Tagged: Training

Spark your Creativity… in interpretive script-writing

Friday 2nd June
Miller’s Yard, York
09:45 – 16:00

Let The Authentic Spark help you SPARK your Creativity on this one day interpretive scriptwriting workshop.

Whether you are new to interpretive writing for exhibitions, or you are looking to refresh and reinvigorate existing skills, this practically-based workshop will help you. Flex your writing muscles with me as we work through top tips and real-life applications of best practice principles in interpretive writing and editing.

For the full event details including price and info on how to book visit the eventbrite page.


Diversity and Equality in Youth Arts and Culture – Great Art for Everyone workshop

28th June 2017
10:00 – 16:15

This new course provides an overview of equality and diversity, including Arts Council England’s Creative Case for Diversity, and how it might affect you and the areas that you work in. Through practical activities and discussion, you will identify ways to improve the experience of young people by ensuring that everyone is treated equally and is offered the same opportunities.

Ideal for:

Anyone who delivers arts and cultural projects for children and young people

You will gain:

  • An understanding of equality and diversity issues, and how they may affect your work
  • An understanding of Arts Council England’s Quality Principles, [which aim to raise the standard of work being produced with, for and by children and young people]
  • Knowledge of inclusive environments that value the difference in people, and promote respect
  • Tools to develop an action plan for addressing equality and diversity in your work, and the activities you deliver.

 Trainer: Lesley Wood

The Cost: 

**Special introductory rate** £104 per person (usually £130), including lunch, refreshments and a certificate of attendance for each delegate. Limited bursary places are available. English National Youth Arts Network members receive 10% discount on spaces. Membership is FREE – sign up here

Book your place online at www.artswork.org.uk/event or contact miranda@artswork.org.uk  / 02380 332491 for further information.

Prosper Business Support Programme

Creative United will open applications for new business support programme, Prosper, on Monday 27th March 2017

Creative United are thrilled to announce that Prosper, the new, Arts Council England-funded business support programme for the arts, museums and libraries, will be open for applications on Monday 27th March 2017.

The programme is designed to improve confidence and capabilities with business planning and modelling, sustainability, diverse finance and funding streams and strategy, contributing to increased resilience and investment in the sector as a whole.

It offers the opportunity for around 70 arts and cultural organisations, companies or individual entrepreneurs in England to participate in nine months of free, dynamic and impactful business support activities, such as 1-to-1 business advice, masterclasses, workshops, webinars and meetups.

Alongside this, the Centre for Business in Society will be carrying out vital research into the provision of, and demand for, business support for arts and cultural organisations in England and Scotland. The learning from this, plus business support resources such as templates, toolkits and blogs, will be shared via the Arts Marketing Association’s online hub CultureHive.co.uk.

Additional funding for the programme is provided by Access – the Foundation for Social Investment, and Creative Scotland (for research activities in Scotland).

Mary-Alice Stack, CEO at Creative United, said:

“Leading on from our successes and learning from the Creative Industry Finance programme, Prosper signals another way that we can drive the growth and development of our cultural and creative sectors, and build a sustainable and resilient creative economy.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Centre for Business in Society and the Arts Marketing Association to deliver this programme, and look forward to revealing new insights into the provision and benefits of business support for the arts, museums and libraries.”

Jane Tarr, Director of Organisational Resilience and Environmental Sustainability at Arts Council England, said:

“Through the programme, we wanted to understand more about the business support our sector needs nationally and to share information about the existing offer more widely. We’re delighted Prosper will be working across the country over the next year with a wide range of cultural organisations. It’s an exciting partnership and will also help us develop future support for creative businesses of all sizes to keep growing.”

The deadline for applications to receive the free business support offered by the Prosper programme is 12pm (midday) on 31 May 2017.

A series of morning briefings have been organised around England for potential applicants to learn more about this national programme and meet the partners.

– Mon 27 March, London, The Foundling Museum, 9:45am – 11:00am
– Wed 29 March, Hull, Northern Academy of Performing Arts, 8:45am – 10:00am
– Fri 31 March, Norwich, Writers’ Centre, 9:45am – 11:00am
– Mon 3 April, Coventry, TechnoCentre, 9:45am – 11:00am
– Thu 6 April, Liverpool, Play Space, 9:45am – 11:00am
– Tue 11 April, Southampton, City Art Gallery, 9:45am – 11:00am
– Thu 13 April, Newcastle, Arts Centre, 9:45am – 11:00aM

Those interested in finding out more about the programme, how to apply, or to register to attend a morning briefing, should go to http://www.creativeunited.org.uk/programme/prosper/.

