Going for Gold

Trainee curator Imogen Crarer successfully achieved her Gold Arts Award during her six-month internship at the Museum of Cornish Life

I hadn’t heard of the Arts Award programme until I started at the museum, although it is well known in the arts sector. I was encouraged to take part and I’m so glad I did.’

Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England explains the Gold Arts Award as ‘a Level 3 qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) designed for young people aged 16-25. To achieve a Gold Arts Award, young people collect evidence in an individual arts portfolio of their experiences of personal arts development and leadership of an arts project.’

Imogen explained, ‘for the Gold Arts Award, you have to develop an existing skill and learn a new skill. It helps if you pick something you are really interested in as it’s a lot of work. In my case, these skills were curatorial practice and creative writing – something I have enjoyed all my life. It was quite a challenge but I really wanted to achieve it for myself and for our wonderful museum, as completing the award in six months meant we would be the first museum in Cornwall to deliver a Gold Arts Award.

It was such a great learning experience for me and I had so much fun! It gave added structure and targets to my internship which encouraged me beyond my daily role to attend arts events and engage with lots of interesting creative people in a different way. I would encourage anyone who wants to develop their skills and is interested in the arts to look into having a go. You meet cool people and do cool stuff while learning new skills and getting a qualification along the way – what could be better!

Doing my Gold Arts Award has been hugely valuable for my C.V. It has helped my job applications to stand out as well as giving me lots of material for interviews, especially practical examples of project management and self-development. Although the Award is arts-based, the skills and experiences you gain are transferable to different careers, sometimes in ways you hadn’t anticipated! I am fortunate enough to be able to prove this directly. I have recently secured a Training Contract to become a lawyer with one of the biggest regional law firms. Throughout the application process I drew on my Arts Award experiences and during my final interview, I discussed how the process of learning my new skill of creative writing has broadened the way I think and work better, enabling me to approach problems creatively. My interview panel gave me feedback which noted this answer as particularly strong. I am proud to share this example to show that the skills you learn through a Gold Arts Award are transferable and useful within and beyond the heritage/arts sectors.

I am very grateful to the museum staff and volunteers for their endless patience and teaching me so much, and to CultivatorCornwall Museums Partnership and Arts Council England. Finally, thanks to the museum’s Community Engagement Curator and my Arts Award supervisor Isobel King for all your support.’

– Imogen Crarer

Imogen has a BA in History from the University of Exeter and a MA in Modern History from King’s College, London. If you want to see her Gold Arts Award exhibition ‘Curating Curious Cornwall’ and some of her other work, please take a look at her Facebook Live videos on the Museum of Cornish Life’s Facebook page (@musecornishlife).

Evaluation Consultant – Leach 100 Centenary Project

Evaluation of the Leach 100 Project (supported by ACE)

Invitation to tender

4K fixed fee

 

2020 marks the celebration of 100 years of the Leach Pottery, St Ives. Throughout 2020 the Leach Pottery will be curating a programme of events and activities to mark the importance of the pottery studio. As we look back, and towards the next 100 years, Leach Pottery will be curating a full, engaging and diverse range of activities, which will continue to position Leach Pottery as a leader in the world of contemporary ceramics whilst also maintaining the traditions and values of the past.

The Programme of activity will be funded by different sources and will require evaluations as part of the agreement.

We are currently seeking a Leach 100 Evaluator to:

  • Devise a formative method of evaluation to track the effectiveness of key strands of activity – prescribe, manage, train staff and oversee the process (much of the evidence accumulation will be done in-house).
  • Support the Leach Pottery (onsite core staff, volunteers, facilitators, education team, curatorial team) and partners involved with delivering external activities in establishing purposeful and effective evaluation/data collection methods and processes to feed into your findings.
  • Work with existing audience surveys to ensure continuity of data collection pre, during and post Leach 100.
  • There is existing baseline evidence so we want to ensure this informs part of the evidence against which to map the development of all parties involved.
  • Provide a summary of findings at regular stages, providing highlights as well as issues or areas for development – and making recommendations where appropriate.
  • Deliver quarterly reports throughout the project with a final report.

We expect the evaluation to take place from Jan 2020 – May 2021 and the final, comprehensive evaluation for the whole project completed and presented by the end of July 2021.

