Beauty and the Beach at Southend Museums, which is now on tour

Survey points to importance of touring partners

Simon Stephens, 05.08.2015
TEG looks at economics of touring shows
Working in partnership is becoming an important part of developing touring shows, according to the initial findings of a survey carried out by the Touring Exhibitions Group (TEG).

The interim results of the Economics of Touring Exhibitions Survey 2015 found that more 80% of respondents would like to work in partnership to develop touring exhibitions in the future, while nearly 98% of those currently working partnership said that they would recommend it. 36% of respondents had developed previous exhibitions with one or more partners.

TEG also found that while 72% charged a hire fee for their touring exhibitions, the average amount charged was often relatively low.

About 23% charged less than £1,000 while 37% charged £1,000-£3,000. On the flip side, 66% found it difficult to hire exhibitions in their price range.

The survey also asked why museums and galleries do not hire touring exhibitions. The most common reason cited (35%) was a lack of temporary exhibition space followed by the cost (33%). Security and environmental standards were also significant reasons for not hiring touring shows (both 18%).

TEG also asked why organisations hire touring exhibitions. The most common answer was to diversify a programme (86%) followed by bringing nationally or internationally significant exhibits to a venue (78%), then to develop audiences (75%).

The survey remains open until 28 August.

Links

The Economics of Touring Survey 2015

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