  This event is free and you can register for it on the NCCPE website.

If you have any questions about MUPI Match events please contact Paddy McNulty, MUPI Match Museums Consultant via paddy@paddymcnulty.co.uk

MUPI Match events are delivered through the Museum University Partnership Initiative, funded by Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund and developed in partnership with the Share Academy project and Paddy McNulty Associates.

Arts& Heritage News

 

10 artists have been selected to work in partnership with museums in the North of England, each creating a new piece of work in response to the museum and its collections.

The artists, who have been commissioned through the Meeting Point2 project, will work with venues ranging from a restored historic open-pan salt making site to an excavated monastic site dating back to the 12th century.

The 10 artists and museums are:

Artist                                                  Museum

Matt Stokes                                        Hexham Old Gaol, Northumberland

Owl Project                                         Prescot Museum, Knowsley

Brass Art                                             Chetham’s Library, Manchester

David Appleyard                               Norton Priory, Cheshire

Serena Partridge                               Gawthorpe Textiles Collection, Lancashire

Magnus Quaife                                   Portland Basin Museum, Ashton-under-Lyne

Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan      Experience Barnsley Museum & Discovery Centre

Lynn Setterington                               Brontë Parsonage Museum, West Yorkshire

Stephen Dixon and Alison Welsh        Preston Park Museum, Stockton on Tees

Martin Hylton                                       Lion Salt Works, Cheshire

Timandra Nichols, Director at Arts&Heritage, which initiated and is leading the project, said: “The artists each submitted proposals detailing how they would respond to the museums – the site and their collections. The venues we’re working with are varied and the artists responded with ideas which were thoughtful, exciting, and really took inspiration from some of the amazing museum buildings and collections.  

“The resulting works, when they are revealed later in the year, will not only be astounding pieces in their own right, but will also prompt audiences to think about the museums where the works are sited in a very different way.”

The Meeting Point2 project, which is funded through the Arts Council England’s Resilience Fund, aims to equip museums with the knowledge and skills to commission work from artists again in the future, as well as presenting new works in unexpected places.

The selected artists are known for work ranging from fusions of sculpture and sound art, to textile works and film.

Sheffield-based artist David Appleyard, who will be working in partnership with Norton Priory Museum, said: There is something very special about Norton Priory Museum. My research visits left me literally spellbound so I’m absolutely delighted to be involved in their MeetingPoint2 project. The project offers a rare opportunity to work with a very dedicated team in a place steeped in 900 years of history.”

Brass Art, who will be working with Chetham’s Library in Manchester, said: “We are delighted to have been selected to work with Chetham’s Library. The enthusiasm of the staff there is infectious; we’re looking forward to working with them closely to bring our collaborative practice and aspects of their fascinating collection together.”

Martin Hylton, who will work with Lion Salt Works in Cheshire, said: “I am excited to have been selected to create a newly commissioned piece in response to the Lion Salt Works. I am looking forward to working with the team, and local young dancers to realise this very exciting project.”

The 10 selected artists will create their commissions during 2017.

The programme builds on a successful pilot which took place in 2016 and saw artists working with museums across the North East and Yorkshire.

More details are available at www.artsandheritage.org.uk.

 

MUPI Match North West: Museum & University Partnership Initative

 

Manchester Museum
Register for this event
Friday 17th February 2017

10:00am to 5:00pm

Kanaris Lecture Theatre, Manchester Museum, Manchester (see here for a map and directions)

Would you like to get involved in a museum and university partnership? Are you based in the North West and keen to meet museums and academics in your region to network and develop new ideas? Then why not take part in a MUPI Match event…

It is well proven that there are mutual benefits to museums and universities working together. Projects can cover a wide range of topics – from improving audience understanding to developing more effective collections knowledge or interpretation; from inspiring museum audiences with cutting edge research to developing new exhibits and exhibitions; the opportunities are endless.

However finding a partner, and having resources to explore how you might work together can be challenging. The MUPI Match events are based on tried and tested methods of bringing people together to explore innovative and useful partnership working, stimulating new connections and new projects. Each event involves museum staff, volunteers, and academics working together to find mutually beneficial ideas that they would like to develop together. Participants can then bid for ‘thinking funding’ – to enable them to do desk research; have conversations; test ideas; and work together to plan their potential project. This thinking funding provides a critical part of the process, helping people to work out if and how to work together and refine their ideas. Teams will be supported to develop their partnership, and find effective ways to fund their project in the future.

How to get involved

If you work or volunteer in an ACE Accredited museum (or one working towards Accreditation) or if you are an academic who is keen to develop new partnerships with museums then a MUPI Match event is just what you are looking for! Each event is regional, attracting museums and universities from across an ACE region; free to participate in; and interactive. Bring your ideas, your energy, and your expertise and prepare to be challenged and inspired. Who knows this could be the beginning of something very special.