Closing Date: 22 November 2019

We will notify you by: Beginning of December 2019

For more details please visit the Leach Pottery website: www.leachpottery.com/work-with-us

Please send proposals to complete this work with full breakdown of your costs and expenses to our Administrator: office@leachpottery.com

Any questions please email Libby Buckley, Director: director@leachpottery.com

 

Community Engagement Coordinator – Leach 100 Centenary Project

The Leach Pottery is approaching its centenary and seeks to recognise this occasion by planning and implementing related and cohesive events and activities. ‘Leach 100’ provides a unique opportunity for the Leach Pottery to recognise and celebrate key elements of its histories, stories, people, and contributions to artistic and pottery culture. ‘Leach 100’ also affords the Leach Pottery the chance to confirm its position in its neighbourhood, amongst the national and international community of potters and artists, and among existing and new audiences alike.

We are currently seeking a Community Engagement Coordinator to engage people of all ages in developing their creative skills through ceramics and to create links between the Pottery, young people, adult learners, schools, colleges and communities.

Overview:

Planning and facilitating workshops and events in the Take Part! programme of the Leach 100 Project, including event organising, delivering workshops and managing administration (with support of the Project Admin Assistant).

With help and support from Learning & Participation Team, working on:

  • Outdoor Clay School
  • Raku Tea Parties
  • Schools Competition
  • Pop Up Shop
  • Tea Ceremony

Main responsibilities:

  • Take an overall responsibility for the schedule of events and workshops for Leach 100 project (see Leach 100 funding proposal)
  • Plan out and schedule workshops and events for Leach 100 in conjunction with L&P Team.
  • Contact local community groups (with support) to engage in Outdoor Clay School
  • Contact local and national schools (with support) to participate in our Leach 100 Schools Competition and process entries, help organise prizes and set up final exhibitions.
  • Deliver some of the workshops for Leach 100 project, some Saturdays will be required.

12 month contract (potential for 6 month extension dependant on funding)

0.8 to 1 FTE (4-5 days a week)

19K pro rata (dependant on experience)

 

Closing Date: 18 November 2019, interviews the week of the 25 November TBC.

For more details and to apply please visit the Leach Pottery website: www.leachpottery.com/work-with-us

Please send completed applications forms (available from the Leach Pottery website) and a one page cover letter to office@leachpottery.com

Any questions please email Charlie Gray, Project Manager at; charlie@leachpottery.com

Administration Assistant – Leach 100 Centenary Project

The Leach Pottery is approaching its centenary and seeks to recognise this occasion by planning and implementing related and cohesive events and activities. ‘Leach 100’ provides a unique opportunity for the Leach Pottery to recognise and celebrate key elements of its histories, stories, people, and contributions to artistic and pottery culture. ‘Leach 100’ also affords the Leach Pottery the chance to confirm its position in its neighbourhood, amongst the national and international community of potters and artists, and among existing and new audiences alike.

We are currently seeking an Administration Assistant to support all elements of the ‘Leach 100’ programme planning and preparation.

To include:

  • Helping with the general administration of the Leach 100 programme
  • Detailing the resources and planning required for specific events (individual events managed by multiple staff & areas)
  • Conference planning support (including clarifying theme, content, structure, location, costs, materials etc.)
  • Take Part! Community engagement support
  • Managing detailed stakeholders list
  • Supporting the Administrator with project budget admin
  • Creating and maintaining a database of participants and contacts
  • Social media support
  • Update website and seek content
  • Researching and identifying opportunities for Leach 100
  • Working with:
    • Curator on planning the exhibitions & Inspiring Thinking strand for Leach 100
    • L&P team on Take Part! planning for 2020
    • Comms & Marketing Manager with generating plans for public
    • Lead Potter with studio based activities
    • Project Manager for overview of project and admin support

12 month fixed term contract (possible 6 month extension dependant on funding)

0.8 to 1 FTE (4-5 days a week)

17-18K pro rata

Closing Date: 18 November 2019, interviews the week of the 25 November TBC.