For more information about the programme, its aims, partners and morning briefing events, please contact genevieve.pace@creativeunited.org.uk.

Upcoming Deadline to Participate in Voices of Culture Heritage Session

The European Commission’s 2015-2018 Work Plan for Culture identifies cultural heritage as one of its four key priorities. In order to complement the reflection on this topic and to assess the needs of the cultural sector in this field, the Commission would like to hear the voice of the cultural sector on these important issues.

Two meetings (a brainstorming and a dialogue) will be held in 2017 to discuss these topics. The dialogue will be structured around the following main questions; however it will be open to participants to propose additional or different issues to focus on during the meetings and in the final report of the process:

  1. What are the boundaries of “traditional” and “emerging” (tangible, intangible and digital) heritage professions?
  2. What are the current challenges in the transmission of traditional knowledge faced by the heritage sector? Could you provide examples of how these challenges have been addressed and overcome by the cultural sector?
  3. What are the skills and training needs related to the “emerging” professions, including those concerning the digital shift? Could you provide examples of how these needs have been faced by the cultural sector?
  4. In what way is the sector professionalised? What structures are currently in place to deliver professional practitioners in the heritage sector?
  5. What is needed to enhance/develop capacity-building for cultural heritage and professionals?

The Brainstorming Session on Skills, Training and Knowledge Transfer: Traditional and Emerging Heritage represents the opportunity for a group of around 35 European civil society stakeholders in the cultural sector to exchange ideas on this topic and to present these to the European Commission. The group will brainstorm on 15-16 June 2017, and then have the opportunity, in September 2017, to discuss the main ideas (to be summarised in a Brainstorming Report) with the European Commission at a Dialogue Meeting in Brussels.

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 who would like to contribute to discussions with the European Commission. Organisations applying must be from one of the 28 EU Member States.

Voices of Culture will book and cover the costs of travel and accommodation, according to the budget and regulations provided by the European Commission.

For more information click here.

The closing date for applications to participate is 14 March 2017.

Diversity in Museums- what change would you like to make?

From the Museums Association:

When we talk about diversity in museums, what do we mean?  Where is diversity located within our spaces and our collections, and what can we do to develop them? Are we happy to maintain the current state of play where diversity is still in the margins?

These are challenging but vital questions for the museums sector. What are we actively doing to ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion is at the heart of our practice and embedded in the way that we develop relationships with people outside and inside our organisations?

Live debate

Please join us on Tuesday 28 February at 1pm for a lunchtime webchat about Diversity in Museums, with the MA’s programme manager Jess Turtle, and diversity leadership consultant Sarah Pickthall. Join the debate, make your voice heard ! You can post questions here for our panel before or during the webchat

Transformers Diversify

If you are motivated to want to create change around diversity, equality and inclusion in museums why not apply to Transformers Diversify to connect you with key cultural leaders and campaigners, professional development and support to make change happen. http://www.museumsassociation.org/comment/20022017-have-you-considered-applying-to-transformers-diversify

The fully funded Transformers: Diversify programme will help participants connect, reflect and initiate change around equality, diversity and inclusion in museums. You may identify as being from a diverse background yourself, or simply want to make change happen. What you will share is a journey that will give you a new perspective and network, and the confidence to take risks.

This opportunity is open to applicants (including volunteers and freelancers) from England, Wales and Scotland. It requires between 7.5 and 9.5 days of contact time, which includes an action-learning day, a two-day residential, and one to one coaching. There is also the opportunity to pitch for project micro-funding to help make your idea for change a reality.

All event costs, accommodation and travel are covered.

What change can you make? Will you apply?  Find out about the programme here


Collections Skills Sharing programme: ‘Storage Moves: A Case Study’

Tuesday 4th April
British Museum
09:30 – 13:00

The session will work through a case study for the safe storage and handling of ceramic objects as part of an emergency decant at the British Museum, looking at the positives and negatives of moving a collection in this way.

This half-day session will take place at the British Museum on Tuesday 4th April 2017, and is free to attend for anyone working or volunteering in a UK museum, gallery or heritage organisation thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. Places can be booked online here, and travel bursaries are available.

Booking details for the other sessions in our Collections Skills Sharing programme are online here.

Imagining Autism Free Training for Arts and Museum Professionals

Imagining Autism is a collaboration between Drama and Psychology at The University of Kent. The project explores how drama and play based practices can engage autistic children, with positive changes in communication, social interaction and empathy.

