Arts&Heritage has been awarded substantial funds from the Museum Resilience Fund to deliver a pilot programme of training for small museums wishing to learn how to commission contemporary artists.
Working in partnership with CVAN and Museums Development Network in the greater North, this award has been funded as a National initiative and learning will be shared from this project nationally.
Sarah Maxfield, Area Director, North, Arts Council England, said: "Our Museums resilience fund supports museums by enabling them to become more sustainable and robust, whatever their size, and helping them to offer improved experiences for both audiences and artists. I’m delighted that 25 museums across the North have been awarded a total of £4,700,589 in this round and look forward to seeing the results of this funding in the future. The Arts Council’s aim is to achieve great art and culture for everyone – the North has some fantastic museums across the area which between them reach thousands of visitors each year therefore greatly supporting us in our mission."
Arts&Heritage Directors Judith King and Timandra Nichols, said: “We are delighted that we were successful in our application to the Museum Resilience Fund. The fund was over subscribed and highly competitive and so we are grateful to our partners for their strong support and advice throughout the development of the bid. We look forward to working with them on this programme of work."
CVAN National Coordinator Julia Bell said: "Arts&Heritage’s proposal provides a unique opportunity to embed resilience within the Museums sector through a tailored programme of learning provided by Arts&Heritage and supported by CVAN and the Museum Development Network. It will enable museums to develop a stronger understanding of contemporary art, know how working with artists can open up new ways of reaching new audiences, extend and deepen learning with existing audiences and develop new professional opportunities for staff through knowledge exchange. CVAN sees museums as an important sector through which artists can extend and develop their personal practice. A rich heritage of collections provides unlimited opportunities for artists which results in greater resilience for museums.
"CVAN looks forward to developing new conversations and exchange and also welcomes the opportunity for CVAN Coordinators in the North to develop stronger professional relationships with their regional Museum Development Officers. Both have regional remits to strengthen their respective sectors through collaborative learning and work in a similar way. We hope the value of sharing experiences and learning will lead to direct cross sector collaboration over time as relationships are built and this proposal is a strong platform from which to do so."