For more details and to apply please visit the Leach Pottery website: www.leachpottery.com/work-with-us

Please send completed applications forms (available from the Leach Pottery website) and a one page cover letter to office@leachpottery.com

Any questions please email Charlie Gray, Project Manager at; charlie@leachpottery.com 

 

Curatorial Internship – Falmouth Art Gallery

Falmouth Art Gallery

Working alongside an experienced member of staff, this post will assist with the care and management of the museum collection and share aspects of the collection and the stories they hold with a wider audience through on site displays and digital media.

This internship is part funded by Cultivator; a project supported by European Structural and Investment Funds, HM Government, Arts Council England and Cornwall Council, as well as the John Ellerman Foundation and Cornwall Council, as part of a Cornwall Museums Partnership programme.

 

Based at the museum on a day-to-day basis, the intern will be assisting with a number of collections projects including collections documentation, display, interpretation, digital and community engagement. The intern will support the museum to implement its Conservation and Documentation plans.

The post holder will also benefit from an individual training plan and budget, including trips to galleries and museums and specialist talks. Through Cornwall Museums Partnership the intern will be able to contribute to and benefit from a peer network of other curatorial interns in Cornwall. The internship will have responsibility for developing a project based on their own career aims, to be agreed with the museum team.

This role is an entry-level position designed to provide hands on work experience in a range of museum activities and events, often working with the general public. Although this post does not require a degree the candidate should be prepared to research and write in different formats, this could also suit a graduate wishing to gain experience. However, we welcome all backgrounds and are interested in your potential to develop as a curator or museum practitioner within the cultural sector in Cornwall.

 

Salary: £17,000 +4% pension (option to join the Local Government Pension Scheme) and essential travel allowance pro rata

Hours: 37 per week

Leave: 21 days leave + statutory bank holidays pro rata

Term: 9 months

 

Full details and how to apply can be found here; Curatorial Intern Full Job Description

 

Applications can be sent to Henrietta Boex (Director):  director@falmouthartgallery.com

Curatorial Internship – Cornwall’s Regimental Museum (Bodmin)

This is an entry-level position designed to provide hands-on work experience.  Working alongside the museum’s experienced management team, the Curatorial Intern will assist with;  

  1. The care, management and documentation of the museum collection 
  2. Making the collection more relevant and interesting for a wider audience through on-site displays, exhibitions and digital content. The intern will benefit from a training programme and will be part of a peer network of curatorial interns based at other Cornwall Museums Partnership museums. 

The intern training programme will build skills and confidence in exhibition-making, interpretation, conservation, collections management, learning programmes and marketing.

Salary: £17,000 pro rata (= £12,750 for 9 months) + 4% employer’s pension contribution

Hours: 37.5 per week includes some flexible working evenings / weekends

Leave: 20 days pro rata plus statutory bank holidays

Term: 9 months fixed term

Full details of the role and how to apply can be found at this link: cornwalls-regimentalmuseum.org/job-opportunity-curatorial-intern-paid/

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 13th November when full details of the interview will be provided. Interviews will be held on 21st or 22nd November. These may be carried out via video link if you are unable to attend in person due to distance or financial constraints – Start date is Monday 13th January

This internship is part funded by Cultivator; a project supported by European Structural and Investment Funds, HM Government, Arts Council England and Cornwall Council, as well as the John Ellerman Foundation and Cornwall Council, as part of a Cornwall Museums Partnership programme.

Curatorial Internship – Wheal Martyn Clay Works (St. Austell)

Wheal Martyn is an accredited independent museum on the edge of St. Austell in Cornwall. The museum which is set within two former Victorian clay works preserves and shares the heritage of Cornwall’s significant china clay mining industry and is actively working to broaden its audiences and increase access to its collection. This internship is part funded by Cultivator; a project supported by European Structural and Investment Funds, HM Government, Arts Council England and Cornwall Council, as well as the John Ellerman Foundation and Cornwall Council, as part of a Cornwall Museums Partnership programme.

Working alongside an experienced member of staff, this post will assist with the care and management of the museum collection and share aspects of the collection and the stories they hold with a wider audience through on site displays and digital media.

Based at the museum on a day-to-day basis, the intern will be assisting with a number of collections projects including collections documentation, display, interpretation, digital and community engagement. The intern will support the museum to implement its Conservation and Documentation plans.

