Details of current and forthcoming workshops and seminars are listed below. TEG will be pleased to receive your suggestions for future seminar topics - please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Partnerships and collaborations
Monday 27th June 2011
1030 Registration, Seminar 1100 until 1530
The Quilt Museum, St Anthony's Hall, Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PW
Building successful partnerships is an essential part of a cultural organisation work; it can increase audience participation and allow new interpretations of existing collections. Touring exhibitions are in such a position so that an organisation’s collection can be utilised in partnership to inform, entertain, and educate new and existing audiences, increase access to collections, and bring the collection out of the organisation and to the public.
But partnerships take time to develop and it is important that relationships are nurtured, partnership opportunities are mapped, and collaborations well managed. TEG has commissioned this seminar to look at the best practice in partnership working, provide delegates with knowledge to develop new partnership, and inspire organisations to think how they can develop their partnership offer.
With an introduction on successful partnership working from Emma King, and speakers from Tyne and Wear museums discussing their dispersed collection exhibitions and partnership mapping; National Museums Liverpool speaking about their successful Plantastic exhibition and the Quilt Museum talking about their current partnership activities there is a wealth of knowledge and experience to hear about.
1030 – 1100: Registration
1100 – 1230: Introduction to partnership working, Emma King consultant
1230 – 1330: Lunch
1330 – 1415: Plantastic, Anne Lord, National Museums Liverpool
1415 – 1500: Dispersed Collection exhibitions, Bill Griffiths and Emily King, Tyne and Wear Museums
1500 – 1510: Refreshments
1510 – 1600: Partnerships and an opportunity to explore the exhibitions, The Quilt Museum, Fiona Diaper
PROMOTING TOURING EXHIBITIONS
FRIDAY 22nd OCTOBER 2010
BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY: GAS HALL
Promoting Touring Exhibitions will provide delegates with an introduction to marketing techniques and strategies, looking at how one can identify key target audiences and deliver your product to them. The day will explore both how to promote exhibitions for hire and also how to market the hired exhibition to the general public in the host venue. Consisting of a mixture of practical advice and case studies from large and small organisations it will be excellent opportunity to discover new marketing skills, brush up on your existing ones, and network with other people and organisations in the touring exhibitions world.
FRIDAY 19 MARCH, LEEDS CITY MUSEUM
The Marketplace seminar programme was in the format of a series of presentations on the practicalities of touring exhibitions from small-scale to international, including collaborative models for developing touring.Sessions and speakers:
Session 1: 12.05-12.30
Evolution - The Theory Demonstrated
Clive McCready, General Manager, TESS Demountable
A practical and light-hearted demonstration of a demountable showcase live on stage. Audience members will be invited to participate and will be shown how to assemble and dismantle a high quality Evolution showcase as used for the Tutankhamun Touring Exhibitions. The demonstration is intended to dispel the myths about how difficult it is supposed to be to build/dismantle touring exhibition showcases. Questions and heckling will be welcome!
Session 2: 14.00-14.25
The British Council Collection, its use in the UK and partnership exhibition programmes
Including in 2010 significant exhibitions at Whitechapel Gallery, London and the Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh.
Sarah Gillett, Visual Arts Manager, British Council, London
Sarah Gillett is Visual Arts Manager for the British Council in London. With a Fine Art background, she has worked for the British Council for 10 years, and regularly gives lectures and workshops alongside British Council exhibition programmes. Her predominant responsibilities are in developing new ways of working with the Collection and overseeing the British Pavilion presentations at the Venice Biennale. With this in mind, she commissions rich media content for both the British Council Collection and Venice Biennale online, for greater global access to the arts.
Session 3: 14.30-14.55
CraftCube: A new approach to exhibiting contemporary craft
A Crafts Council and University of Newcastle collaboration
Dr Jayne Wallace, Research Fellow, Culture Lab, University of Newcastle
Sarah Turner, Curatorial Projects Officer, Crafts Council
The CraftCube initiative presents new ways of displaying, interpreting and accessing contemporary craft with the aim to engage with a broad audience profile. The programme, comprising individual, free standing display environments has been developed to accommodate two aspects of practice. A first programme strand showcases objects from the Crafts Council Collection, bringing selected objects to life with dynamic interpretation methods. A second strand provides a platform for the work of Research Fellows that are at the cutting edge of contemporary practice.
Research-based CraftCubes are being designed directly with Fellows to make manifest an aspect of their practice-based research. The presentation will focus on the collaboration between the Crafts Council and the Culture Lab cluster based at the University of Newcastle to develop a display exploring the potential of digital-jewellery.
