ACE to hold nationwide transition briefings

Geraldine Kendall, 30.08.2011
Meetings for senior museum staff planned ahead of handover on 1 October
Arts Council England (ACE) will hold a series of meetings around the country next month to prepare senior level staff for its upcoming takeover of functions from the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) on 1 October.

The Arts Council will brief staff from museums and related organisations on how it hopes to work with the museums sector and future plans for Renaissance in the Regions. Places are limited to one staff member per organisation.

The meetings will kick off on the week commencing 12 September, taking in Birmingham, Cambridge, London, Manchester and Newcastle.

The application process for the major grant strand of Renaissance will open that week as well, and the briefings will explain the programme in detail, providing potential applicants with specific guidance on how to apply for funding.

In September, ACE is also publishing the companion document to Achieving great art for everyone, which sets out its strategic framework for the next ten years.

The companion document is to outline how the Arts Council believes the work of museums and libraries can be properly reflected in its mission between 2012 and 2015, and revisits the original consultation's goals to make sure they reflect ACE's wider remit.

Museums Association director Mark Taylor said: “There has been much talk and speculation and soon people will know the shape of Renaissance from 2012 onwards.

“But it is also important that senior staff in bidding museums understand the philosophy of ACE and the way they work and think. Those that don’t will be doomed to failure. I imagine these workshops will be packed out. They should be.”

The closing date for registrations is Friday 2 September.

For more information and to register, click here

Briefing details
  • Birmingham, 14 September 2011, Custard Factory
  • Cambridge,13 September 2011, Whipple Museum of History of Science
  • London,15 September 2011, London Transport Museum
  • Manchester, 14 September 2011, Museum of Science and Industry
  • Newcastle, 23 September 2011, Arts Council North East

Update 31.08.2011
Please note that a briefing in Brighton planned for 12 September has been put on hold. A new date will be confirmed shortly.