Archive for March, 2019

NEWS: Dates of Engage’s Children’s Art Week 2019 Announced

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

Deadline for registration to participate: late May (exact date not given)

This year Children’s Art Week will take place from Saturday 8 – Sunday 16 June, with the kind support of the Arts Society. Every year Engage invites schools, galleries, museums and community groups to devise and register visual arts events for children and families over a week in June. These activities give children and young people, together with their teachers, parents and carers – the opportunity to get involved with a very broad range of practical art activities with artists and makers.

Organisers receive support from Engage to devise, run and publicise their events. Through evaluation Engage has learned that Children’s Art Week is a valuable opportunity for venues to reach out to new visitors and take part in a national event. The first 40 venues to register will be offered £50 grant towards costs. Participating venues will receive support to run, publicise and brand their events, including stickers, logos and press release templates.

For further details and to register your your venue, Click Here.

MEMBER EVENT: Kirkby Gallery – Anthony Ratcliffe Printmaking Workshops

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

When: 4, 6 and 7 June, and the 6, 8 and 9 August, 10am – 3.30pm

Where: Kirkby Gallery

How Much: £30.00 including materials

Led by artist Anthony Ratcliffe, these one day printmaking workshops will give participants the opportunity to learn how to make a woodcut and produce a mounted print to take home – ideal for beginners and those with some experience. Anthony is now a full time printmaker after many years lecturing at Manchester School of Art, and is a member of Manchester Academy of Fine Arts, and Leeds Fine Artists. He has prints in many public and private collections including The British Council, the Parliamentary Art Collection, Manchester Airport PLC, Manchester Royal Infirmary and MMU Special Collections.

To book a place on one of the workshops, please contact Tina Ball (, 0151 443 4936).

WORKSHOP: Collections Trust – Collections Management Standard

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

When: Friday 14 June 2019, 10.00am – 4.00pm

Where: Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston

How Much: Free

The collections management standard (Spectrum 5.0) was launched in September 2017 following extensive consultation with the museum sector. This session, led by Sarah Brown (Collections Trust), will focus on the documentation and information required for accountability and the Museum Accreditation standard requirement 5.2.

Together, participants will review the latest Spectrum 5.0 primary procedures, with opportunities to reflect on how they are approached by your organisation and develop actions for improvement. Sarah will also highlight the key changes to the standard. Delegates will be encouraged to participate through discussions and activities, and there will be plenty of opportunity for questions throughout.

For further details, and information on how to book, Click Here.

WORKSHOP: Collections Trust – Documentation Procedural Manuals

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

When: 25 April 2019, 10.00 – 1.00pm

Where: Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston

How Much: Free

A documentation procedural manual is an evolving series of clear instructions to standardise the capture, recording, safekeeping and use of information about museum collections. Part of the Collections Trust’s work to support the Accredited Museums scheme in the North West, this workshop will describe the documentation system used in a particular museum and communicate that system to all staff and volunteers. It is a requirement of the Museum Accreditation Scheme that Accredited museums have a documentation procedural manual in place.

This workshop will be led by Sarah Brown (Collections Trust), and will explore what makes a good manual, putting participant’s manuals to the test and identifying how they might be improved.

To book a place, Click Here.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Lancashire County Council, Finds Liaison Officer

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

What: Finds Liaison Officer

Where: Lancashire County Council Museums Headquarters, Preston (requires travel around Lancashire)

Salary: £20,541 – £23,866 per annum (pro rata)

Contract: Part time, 18.5 hours a week (fixed-term until March 2020)

Deadline:  7 April 2019

Lancashire County Council is currently looking for someone to join its team as a Finds Liaison Officer (FLO), working across a number of venues and with members of the public, metal detector users and colleagues in the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

The role is key to the effective running of the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) which ensures that the Treasure Act is adhered to and fully observed. The FLO’s primary objectives are to educate and inform people regarding the Treasure Act; encourage the recognition of the archaeological importance of finds and responsible metal detector use; actively collect and upload finds data as part of the national PAS, and adding to Lancashire County Council’s knowledge of the past and making it readily accessible to the public.

For a full job description and person specification, along with details of how to apply, Click Here.

CONFERENCE: Rewire – Culture, Audiences and You

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

When: 9 – 11 July 2019

Where: Sage Gateshead, Newcastle

How Much: £418.00 – £608.00

Join the Arts Marketing Association for the 2019 Conference and be inspired, share challenges, create new connections and learn new ways of doing things. Delve deep into what it means to connect and realise stronger relationships with audiences, exploring what connection really means for audiences, partners and colleagues to ensure your organisation thrives.

AMA understand that the world is changing quickly, so now’s your chance to step away from the day-to-day and rewire your thinking about your relationships with audiences. What does the future hold for society, our sector, our audiences and our organisations? How can we make the  most of these opportunities? If there are challenges ahead, what tools do we need in order to be resilient?

Join hundreds of other cultural professionals over two and half days of keynotes, breakout sessions, socials and plenty of networking opportunities.