Please follow the registration link above to apply for a place at the North West Region MUPI Match event.

MUPI Match events are delivered through the Museum University Partnership Initiative, funded by Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund and developed in partnership with the Share Academy project and Paddy McNulty Associates.

A Clearer Picture: A guide for arts and cultural organisations engaging with universities

Arts Council England in partnership with the University Alliance have created a new guidebook aimed at encouraging small and medium sized arts organisations to collaborate with the HE sector. It outlines the opportunities – some of which are more obvious than others, and will be determined by the size and mission of the organisation. Throughout, we give real examples of the impact of such partnerships: and offer advice to overcome some of the perceived difficulties of working together.

European Museum Partnership Development

Thursday 15th September, York
14:00 – 17:00
Free

From Museum Development Yorkshire:

  • Does your organisation have an idea for an international project and are looking for partners?
  • Does your organisation want to take part in an international project being run by another organisation?
  • Does your organiation want to better understand the landscape of museums accross Europe?

If the answer is ‘yes’ then please come to our event on 15th September to meet museum advisers from accross Europe.  This event will help you better understand the museum landscape across Europe, meet potential partners and provide space to develop new ideas and ways of working.

ICOM UK is kindly sponsoring travel bursaries of up to £50 to UK museums. For more information please contact dana@cuello-andrew.co.uk.

For more information and to book, please click here

 

Learning Museum Call for partners 2015‏

The National Programmes team at the British Museum has announced an open call for partners for the second phase of Learning Museum, the British Museum’s latest Skills for the Future programme, which is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Learning Museum is an entry-level vocational training programme to be delivered in partnership with twenty museums and heritage centres across the UK between 2014 and 2017. Through Learning Museum partners will: provide young people from all backgrounds with a year-long programme high quality work-based training that will involve championing best practice in museum collections, programming and development; and creating a strong professional network for sharing expertise amongst all parties.

Applications to be part of the Learning Museum programme will be accepted until 1 December, and are welcome from UK museums, galleries and heritage centres of all shapes and sizes. We are particularly keen to collaborate with organisations with no previous experience of partnership with the British Museum.

Applications forms are available here, as well as on the British Museum’s Learning Museum webpage. For any further information please see here

Learning Museum Call for partners 2015‏

The National Programmes team at the British Museum has announced an open call for partners for the second phase of Learning Museum, the British Museum’s latest Skills for the Future programme, which is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Learning Museum is an entry-level vocational training programme to be delivered in partnership with twenty museums and heritage centres across the UK between 2014 and 2017. Through Learning Museum partners will: provide young people from all backgrounds with a year-long programme high quality work-based training that will involve championing best practice in museum collections, programming and development; and creating a strong professional network for sharing expertise amongst all parties.

Applications to be part of the Learning Museum programme will be accepted until 1 December, and are welcome from UK museums, galleries and heritage centres of all shapes and sizes. We are particularly keen to collaborate with organisations with no previous experience of partnership with the British Museum.

Applications forms are available here, as well as on the British Museum’s Learning Museum webpage. For any further information please see here

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.

Opportunity for Museums to Work with the British Library

From the British Library:

Storage provision is becoming increasingly difficult for Museums, Galleries and Libraries, and there is a pressing need to investigate alternative storage and distribution services that could replace existing facilities. In response, as part of a range of solutions, the British Library has put forward the option of using its Boston Spa, West Yorkshire site as an extended, shared storage facility for institutions both within the DCMS family – and other Government departments as well.  The attached document provides a brief overview of the British Libraries Printed Collection Management Hub Programme, and the potential services that would be available for users of the facility.

The British Library are currently putting together an Outline Business Case to go to DCMS mid-September with a view to developing a Full Business Case in 2016. Should the programme received approval, it is envisaged that the Printed Collection Management Hub would be fully operational from 2021.

At this stage the British Library are looking for expressions of interest, with (wherever possible) indicative values of scale from institutions with either an immediate need, and/or the potential future need for off-site storage. To express interest or for any further information please contact Terry Chapman, who is developing the business case at the British Library (terry.chapman@bl.uk).

UK Printed Collections Management Hub Info

Curious Minds Call for Partners

Curious Minds want to work with up to three North West based NPOs, MPMs or libraries with an interest and track record in delivering creative writing activities in schools, in order to develop a set of resources to inspire creative writing in children and young people.The fee is £500.

For more information and to receive an expression of interest form, please contact Christina Lydon on: creativewriting@curiousminds.org.uk

Deadline for expressions of interest is Tuesday 18 August.