The post holder will also benefit from an individual training plan and budget, including trips to galleries and museums and specialist talks. Through Cornwall Museums Partnership the intern will be able to contribute to and benefit from a peer network of other curatorial interns in Cornwall. The internship will have responsibility for developing a project based on their own career aims, to be agreed with the museum team.

This role is an entry-level position designed to provide hands on work experience in a range of museum activities and events, often working with the general public. Although this post does not require a degree the candidate should be prepared to research and write in different formats, this could also suit a graduate wishing to gain experience. However, we welcome all backgrounds and are interested in your potential to develop as a curator or museum practitioner within the cultural sector in Cornwall.

 

Job Title: Curatorial Intern

Based at: Wheal Martyn Clay Works

Salary: £17,000 + 3% pension (eligible after three months) pro rata and essential travel allowance

Hours: 37.5 per week

Leave: 23 days leave + statutory bank holidays pro rata

Term: 9 months

 

For a detailed job description and application form visit www.wheal-martyn.com/about-us/vacancies/

Closing date for applications: 12 midnight Friday 8 November 2019

Applications can be emailed to Ernie Shepherd at recruitment@swlakestrust.org.uk

Interviews will be held week commencing 18 November 2019

Start date: Monday 13 January 2020

Curatorial Internship – Museum of Cornish Life (Helston)

We are offering an exciting opportunity to join our friendly and dedicated team as Curatorial Intern. Working with a small staff team (Director, Community Engagement Curator and Apprentice) and over 80 volunteers you will get to experience all aspects of museum work. The focus of the role will be assisting with a range of collections projects including collections documentation, exhibitions, digital and community engagement.

The intern will be supported by an individual training plan and budget to allow you to attend training and undertake study trips to museums/galleries. Through Cornwall Museums Partnership you will benefit from and contribute to a peer network of other curatorial interns in Cornwall. This role is an entry-level position designed to provide hands on work experience in a range of museum activities. We welcome all backgrounds and are interested in your potential to develop.

This internship is part funded by Cultivator; a project supported by European Structural and Investment Funds, HM Government, Arts Council England and Cornwall Council, as well as the John Ellerman Foundation and Cornwall Council, as part of a Cornwall Museums Partnership programme.

Summary

Job Title:         Curatorial Intern

Based at:         Museum of Cornish Life, Market Place, Helston, Cornwall TR13 8TH

Salary:             £17,000 +4% pension and essential travel allowance pro rata

Hours:             37.5 per week (the post holder must be able to work Saturdays)

Leave:             25 days leave + statutory bank holidays pro rata

Term:              9 months (13 January – 12 September 2020)

 

Application

Closing Date:     15 November (5pm) 2019

Interview:           29 November 2019

Start Date:          13 January 2020

Apply:                  Email Annette MacTavish (director@museumofcornishlife.co.uk) with your CV and covering letter explaining how you meet the Personal Specification and what interests you about the opportunity to be a Curatorial Intern at the Museum of Cornish Life

 

Personal SpecificationEssential Desirable
Qualifications  
Degree or relevant experience in museum/gallery/heritage/cultural setting Yes
3 A Levels (or equivalent)Yes 
GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or 4 (or equivalent)Yes 
Experience & Knowledge   
Working/volunteering in a museum, gallery, cultural or historic venue or in a customer service roleYes 
Experience of volunteering or working with volunteersYes 
Research skillsYes 
Interest in the Museum of Cornish LifeYes 
Skills & Ability  
Excellent IT skills including use of Word, Excel and Social MediaYes 
Ability to multi-task with strong organisational skillsYes 
Team playerYes 
Commitment to learning and attending trainingYes 
Good communication skillsYes 

Fun Palaces 2019

October is not only the beginning of autumn, it’s also the month where for two days, communities and culture come together in a blur of creativity. Fun Palaces is an annual free weekend and campaign which ‘promotes culture at the heart of community and community at the heart of culture’. Using a combination of arts, craft, science, tech, digital, heritage and sports activities, Fun Palaces is led by local people for local people, giving the opportunity for skills and passions to be shared across the community. Fun Palaces really is a weekend to celebrate cultural democracy.

An abundance of workshops were held across the first weekend of October, including many of the museums in Cornwall who took part in this fantastic campaign. Carry on reading to hear from 7 Cornish museums on their Fun Palace experiences.