For details of the full programme and how to book your place, Click Here.

CONFERENCE: Amazing Spaces – New Thinking on Exhibition Design

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

When: 30 April, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Where: Wellcome Collection, London

How Much: £55.00 – £195.00

With fast advances in technology approaches to exhibition design are changing. A Museums Association’s one-day conference, Amazing Spaces will examine the ever-increasing focus on visitor experience, and the rise of co-curation and co-design. But how can we make use of these advances to tell the best stories possible? The conference will bring together designers, curators and engagement facilitators to discuss how exhibition design is developing, and hear how those behind current design projects have made the most of these opportunities.

Aimed at anyone involved in creating permanent or temporary displays and exhibitions, the day presents new ideas, provoke discussion, and allow delegates to build new relationships.

For further details on speakers, and how to book your place, Click Here

TENDER OPPORTUNITY: Tender Opportunity: Revealing Wigan Archives – Heritage Exhibition and Interpretation

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

Deadline for Applications: 8 April 2019, 5.00pm

Contract value: £320,500

Wigan Council has release details of a contract to work with the Council’s Archives and Local Studies service on the Revealing Wigan Archives Project, supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund. The project will develop a modern, vibrant and exciting new public Archive Service for the Borough of Wigan and a dedicated exhibition space for the people of Leigh and its surrounding communities.

Working within the existing structure of Leigh Town Hall – a Grade II listed structure – the project will create new permanent and temporary exhibition spaces to display the Borough’s Archive and Museum collections. These new spaces will be co-curated with a wide range of stakeholders including local people, volunteers, schools and other partners. The new exhibition and interpretation will reflect the changing nature of our Archives and Museums, broaden our audiences and future-proof our services.

This project forms part of a wider scheme of work to refurbish in full the Leigh Town Hall building and create a new archive facility within the building, including a new public search room, collection strong rooms, document conservation area and café space. The full Town Hall scheme will create and make ready the new exhibition spaces for the appointed exhibition and interpretation contractor to work within. The contractor must co-ordinate with the main building project and work within the limitations of designing for and installation in a listed and multi-tenanted occupied building hosting a range of Council teams and services.

As part of this major redevelopment, Wigan Council are seeking a Contractor to undertake all design and fit-out for the new exhibition spaces and site interpretation including, but not limited to, all interpretation, graphic design and production, display cases, case layouts, audio-visual interpretation, gallery lighting, interactive development and build, object mounting, and installation and snagging. The Contractor will also undertake public consultation with a range of stakeholders as part of the exhibition development and design process. The exhibition is scheduled to be open to public access in Spring 2020.

To read the full invitation to tender, Click Here.

FUNDING: The Rayne Foundation

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

For over fifty years The Rayne Foundation has given to many different causes and organisations.  Founded by Lord Rayne (1918-2003) who made great efforts to ensure the Rayne Foundation was engaged with the needs of society, a mission still upheld today.

Always looking for creative ways of tackling entrenched social issues through the arts, health, wellbeing, and education, the Foundation supports projects that can be replicated and led by people with vision. They particularly welcome applications addressing their three areas of special interest: young people’s mental health, art as a tool to achieve social change, and improved quality of life for carers and older people.

Aiming to enlarge sympathies through increasing tolerance and understanding, to reduce exclusion and conflict, to bring people together for the good of society, and ultimately to help create a more comprehending and cohesive world, the Foundation encourage inspiring individuals and organisations who can build bridges within our complex world to apply.

To find out more about the Foundation’s work and how to make an application, Click Here

NEWS: British Museum Call for Partners for Knowledge Exchange 2019

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

Deadline for Applications: Thursday 28 March 2019

The British Museum is seeking five new partner museums to participate in its annual Knowledge Exchange programme for 2019. The programme is part of the wide-ranging National Programmes at the British Museum,which partners with c.250 UK organisations a year through single-object Spotlight tours, touring exhibitions, partnership galleries, short-and long-term loans, training and skills development initiatives. Generously supported by the Vivmar Foundation, the Knowledge Exchange programme offers the opportunity of a fully funded and co-ordinated five-day professional exchange between paid staff, in any role, at five selected partner museums and the British Museum.

For further information on the programme, Click Here.

To discuss the opportunity further and submit an expression of interest, contact: Georgia Mallin, Knowledge Share Programme Manager ( – 020 7323 8266).

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Arts Marketing Association’s Copywriting Day

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

When: Thursday 28 March, 10.00am – 4.30pm

Where: The Tetley, Leeds

How Much: £90.00 – £262.80

When it comes to creating copy to entice audiences, the struggle is real. How do you remain authentic when you want to win people over? How do you sound breezy with one eye fixed on your bottom line? How do you keep your copy light and friendly when you also need to sell tickets?

AMA’s Copywriting Day 2019 — putting words in their place, is a day dedicated to exploring how to keep your copy fresh. You’ll learn how to create simple and honest comms alongside theories such as nudge psychology. Delve into creative copy that is cross-functional for print and online platforms. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel with each tweet. Keep things simple and effective.

For a full programme and details on how to book your place, Click Here

MEMBER EVENT: Knowsley Culture’s Affordable Art Auction

Sunday, March 17th, 2019


When: Thursday 9 May, 5.00pm – 8.00pm

Where: Kirkby Gallery

Currently showing in Kirkby Gallery is the 18th Annual Knowsley Open Art Exhibition, with over 250 creative works from local artists of all ages who live, work, study or volunteer in Knowsley. To make this year’s exhibition all the more exciting, the artworks will be sold at a live auction conducted by celebrity auctioneer Adam Partridge, with a percentage of the proceeds going towards the Friends of Kirkby Gallery and Prescot Museum to support their work. A fun opportunity to purchase an original artwork from the auction, which also features work donated by our artist friends including Willy Russell, Mike Kirby, Philip Garrett, Gill Cowley, Anthony Ratcliffe, and Paul Romano – to name but a few!
An RSVP only event, please contact Tina Ball (0151 443 5617 / 4936, to book your place. 

SEMINAR: Touring Exhibition Group’s Annual Marketplace Seminar

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

Where: Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum

When: Thursday 2 and Friday 3 May

How Much: £35.00 – £45.00

Join colleagues nationwide at the TEG Marketplace and Pre-Marketplace Seminar for one or two days of networking and inspiration at the UK’s principal touring and partnership exhibitions networking event.

Day One

The first day of this year’s seminar will explore how to commission creative content, graphic design and exhibition build and infrastructure to tour. It will look at the imaginative, practical and contractual steps involved in commissioning artists, writers, poets and other creatives, as well as graphic and exhibition designers, to help you get the most out of these relationships. Speakers will include: Brian Cass, Senior Curator Hayward Touring, Matt Windle, Poetry with a Punch (Birmingham Poet Laureate), Jessica Litherland, Visual Arts and Media Producer, MAC, Emma Daker, Exhibitions and Project Development Manager, Craftspace, and Juneau Projects.

Day Two

TEG’s annual Marketplace is a unique opportunity for organisations developing or supporting the development of touring and partnership exhibitions to network, discuss projects and exchange ideas.

For details of the full programme and how to book your place, Click Here

WORKSHOP: Touring Exhibitions Group – Preparing to Borrow

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

When: Wednesday 5 June, 10.00am – 4.30pm

Where: Merseyside Maritime Museum

How Much: £25.00 – £35.00

Organised by the Touring Exhibitions Group, this workshops will support participants to acquire the knowledge and confidence to make an application to borrow an object or exhibition.

An interactive session, based on problem solving and discussion, the workshop will cover topics including: the benefits of borrowing; researching suitable objects and exhibitions for loan and hire; making a case to borrow; communicating with lenders; loan applications; fees and contracts; sources of funding; scheduling; transportation; facilities reports; Government Indemnity and commercial insurance; security; and emergency planning.

The workshop will be  delivered by a TEG trainer, William Brown, National Security Advisor, Carol Warner, Government Indemnity Scheme (GIS) Manager, and a member of Art Fund’s team. The training encourages networking, and provides the opportunity to meet colleagues from other organisations who are looking to borrow and find partners.

For further information on the workshop and its programme and details of how to book, Click Here.

FUNDING: Marsh Christian Trust

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

Founded in 1981 by its current Chairman, Mr Brian Marsh OBE, with the aim to create a sustainable way to give something back to society, by supporting the organisations and people who are making a difference, as best he could. From the outset the Trust has aimed to create long-standing relationships with the organisations it supports and partners through both its principle areas of work; the Grants Programme and the Awards Scheme.

The Trust focuses on providing funding which could help small organisations pay for various running costs – such as volunteer expenses, training days, equipment maintenance and other core outgoings – and supports around 300 charities every year through the Grants Programme and gives over 80 different Awards to individuals and groups from across the charity sector, who make a difference to a cause that they believe in.

Grants are unrestricted and range from £250-£4,000, with new applications at the lower end of this scale. Applications are considered on the basis of the organisation’s financial position, performance against charitable aims and objectives and the ratio of voluntary income against fundraising expenses.

The Trust aims to build long-standing relationships with successful applicants and, subject to an annual review, continue its support over time.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Art Fund New Collecting Awards

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

Deadline for applications – 24 April 2019

Through the New Collecting Awards we aim to support the next generation of curatorial leaders across the UK. Applications are accepted from curators in the early stages of their career, or who have had limited opportunities to collect and who are employed by, or working in partnership with, museums and galleries that hold at least provisional accreditation.

The awards offer 100% funding for focused collecting projects, enabling curators to expand museum and gallery collections into exciting new areas or deepen existing holdings in imaginative ways.

Awardees also receive a generous funding allocation for research, travel and training, plus the support of a mentor, Art Fund staff and our trustees.

To find out more about the Award and how to apply, Click Here.