Make a Difference Awards

Following the success of the previous two years’ CPD grants we’ve facilitated, we are delighted to announce that the next round of Make a Difference Awards is now open.

The awards are available to support any museum staff and volunteers within their professional development and can be used for almost anything that will help to improve an area of the museum.

Ranging from study trips to see areas of best practice within another museum or site, to accredited training to upskill a member of your team, grants really can be used in whichever way will best suit you and your museum.

All we ask is that you provide some financial contribution towards the overall cost and that you share your findings so that all museums in Cornwall may benefit.

The deadline for applications is Friday 20th October.

To apply and for more information, please download the Application Form and Application Guidelines.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Jenna Marrion: jenna@cornwallmuseumspartnership.org.uk / 01209 500750.

Cornwall museums to receive a multi-million pound boost

It has been announced this morning that the Cornwall Museums Partnership has been awarded £2.44 million by Arts Council England and is now included in its National Portfolio.

The government and Lottery funded arts body, Arts Council England, this morning announced which bodies across the country would receive National Portfolio funding for 2018-2022. The Cornwall Museums Partnership (CMP) was delighted to discover that it will be one of the organisations to receive a share of the £9.4 million funding designated to Cornwall.

The £2.44 million will enable the Cornwall Museums Partnership to deliver a wide-ranging programme of activity across seven museums from Porthcurno to Bodmin which has been designed to bring their internationally significant collections to life for the enjoyment of everyone in Cornwall. This will include new exhibitions, a trainee Curator programme, more opportunities for children and young people and a transformation of the information available online about Cornwall’s heritage.

To deliver this ambitious programme, CMP will be working with Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, Penlee House in Penzance, Helston Museum, Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro, Falmouth Art Gallery, Cornwall Regimental Museum in Bodmin and Wheal Martyn in St Austell.

Cornwall Museum’s Partnership’s CEO, Emmie Kell, said: “We are thrilled with the announcement and Arts Council England’s recognition of the importance of our collaborative approach. This is an exciting and significant moment for museums in Cornwall.”

Sir Ferrers Vyvyan, Chairman of the CMP Board, said: “Cornwall’s museums are a unique shared resource that generate civic pride and a sense of identity in the communities which they actively serve. They care for diverse collections which connect many generations as the objects they hold have both personal and universal significance. Through their programmes and collection displays, museums wield the power to create a sense of wonder: inform, move and inspire. We are delighted that Arts Council England is supporting our plans to share these collections with many more people for the benefit of communities across Cornwall.”

 

Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England, said: “We are very pleased not only to be renewing our investment in Cornwall Museums Partnership, but also to be increasing our funding for additional activity. The museums’ consortium model is nationally recognised and their skills in widening audiences and engaging people across the county and beyond are exemplary. This additional investment will allow the partnership to bring in new partners in Bodmin and Helston, meaning more people across Cornwall will have access to exciting arts and culture in their communities.”

Other arts organisations in Cornwall who will receive the funding include The Hall for Cornwall Trust, Miracle Theatre, Kneehigh Theatre, Creative Kernow Ltd, Leach Pottery and Newlyn Art Gallery.

The consortium comprises Cornwall’s Regimental Museum, Wheal Martyn, Helston Museum, Penlee House, Falmouth Art Gallery, Royal Cornwall Museum and Telegraph Museum Porthcurno.

More information about Arts Council England’s National Portfolio funding is available here.

Bright Sparks – the next round of joint grant funding for artists and museums is now open!

Cornwall Museums Partnership and FEAST are challenging museums and artists to work together to generate original ideas for bringing more and different people into the museums of Cornwall to enjoy Cornwall’s unique heritage.  For the second year we are offering a joint small grants fund to enable the best ideas to be tested and delivered.

We are looking for genuine innovation and collaboration between artist(s) and museum, and for ideas which would appeal to a broad range of the community.  We are inviting proposals for creative projects which spark interest in what museums have to offer: we want more people interested in their local history and more people doing or experiencing something creative.  We are offering a number of small grants of up to £2,500.  The project must involve some form of tangible activity or event with which the community can get involved.

Applications must be made jointly by artist(s) and museum.  Ideas must be generated collaboratively and plans for delivery shared by both. We imagine that some of the strongest ideas may come from an artist working with their local museum, but are not making this an absolute condition.  You choose whether it is the artist(s) or museum who is the grant recipient on behalf of the project.

The closing date for applications is September 17, 2017. For more information contact hayley@cornwallmuseumspartnership.org.uk Tel: 01209500750 or feast@actcornwall.org.uk Tel: 01209312502

Download an application form from the FEAST website.