Museum of Cornish Life – Helston

Museum of Cornish Life Fun Palaces

Museum of Cornish Life decided upon a Space Art theme where the 1st Landewednack Brownies came to the museum and explored their new exhibition; Lizard Point Residency. Isobel King, Community Engagement Curator for Museum of Cornish life said how, ‘the exhibition celebrates the work created this year at the Lizard Point Residency, as part of a summer of celebration focussed around Goonhilly Earth Station. The Brownies explored the art works and then set about making their own art using the theme of space as their inspiration.

‘Some of the Brownies worked in teams to recycle cardboard to make two giant rockets which they named The Brownie 1000; others made their own spaceships, pictures of galaxies far away and pictures of what life from another planet would look like.’

If you would like to see the art work from this Fun Palaces weekend, the rockets will be on display at the museum as part of the exhibition until the end of the month.

Penlee House and Porthcurno Telegraph Museum

Penlee House Gallery and Museum, Telegraph Museum Porthcurno and Whole Again Communities worked in partnership with Treneere Team Spirit to deliver the Treneere Fun Palace at the Lescudjack Centre in Penzance.

The Fun Palace was created by the Treneere Team Spirit community group, where they had 65 participants take part from the local community.

Penlee House Gallery returned to the event this year, building on their brilliant previous partnership work with Treneere Team Spirit, and delivered a wonderful ‘Collage on Canvas’ hands on activity.

Telegraph Museum Porthcurno hosted ‘I spy treasures’ and ‘Circus skills’ which included cracking a code on pirate doubloons in a sandy treasure chest, juggling with devil sticks and plate spinning! Families were given a ‘I’m a PK star’ sticker and/or a pirate temporary tattoo after taking part.

Kay Dalton of Porthcurno Telegraph Museum said, ‘it was great for us as an organisation to be able to be a part of Fun Palaces for the first time. There was a lot to do and the weekend brought together the communities and really showed off what Fun Palaces is all about.’

‘Great partnership working!’  Treneere Team Spirit.

‘The whole event had such a buzzing, lovely vibe!’  Penlee House Gallery.

‘Children came back to redo our activities again and again, it was great to see how much time they spent having fun together.’  Telegraph Museum Porthcurno.

Wheal Martyn

Wheal Martyn Fun Palaces

Wheal Martyn’s Fun Palace event went incredibly well, with approximately 60 people attending, all of which were families. They had 7 Makers plus Gemma Martin, Education Officer of Wheal Martyn museum, running the activities all day.

There was a wonderful selection of activities on offer, including:

  • Zenology Doodling with Laura Martin from their regular Social Prescribing Arts and Crafts Group
  • Paper Journal Making with Ruth Hills
  • Clay Fun Palace Models with Lynne Simms and Suzy Johnson
  • Story Collections and porcelain figures for the Bucawdden Project and, with Zenna Tagney
  • Planting and gardening workshops with Tam Pemberton from Perennial Harvest
  • Great Biscuit Show Stopper biscuit decorating with Gemma Martin, Wheal Martyn

A great time was had and plenty of lovely feedback with one attendee saying, ‘a lovely idea, my two loved all the different things to do and enjoyed the clay making and biscuit decorating. We’ll be back for more Fun days like this!’ Another person loved it so much that they already can’t wait for the next one, ‘lovely idea, so much to do, friendly atmosphere, something for everyone.  Please do another one soon!’

Falmouth Art Gallery and Library

Fun Palace in Falmouth Art Gallery was a collection of different experiences, run for the Community by Community groups. If you felt creative you could create poems with the Write Café, make your own woolly planet with Cornwool, try a Camel costume from Miracle Theatre, join the Global Cardboard challenge with the engineers from the University of Exeter or the LEGO club in the library, drawing in VR with INTERANIMA, make your own electronic textile bracelets with Touch Craft or have a go at weaving.

If music is your thing, you were able to play bells with Perran Rebells, improvise a song with SING! Choir or create electronic instruments with CO:NOISE project. You could relax in their boardgames café with cakes, tea and coffee from Falmouth Fairtrade. Source FM Community radio was also there interviewing all the community groups involved. It was a great day and one they can’t wait to repeat soon!