Session 4: 15.00-15.25
museumaker: unlocking the creative potential of collections
Speaker: Susie O’Reilly, co-director, museumaker
Following a successful regional pilot, museumaker (mm) is a now a national project (www.museumaker.com) funded by the MLA, Renaissance and Arts Council England. mm is working cross-regionally with 16 diverse museum partners and their commissioned makers to build capacity and explore how museums and historic houses – of all sizes, types of governance and collections, can benefit from the rich resources and creative energy of the contemporary craft sector. The mosaic of projects and installations - which start to go live for the public from June – seek to demonstrate innovative ways of bringing collections and heritage sites to life, drawing in new audiences, actively engaging communities and supporting the development of craft-led retail products.
Session 5: 15.30-15.55
Reaching New Audiences Through Touring Exhibitions
J Michael Phillips, Head of Archives & Museum, Bethlem Royal Hospital
Bethlem Royal Hospital was founded in 1247, the country’s oldest mental hospital. With nearly a thousand artworks we are Britain’s only museum specialising in historic and contemporary psychiatric art. We have a small staff of five employees, and a very small building.
This presentation will show how a small museum can reach new and larger audiences through touring exhibitions. In 2003-04 we had 900 on-site visitors and 5,000 off-site visitors. In 2008-09 we had 2,400 on-site visitors and 85,000 off-site visitors.
We have had successes and a few problems. We have learned how to make an exhibition work well and how to make life easier for the borrower. We have also seen how things can go wrong and learned what to avoid. We have been involved in single source exhibitions, partner exhibitions and multiple collaborative exhibitions. We hope our experiences may help others.
The Brindley, Runcorn, Cheshire
Thursday 17 September 2009
Raising funds for exhibitions is challenging at the best of times, and even more so given the current economic climate. This seminar looked at ways of seeking sponsors, negotiating terms and managing expectations. The event welcomed delegates with an interest in generating and managing exhibitions in all types of venues, including curators, managers, exhibition organisers and those involved in sponsorship and development.
Talk 1: Long-term Corporate Partnerships: Challenges and Benefits
Pim Baxter, Development Director, National Portrait Gallery
Talk 2: The Model Sponsorship: Exploiting opportunity - Managing Expectation
Donna Loveday, Exhibitions Manager, Design Museum
Brenda Parkinson and Eleanor Wotherspoon, Arts and Business North
Talk 4: Flying the nest (a bit!) - Launching a fundraising campaign at a local authority museum
Hollie Smith-Charles, Fundraising & Development Manager, Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery
Preview of the next exhibition at The Brindley: Creative Minds with Visual Arts Officer Louise Hesketh
Copies of the talks and presentations are available to members on the Seminar Papers webpage.
How do you develop new audiences through touring exhibitions?
V&A Museum of Childhood
Monday 6 April 2009
Hosted by the V&A Museum of Childhood, London, on 6 April to generate discussion and ideas on touring exhibitions as a way of developing audiences. The event welcomed delegates from curatorial, learning, marketing and exhibitions departments at historical, social, visual arts and crafts organisations. It aimed to provide advice and information on developing audiences looking at specific case studies from a range of venues.
11.00 Registration with tea and coffee
11.30 Welcome by the Chair, Andy Horn, Chair of TEG
11.40 Welcome from the V&A Museum of Childhood
11.45 Developing lower income and hard-to-reach audiences
Teresa Whittaker, Exhibition Curator, Museums Sheffield
12.15 Developing family audiences
Stephen Nicholls, Exhibitions Manager, V&A Museum of Childhood
12.45 Tour of Top to Toe: Fashion for Kids exhibition
Sarah Wood, Exhibition Curator for Top to Toe, V&A Museum of Childhood
14.00 Developing audiences outside venues
Alison Chisholm, Travelling Gallery Curator, Edinburgh
14.30 Developing culturally diverse audiences
Maria Ragan, Exhibitions & Design Manager, Horniman Museum
15.00 Developing schools audiences
Adam Goldwater, Learning Officer, Tyne and Wear Museum Service
15.30 Seminar evaluation survey and prize draw
15.40 Close by Chair, Andy Horn, Chair of TEG
15.45 Opportunity to visit exhibition / galleries
Copies of talks and presentations will be made available for members to download from the Seminar Papers webpage.
Touring Exhibitions in Alternative Venues
Monday 15 September 2008
Portico Library, Manchester
Hosted by the Portico Library, Manchester, to generate discussion and ideas on touring exhibitions in alternative, non-gallery venues, the event welcomed exhibition organisers with an interest in outreach and audience development outside traditional gallery spaces, including community venues, churches, hospitals, schools, architecture centres, libraries, rural venues, sports and garden centres. It aimed to provide advice and information on alternative models of touring and collections mobility, looking at particular case studies in a range of non-gallery venues.
Copies of talks and presentations will be made available for download from the Seminar Papers webpage.
Details of the seminar:
Programme (Word doc, 48KB)
Evaluation survey report (Word doc, 62KB)
This was the eighth in TEG’s new programme of seminars, supported by funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.