Archive for January, 2019

CONFERENCE: Family Arts Conference 2019 – Exploring the value of arts, culture and creativity for families

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

When: Tuesday 12 February 2019, 10.30am – 5.30pm

Where: Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

How Much: £144 – £210

The UK’s largest family arts and culture conference which will explore the value of family engagement and how we can communicate that value to families, funders and the wider cultural sector.

Join the Family Arts Campaign for a full day of lively discussion, practical workshops, informative key-notes and ample opportunities to network with fellow creative professionals.

Key note presentations from:

Cheryl Taylor – Head of Content, BBC Children’s

Syima Aslam – Artistic Director, Bradford Literature Festival

Dr. Zoe Wyrko – Geriatrician and consultant for the BAFTA-nominated Channel 4 show Old People’s Home for Four Year Olds

Practical workshops:

  • Fundraising advice and support from Cause 4’s Arts, Fundraising & Philanthropy programme
  • Commercial value in your family offer with Baker Richards
  • Evaluation with Big Lottery Fund
  • Digital family engagement and gaming exploration with National Videogame Museum
  • World Café session: led by Family Arts Campaign evaluators who will invite all participants to input into and drive forward our national Campaign.

Panel discussions:

  • Diverse family engagement: Representatives from Bradford Literature Festival and Manchester International Festival will share and discuss their approaches in family audience diversification.
  • Creating intergenerational experiences for older and younger audiences: This group will explore examples of bringing young and older audience to participate together in creative activities. With Moving Memory Dance Theatre and Mousetrap Theatre Projects.
  • Inclusive approaches for family audiences: How can the cultural sector become more inclusive to ensure that all families can engage in creative and cultural participation? With MK Gallery and Leeds City Museum.
  • Outdoor arts for families: Join Outdoor Arts UK, Just So Festival (Wild Rumpus), Upswing and Mufti Games to explore why bringing creative and artistic work outdoors can reach new and diverse families.
  • Effective family marketing strategies: PR company Crystlsd, North East Family Arts network – Family Explorers, Unicorn Theatre and the AMA will discuss valuable approaches to reaching more families.
  • Building interactive experiences for parents and early years: How can we create engaging experiences for parents/carers and young children? Join MishMash Productions, Tate and Turned on its Head to find out more.

To find out more and to book a place, Click Here.

CONFERENCE: Boosting Resilience Forum – Maximising Creative Assets and IP

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

When: Thursday 14 March 2019, 10.30am – 6.30pm

Where: The Bluecoat, Liverpool

How Much: Early bird rate until 14 February 2019 £120, normal rate £160.

Boosting Resilience has announced its final showcase event, the Boosting Resilience Forum: Maximising Creative Assets and IP. With a focus on developing effective strategies for better understanding and maximising the potential of arts and cultural sector creative assets and intellectual property, the forum will be a highly participative day of creative workshops, panel discussions and peer-to-peer sessions.

Who is it for:

This forum is for artists and senior leaders in the arts and cultural sector, and all those invested and engaged in the development and growth of the sector, and the value it delivers to society. Participants should be willing to share their thoughts, expertise and challenges in an generous and proactive way.

What is on offer:

The Forum will use a variety of active and creative formats, blending the expertise of contributors and attendees to develop skills and take away practical tools on:

  • Intellectual Property in Practice Workshop – how to develop your understanding of IP in an action oriented, sector relevant session
  • Successful strategies for personal resilience
  • How to use Creative Journaling to enhance leadership and personal resilience
  • Identifying and mapping your personal or organisational Creative Assets
  • Developing a Theory of Change for your organisation to assist decision making and governance
  • Generating and testing ideas for new projects, products or services based on your Creative Assets and IP
  • Action Learning Sets taster sessions
  • Developing Effective Collaborations

Workshop leaders and presenters include: Nicola Saunders (Director, Business Improvement and Innovation, Arts Council England) Patrick Towell (The Audiences Agency and Golant Media Ventures), Professor Ruth Soetendorp (Cass Business School, City, University of London), Professor Clive Holtham (Cass Business School), Isla Wilson (CEO, Ruby Star Associates), Evelyn Wilson and Suzie Leighton, Directors of The Culture Capital Exchange, members from the Boosting Resilience cohort and team and many others.

For further information and to book a place, Click Here

CONFERENCE: Museums Association’s Moving on Up 2019

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

When:  27 February 2019, timings tbc

Where:  Nottingham Contemporary

How Much: MA members £75, non-members £115

Do you want to advance your career and have greater impact in your work, in your community and in achieving your ambitions?
Moving on Up is the essential event for anyone wanting to:
  • build courage
  • develop their career
  • be a positive force for change
  • create a unique space for themselves in museums
  • think creatively about what they should do next
  • fine new opportunities and make the most of them.
At Moving on Up you will:
  • hear from inspirational leaders
  • learn how to network successfully
  • get top tips on navigating job opportunities
  • discover how to raise your profile in the sector
  • take part in interactive workshops and panel discussions
  • ask and be asked the essential questions for taking your career to the next level

To book a place or for further information about the event, Click Here

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Museums Association Digital Basics Boot Camp

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019

When: 29 January 2019, 10:45am – 5:00pm (registration from 9.45am)

Where: Science and Industry Museum, Manchester

How Much: between £95 – £195

The Museums Association’s digital basics boot camp is a fast-paced one-day conference covering all the essential digital skills that museums need today, including:

  • Digital marketing: Approaches to digital marketing that will allow you to make best use of your institution’s mailing lists and contacts
  • Practical social media: Thinking strategically about social media activity, including effective tools and approaches, and useful case studies
  • Effective content: Identify content in your organisation, writing for the web, and planning and commissioning for the best results
  • Measuring success: Using Google Analytics, surveys and user testing to work out who is using your website, how they are using it, and how you can respond
  • Digital surgery: Do you have specific questions about working online? Delegates may submit questions, and a selection will be answered by the day’s speaker

This event is for any museum professional who wants to polish their digital skills, find out what to spend their time and money on, and gain the confidence to pursue their own digital projects back at their museum.
For further information and to book, Click Here


CONFERENCE: Where Next for Resilience – A summit on securing the future

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019

When:  23 January 2019, 11:00am – 4:30pm

Where: The Birmingham Hippodrome Hurst St, Birmingham B5 4TB

How Much: £50 to cover venue and refreshment costs

Inspired by The Audience Agency and Golant Media Ventures’ recent Arts Council England commissioned report What is Resilience Anyway? – representing the views of more than 1000 cultural practitioners – this summit is an opportunity to map the next steps.

Partnering with Culture Central, we’ll be sharing previously unreleased insights, offering practical solutions for debate and gathering leading thinkers and doers from the creative, public and third sectors for a lively discussion.

How should we respond to the opportunities and challenges the report sets out? What are the implications for individuals, organisations, funders and policymakers across the UK? We’ll explore future scenarios for the cultural sector and co-develop our potential responses.

This is a landmark event for all cultural and creative leaders looking to set the agenda as well as respond to change – to evolve their organisations and better serve their audiences.

To book, Click Here

NEWS: Applications Open – Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019

Deadline: Tuesday 6 February 2019

Has your museum got what it takes to win Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019?

If you would like to make an application, it is recommended that you first read the information pack carefully before connecting with Emma Coleman –, 020 7225 4822 – to discuss your application.