From 6 – 16 March 2017 Imagining Autism will be in residence at The Atkinson and working with over 100 pupils from local schools. The team will also be delivering a series of events for local professionals and families so that their work and findings can be shared, discussed and applied throughout the North West.

Imagining Autism Events

Wed 8 March, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, The Atkinson, Southport PR8 1DB
Book here

Tue 14 March, 5pm – 7pm, Litherland Sports Park, Litherland L21 7LA
Book here

These free events are for professionals who work with people with autism, including teachers, childcare professionals, drama and arts professionals and healthcare professionals. Professor Nicola Shaugnessy and Dr Melissa Trimingham will present their work and discuss how their findings can be applied in a variety of professions.

Write Better International Touring Exhibitions Contracts Workshop

Wednesday 15th March
Tate Britain
10:30 – 16:00

Tickets are £30 and include lunch and refreshments.  Book your ticket here.

Drawing up an international touring exhibition agreement for the first time? Don’t have previous experience or access to specialist legal advice? This workshop will focus on drawing up contracts for international touring exhibitions and reviewing venue contracts for inbound international touring exhibitions.

Research by the British Council, ICOM UK and the Touring Exhibitions Group (TEG) has shown that one of the key issues for museums undertaking international touring exhibitions is the contractual aspect. In response to this demand, the British Council and ICOM UK have developed a template contract for UK museums undertaking international touring exhibitions. The contract covers every aspect of international touring exhibitions. It will be available free to download on the ICOM UK website www.uk.icom.museum/international-touring-exhibitions from Wednesday 1 March.

This workshop will introduce the template contract, explain how best to use it and explore the issues around contracts for international touring exhibitions. The speakers will be Tony Doubleday, Head of Legal, British Museum, Bernard Horrocks, Intellectual Property Manager, Tate, Dana Andrew, WIRP Project Manager, ICOM UK, and Katie Childs, Policy and Projects Manager, National Museum Directors Council. The day will include a panel discussion, chaired by Charlotte Dew, TEG Researcher, with participation from David Packer, Registrar, Fitzwilliam Museum, and Matthew Lawrence, Senior Exhibitions Project Manager, Royal Museums Greenwich.

ACE North West Region Retail Forum

National Football Museum, Manchester
Tuesday 14th February
10.30am to 3.00pm with signing in from 10.00am
Refreshments and lunch will be provided

This retail forum, hosted by the National Football Museum on behalf of ACE is open to all who offer retailing in a cultural or heritage environment.

This day will include case studies and the opportunity to hear about the Retail Resilience Programme. You will be able to network with others involved in retail in museums and come away with ideas you will be able to implement at your museum. You can also be part of the planning for future sessions.

For the full programme please click here

If you have any queries, please contact Desi Evangelides on desi.evangelides@acenterprises.org.uk , Jane Goode jane.goode@acenterprises.org.uk (on behalf of ACE) or Alison Mcgrath (Chair)on a.magrath@wordsworth.org.uk 

Health and Wellbeing in Museums Programme 2017 – Last few places

Museums are increasingly delivering health and wellbeing programmes as part of their core offer and the impact they have can be huge on the participants. This new Health and Wellbeing in Museums Programme will look at a number of projects museums in the North West are delivering and will inform participants on how to develop their own.

Health and Wellbeing in Museums Programme Workshop 1 – Mindfulness
Tuesday 31st January 2017

Manchester Art Gallery
10:00 – 16:00
One ticket remaining

This first session as part of the programme will focus on the mindfulness work Manchester Art Gallery does as part of their public programmes. During the morning we will hear about the background to the work along with planning and research done and in the afternoon we will experience one of their mindfulness workshops with an artist.

To book a place visit the eventbrite page

Health and Wellbeing in Museums Programme Workshop 2 – Working in Hospitals
Monday 20th February 2017
Whitworth Art Gallery
11:15 – 16:00
Two tickets remaining

This second session as part of the programme will focus on the the work the Whitworth Art Gallery does with the local hospital service. We will also hear from the national Paintings in Hospitals Programme about the work they to and how you can get involved. Lastly we will have the opportunity to experience one of the sessions that the Whitworth Art Gallery runs with hospital patients.

To book a place visit the eventbrite page

Health and Wellbeing in Museums Programme Workshop 3 – Dementia
Thursday 16th March 2017
Nantwich Museum
11:00 – 16:00
Six tickets remaining

This final session as part of the programme will focus on the the work the Nantwich Museum does with dementia patients. During the morning we will hear about the background to the work along with planning and research done and in the afternoon we will participate in the excellent Dementia Friend training.

To book a place visit the eventbrite page

If you have any questions please contact Alex Bird – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk