Want to tour internationally?

As part of an ACE-funded project to develop the capacity of museums to tour 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 and 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 – in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as England – 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 (NMDC). For more information and an application form, please contact: international@nationalmuseums.org.uk.

The deadline for submitting material is Friday 27 November

Xuzhou Primary School Children after workshop at Imperial Decree Museum_Photo courtesy of Tullie House Museum

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International Tourism and UK Museums Workshop

The British Council will host a workshop on museums and international tourism on Thursday 12 March 2015 at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

The event is the culmination of the year-long ACE-funded project to enhance the capacity of UK regional museums to attract tourists from Brazil, Russia, India and China. The workshop aims to ‘demystify’ the workings of international tourism and to demonstrate low-cost approaches to attracting international tourists.

The workshop has five key themes:

  • Understanding how international tourism works
  • Sources of information and support
  • Partnership and Collaborations
  • Reaching the International Market
  • Visitor Experience and Expectations

It will include case studies from a wide range of museums and will cover sources of information and support, marketing to the International Market and visitor experience and expectations.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

     Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 

Participating museums include AIM Members: People’s History Museum, Freud Museum, Culture Coventry, Birmingham Museums Trust and SS Great Britain.

Speakers will include: David Edwards, Head of Research and Forecasting, Visit Britain, Bernard Donoghue, Director, ALVA, and Sally Cordwell, Director of Marketing, Communications and Development, SS Great Britain.

The cost of the one day conference is £25 to include morning tea and coffee and lunch.  Please contact us if you have any dietary requirements.

Tickets are available from: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/international-tourism-and-uk-museums-tickets-14322016537

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British Council launches report on UK-India opportunities for museums

British Council India has launched Museums and Galleries: UK-India Opportunities and Partnerships www.britishcouncil.in/sites/britishcouncil.in2/files/re-imagine_museums_india-uk.pdf and announces funding for 2015.

It is a comprehensive review of the museum sectors in UK and India, including case studies about partnerships between UK and Indian museums. The British Council India commissioned NMDC to produce the UK element of the document, and the information will help inform both UK and Indian museums as they develop plans to work together.

The document was launched as part of the Museums Roundtable discussion in India in October during the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport’s recent visit to India. It forms part of the British Council India’s Re-Imagine programme which is developing partnerships between Indian and UK institutions, artists and communities using all art forms, including museums.

Arts Council England and the British Council will make £1.5m of funding available in 2015 to support English artists and arts organisations to develop collaborations with their Indian counterparts. 

China-UK Connections Development Grants Open for Applications

China-UK Connection through Culture Development Grant Round 18/中英文化连线发展基金第18期开放

The British Council is pleased to announce the launch of the 18th round of the China-UK Connections Development Grant. The grant will enable one member of staff from your organisation to visit your counterparts in China or the UK between February and July 2015, with the aim of furthering the face-to-face discussions needed to develop projects between you and your counterparts.

China-UK Connections through Culture programme offers support, information, advice, networking opportunities and development grants to cultural organisations in China and the UK, aiming to build long lasting relationships and to develop exciting cultural collaborations between organisations between the two countries.

Application open: Monday, 13 October 2014
Application deadline: Sunday, 7 December 2014
Results out: Friday, 9 January 2015
For visits taking place between February and July 2015

Read the full announcement and a downloadable application form:http://www.britishcouncil.cn/en/programmes/arts/connections-culture

This will be the last CtC grant round.

 

Full programme for Working Internationally Regional Project Workshop

The full programme has been announced for the first Working Internationally Regional Workshop and it looks a really great line up.

If you are thinking about or doing international work or work with international partners this could be really useful. Booking is now open for all the workshops, with the first on in Leeds on Wednesday 24th September. Details and booking here for all five workshops.

The Leeds event programme:

10:30 – 16:30, 24 September 2014

Leeds City Gallery, Thoresby Room

 

10:00                  Registration and refreshments

10:30                                     Introduction and welcome

Dr Carol Ann Scott, Chair of ICOM UK

10:45                                    Session 1 – Case-studies

  1. Bede’s World – Mike Benson, Director and Kathy Cremin, Hive Radio

Locally rooted, internationalist in our thinking – a case-study about Bede’s World’s philosophy and approach to working with all communities and their locality live in the world, focussing on ways of being open and connected to working internationally. Key considerations will include:

  • Thinking small – exerting small human influences from person to person, working through networks
  • Humanising decision-making
  • Creating social spaces
  • Beauty and simplicity of technology
  • Considering risk / scale

http://www.bedesworld.co.uk/

  1. The Oriental Museum at Durham University – Dr Craig Barclay, Curator

Case-study focussing on work with and around The Oriental Museum’s Japanese collections.

https://www.dur.ac.uk/oriental.museum/ 

11:45                   Session 2 – Funding

Creative Europe Desk UK – Culture – Claire Sharples, Co-ordinator (England)

Overview on EU culture funding under the Creative Europe programme, including what funding is available, what types of co-operation projects are eligible, and details of further events and support for applications.

http://www.culturefund.eu/

Dana Andrew, Project Co-ordinator, Working Internationally Regional Project

Brief overview on additional sources of funding for international work.

12:45                                     Introduction to Voices of Asia Gallery

Antonia Lovelace, Curator of World Cultures, Leeds City Museum

http://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/leedscitymuseum/Voices-Of-Asia.aspx

 

13:00                                     Buffet lunch and gallery visit

14:00                   Questions and discussion with the panel of speakers

14:15                  Session 3 – Developing ideas for working internationally

Facilitated by Dr Carol Ann Scott and Dana Andrew

                                    Working in small groups this session will provide a supportive space to explore ideas for working internationally. Share and develop your ideas with colleagues outside of your organisation to determine your motivations for working internationally, the benefits you hope to receive, what you could offer an international partnership, and where to begin with advocacy and fundraising.

15:00                                     Refreshments

15:15                                     Session 4 – Practical ‘how to’ session

Sam Elliott, Team Leader – Museum Services Development, Bolton Library and Museum Service

Session exploring specific areas of international work drawn from Bolton Museum’s experience of international touring exhibitions – Quest for Immortality: The Hidden Treasure of Ancient Egypt (organised by United Exhibits Group) and Towards Modernity: Three Centuries of British Art (organised by the Greater Manchester Museums Group)

  1. Raising an organisation’s profile through international work.
  2. Considerations for generating income through international work.

http://www.boltonmuseums.org.uk/

http://www.gmmg.org.uk/international-touring/

http://www.unitedexhibits.com/

16:15 –                                     Summary and close

16:30                                    Dr Carol Ann Scott

 

 

 

Have you done international work? Would you like to? Please tell us about it!

AIM is part of a steering group, led by ICOM UK and including the British Council, Heritage Without Borders and NMDC, on the Working Internationally Regional Project. The project aims to support regional museums in developing international work.

A very broad view of international work is taken, including working abroad, or with international partners in the UK, as well as with international communities in the UK. Project manager, Dana Andrews,  has now launched a Working Internationally Regional Project survey, which gives colleagues in the museum and heritage sector an opportunity to tell us about international work being carried out, or ambitions to do so.

Through the survey we would also like colleagues to tell us what support they require to work internationally so that we can develop and deliver the content of the regional workshops in line with the needs of the sector.

To complete the survey, click on the URL below or copy and paste it into your web browser.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/W-I-R-P

Please complete the survey before Friday 8 August to be entered into a prize draw to win a free place and travel bursary (up to £75) to attend one of the regional workshops.  One free place and travel bursary is available for each of the five workshops (one in each ACE geographic area).

 

British Council offers India travel grants for museums – reminder deadline soon

The British Council, through its Connections through Culture programme in India, is offering travel grants for non-national museums to travel to India. The aim of the scheme is to enable UK non-national museums to build and develop institutional links, to share skills and to create joint projects or exhibitions with museums in India. Each grant is sufficient to cover the total cost of a week-long visit to India. The grant scheme is open to all non-national museums in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

For further details and an application form, contact Jane Weeks, Museums & Heritage Adviser, British Council jane.weeks@britishcouncil.org.

The deadline for applications is 18 July 2014 and travel must be undertaken by 28 May 2015. 

‘Working Internationally Regional Project’ launched in June

AIM is pleased to be involved in a new project which will help regional museums find out more about and increase their capacity to work internationally – whether that is working abroad or working in the UK with international partners.

Led by ICOM-UK in association with the National Museum Directors’ Council, the Association of Independent Museums, the British Council and Heritage Without Borders, the Working Internationally Regional Project (funded by Arts Council England’s Renaissance Strategic Support Fund) aims to facilitate regional and local museums and galleries to develop the confidence and skills to work internationally.

This will be achieved through:

  • developing a clearer picture of international work across the sector and the challenges faced;
  • a series of practical workshops to consider how these challenges can be addressed through good practice, providing information and developing partnerships;
  • scoping a mentoring scheme for smaller museums with ambitions to work internationally;
  • creating a resources section on the ICOM-UK website based on the outcomes of the research and workshops.

The project has now entered the research phase and examples of international work of all types and scales from across the museum and heritage sector are sought.  If your museum or gallery is working internationally, or has plans or ambitions to do so, please contact Dana Andrew, Project Co-ordinator, dana@cuello-andrew.co.uk

Five regional workshops will run from September 2014 to January 2015 and the details will be announced on the ICOM-UK website http://uk.icom.museum/working-internationally-regional-project/

If you are thinking about working internationally you may also be interested in our earlier blog about the British Council awards for travel to India for non-national museums.

British Council offers India travel grants

 The British Council, through its Connections through Culture programme in India, is offering travel grants for non-national museums to travel to India.

The aim of the scheme is to enable UK non-national museums to build and develop institutional links, to share skills and to create joint projects or exhibitions with museums in India. Each grant is sufficient to cover the total cost of a week-long visit to India. The grant scheme is open to all non-national museums in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

For further details and an application form, contact Jane Weeks, Museums & Heritage Adviser, British Council jane.weeks@britishcouncil.org.

The deadline for applications is 18 July 2014 and travel must be undertaken by 28 May 2015.