Cornwall’s Regimental Museum – Bodmin Keep

At Bodmin Keep, the theme was ‘Building, Making, Playing’, a theme that extended across the whole town, with 8 Fun Palace sites and one roaming Fun Palace. At the Keep, 12 makers produced theatrical wounds and gave reflexology. There was also badge and pom-pom making, engineering challenges with the local Cadets and healthy eating activities with Cornwall Council, as well as a whole host of games to play. There was a quiz to complete, part of a town wide Fun Palaces quiz, encouraging people to visit all the venues over the weekend.

Verity Anthony, Visitor Experience and Collections Manager of the museum said, ‘the day went fantastically, and participants and makers alike had a great time. We’re already thinking ahead to next year!’

Royal Cornwall Museum – Truro

The Royal Cornwall Museum had a plethora of different activities for people to explore, discover and create. Sophie Meyer, Marketing Digital Lead for the museum said, ‘you really felt the community spirit on Fun Palace day. A great range of people who had never been to the Museum before, suddenly spending hours exploring all the different activities on offer. It’s fantastic for the local community to come together and share skills and it’s a joy to host.’

The Royal Cornwall Museum had all sorts of activities such as;

  • Shallal 2 Dance performance inspired by their Face to Face exhibition. Be inspired and check out their video!
  • Lithium extraction and geology games with Cornish Lithium
  • Radio broadcasting with Pirate FM
  • Learning to sing with Hall for Cornwall
  • Learning Cornish
  • Gold Panning

 

If you’d like to take part in or host a Fun Palace weekend, please head to the Fun Palaces website for all the details. The next weekend of action is the 3rd and 4th October 2020.

 

– Jody Woolcock

Marketing and Impact Officer, Cornwall Museums Partnership

A Greener Museum

Bryony Robins

Bryony Robins, Museum Development Officer for Cornwall, recently headed to Brighton for the Museums Association conference. Alongside colleagues of CMP and The Castle Museum and Heritage Centre in Bude, Bryony highlighted the fantastic work which has, and continues to be carried out, throughout the small museums of Cornwall to tackle climate change. Read on to hear what Bryony has to say about the sessions and case studies from the conference. 

Green Museum Manifesto

I have long campaigned to raise the profile of the amazing and groundbreaking work by small museums that so often falls off the radar yet is something which we, in the wider sector could benefit from. I was delighted to have the opportunity to highlight some of the pioneering work they are doing to tackle climate change, at the Museums Association conference in Brighton earlier this month.

Plastic pollution is a particularly important issue for Cornwall. We have around 300 miles of coastline and you are never more than 20 miles from the sea. In Britain there is around 150 plastic bottles littering each mile of coastline and we use around 38 ½ million single use plastic bottles every day, of which less than half are recycled. Each plastic bottle takes 450 years to decay* – it’s clear to see we have an ongoing issue here.

Bryony - MA Conference

Photo – Rachael Rowley

Big Ideas, Small Museums was a workshop session with a film case study from Newquay Heritage Archive and Museum about tackling plastic pollution. The museum is a small independent charity which operates on an inside-out basis, meaning they concentrate their efforts on going out to where the people are through heritage walks, pop-up exhibitions, hotel talks and schools’ outreach, infiltrating heritage into any activity they can across the town. They work collaboratively within the heart of their community and are dependent entirely on the support of local partners, businesses and donations. You’ll find their short film, Together Against Plastic, at the end of this article.

The second case study was given by Janine King from the Castle Museum and Heritage Centre, Bude. Janine spoke about their ambition in becoming the UK’s greenest town and what the museum are doing to contribute towards this initiative through their learning activities, exhibitions and within the organisation through their operations, café and shop.

Participants at the session took part in round table discussions to share and brainstorm practical solutions that museums can adopt to improve their environmental impact. The ideas from this discussion coupled with those within the case studies and a further conversation within the National Museum Directors Council have fed into the following Green Museum Manifesto, designed for organisations to adapt and build on.

It was great to hear how many museums are already tackling this work, and the range of initiatives being taken towards reducing carbon footprint. As a sector, we can take a lead in reducing our carbon footprint and taking a stand towards a greener future.

 

– Bryony Robins

*Statistics from Surfers Against Sewage