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Arts Council England announces Renaissance major partner museums and Museum Development Fund

The Arts Council has announced the 16 major partner museums, as well as further details of the Museum Development Fund.

The 16 Renaissance Major partners will together receive approximately £20 million a year in funding for the next three years as part of its Renaissance programme for regional museums.

These awards follow the Arts Council's assumption of responsibilities for museum development from the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) in 2011.

Arts Council England: Strategic Touring Programme – deadline 2 March

The £45 million programme aims to encourage collaboration between cultural organisations so more people across England experience and are inspired by the arts, particularly in places which rely on touring for much of their arts provision.

Awards of £10,000 and above will support touring across all artforms including theatre, dance, music, literature and the visual arts. Museums and libraries are able to apply to the Strategic touring programme as long as the work proposed is primarily arts focused.

Arts Audience Participation Funding Launched – deadline 9 January 2012

Arts Council England has opened a new fund to support the growth and retention of arts audiences in England. The Audience Focus fund aims to engage more people in museums, libraries and the arts by supporting organisations to understand retain and develop their audiences.

Creativity in the community - 2 February 2012

London Arts and Health Forum, in partnership with Arts Council England, are hosting a learning and networking event on 2 February 2012 from 10am-1pm at Arts Council England, 14 Great Peter Street, London, SW1P 3NQ.

The focus of the event is the role of creativity and well being in community settings, sharing particularly the findings from Be Creative Be Well and interim data from Well London. 

State of the arts: artists shaping the world, Salford – 14 February 2012

State of the arts, the national conference for the arts and culture sector: Held in Salford, the event will be hosted by Arts Council England in conjunction with the BBC, The Lowry, Salford City Council and Manchester City Council.

This event is aimed at senior level management from arts and cultural organisations, artists and senior figures involved in the arts from agencies, local authorities, higher education and the media.

Turning Point Network evaluation report

Arts Council England has published the final evaluation report of the pilot stage of the Turning Point project.                   

The Turning Point Network is a national network comprising 13 regional groups of artists, arts professionals and organisations. It was formed to deliver Turning Point, the 10-year strategy for strengthening the visual arts in England published in 2006.

£100m Catalyst Fund

Arts Council England, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have announced further details of the £100 million Catalyst scheme to boost private giving to the cultural sector and build long-term resilience, sustainability and innovation.

Full guidance for applicants has now been published with the first part of the scheme now open for heritage applications.

Eight projects selected to receive Digital R&D funding

Eight projects that will harness digital technologies for the benefit of the arts and cultural sector have been selected to receive funding from the Digital R&D Fund for Arts and Culture, run by Arts Council England, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and NESTA.

Following the launch of the £500,000 fund in early June, 495 projects applied for a total of £28.5 million worth of funding. 18 projects were shortlisted and interviewed before eight were selected to receive funding. The successful organisations are:

Arts Council England Renaissance funding of regional museums – deadline 2 November

The funding for the reworked Renaissance major grants programme - which replaces the MLA's core museums fund - is £20m a year. For the first time, major grants to regional museums will be awarded via an open application process, assessed against published criteria, in a similar fashion to the National portfolio funding process for arts organisations earlier this year.

Arts Council England taking on responsibility for museums

From 1 October, Arts Council England (ACE) will assume responsibility for museums and libraries following the abolition of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. In advance of this, ACE has published ‘Culture, Knowledge and Understanding’ its policy document for museums and libraries. The document sets out goals and ambitions for the sector including a commitment to “champion the importance of creative experiences to people’s wellbeing”.


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