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UK-China Connection Through Culture Grants 2018-19

UK-China Connection through Culture Grants

Running for nearly a decade, Connections through Culture is a long-term programme to develop exciting cultural collaborations between artists and arts organisations, supporting long-lasting relationships between China and the UK.

The programme offers support, information, advice, networking opportunities and development grants to artists and arts organisations in China and the UK.

China and the UK both have a rich cultural heritage. Artists and arts organisations in both countries can benefit from the inspiration gained from exchanging ideas and sharing their cultural history.

Although the grants are available to all UK artists, Connections through Culture receives additional specific support from the Scottish government for projects with a Scottish connection.

What does Connection through Culture offer

Professional Development Grants (£2,500)

A limited number of small grants to enable artists or members of arts and cultural organisations to visit their counterparts in China or the UK for up to ten days, to develop projects, exchange skills or see others' work. Grants are offered four times each year

Alumni Grants (£2,500)

A limited number of small grants for previous Connections Through Culture alumni to access follow-up funding to initial visits - starting in April 2016.  These grants are only available to alumni who received initial grants in the last 2 years, and are designed to be strategic grants to further facilitate collaboration and partnerships.  Grants are offered four times each year, in line with the Professional Development Grant rounds.


Details of the next four rounds

Round 27 (Visits July - September 2018)

- Applications open: Monday 2 April 2018
- Application deadline: Friday 27 April 2018
- Results out: Monday 28 May 2018

Round 28 (Visits October - December 2018)

- Applications open: Monday 2 July 2018
- Application deadline: Friday 27 July 2018
- Results out: Monday 27 August 2018

Round 29 (Visits January - March 2019)

- Applications open: Monday 1 October 2018
- Application deadline: Friday 26 October 2018
- Results out: Monday 26 November 2018

Round 30 (Visits April - June 2019)

- Applications open: Monday 31 December 2018
- Application deadline: Friday 25 January 2019
- Results out: Monday 4 March 2019

Full details are available on the Connection Through Culture website: https://chinanow.britishcouncil.cn/opportunities/uk-china-connection-through-cultural-grants/

Interview with Ning Li, Deputy Director of the Collection Department, China Art Museum (CAM), Shanghai

Catherine McDermott talked to Ning Li, Deputy Director of the Collection Department, the China Art Museum, Shanghai (CAM) about future plans for the museum.


Would you tell ICOM UK members about CAM?

CAM is the huge red pavilion building that has become a landmark in Shanghai and the city’s largest art space. CAM focuses on the research, collection, education and exhibition of Chinese modern & contemporary art.  For over six decades, CAM has established a strong network with Chinese national museums, art institute, art academies and private art organizations.


What is CAM’s history?

CAM founded in 1956 was formerly known as the Shanghai Art Museum and is one of the oldest art museums in China.  Until 2012 it occupied the former British Racing Club in People’s Square when the museum moved to the China Pavilion of the 2010 Shanghai Expo.  After extensive remodeling, and a name change to the China Art Museum, CAM opened to the public on 1st October 2012.  CAM became a member of ICOM in 2002 and then joined the council of ICOM-CIMAM.


What is your role in the CAM?

I worked as the Curator in the Academy Department for 13 years, and in 2016 transferred to the Collection Department as the Deputy Director.  My role changed from curatorial projects to researching collection and planning.  For example, CAM plans to cooperate with Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts with the “Hua Junwu’s Diary Researching Project”.  It began in 2017 and was arranged by Collection Department, including editing the manuscript (diaries), researching, publishing essays and the whole edition.  This co-operation project will continue until 2021.


What challenges face CAM in 2018?

Attracting and persuading artists to donate their works is a great way to develop our limited collection fund.  Because the research time of staff in art museums is limited we are always looking for partnerships with academics and institute to build co-operation projects.


What projects is CAM currently working on?

We actively work with the documents in the CAM collection and the many diaries and letters that artists donate with their original work.  These archive projects for individual Chinese artists, including publications, education programs and exhibitions, are planned to continue for the next few years.  “Hsiao Chin Coming Home- Retrospective Exhibition ”opened in March, with six decades of Hsiao Chin, a famous Taiwanese artist born in Shanghai.  The artist donates a series of art works to CAM after the exhibition; with these collections, CAM plans to establish the Hsiao Chin Art Research Center in the future, to develop the researching about Hsiao Chin and 20th Century Chininese Modern Art.  This program received the Ministry of Culture’s 2018 National Art Collection Award and financial support.

We also plan to make public more digital data to researchers and the public in the future.  For example, CAM plans to share partly digital data and upload it to website during the process of “Hua Junwu’s Diary Researching Project”.


What is your vision for the CAM in the future?

Now there are about 80 art museums in Shanghai today compared to five main art museums before 2012.  All these new art museums need more research more about audience needs researching not only for scholars, but also the needs of a wider Chinese public.

The vision for CAM is to develop beyond just a museum with galleries and a collection storehouse into something more like a cultural center, even an Art Mall.  The challenge is to connect these changes with our daily work in museum.

All pictures © China Art Museum, Shanghai. Photo by Zhao Dongyang.

Grants of up to 10,000 euros for European Heritage Stories Projects

This article was originally posted here http://www.ne-mo.org/news/article/nc/1/nemo/european-heritage-stories-projects-can-be-granted-with-up-to-10000-eur/346.html

During the course of the the European Year of Cultural Heritage, the European Heritage Days has launched the pilot initiative "European Heritage Stories". The project aims to identify the European dimension of heritage sites and heritage work undertaken by the communities in Europe.

The call for European Heritage Stories refers to past or present stories, which a community wishes to share or develop into a project that will contribute to the community further.  Organisers of projects involving European cultural heritage and people with ideas for a new project are welcome to apply.

Read more about the initiative, requirements and how to apply for grants here.

This article was originally posted here http://www.ne-mo.org/news/article/nc/1/nemo/european-heritage-stories-projects-can-be-granted-with-up-to-10000-eur/346.html

Chinese culture ministry merger in the works in renewed overseas soft power push

This article first appeared in the South China Morning Post http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2136901/chinese-culture-ministry-merger-works-renewed-overseas

China will merge two ministerial-level agencies into one overarching cultural body to try to boost its soft power and reverse setbacks in its international image abroad.

The country’s media regulator – the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television – was set to merge with the Ministry of Culture to create a super cultural ministry to expand the scope of China’s ideological influence, a source familiar with the discussions told the South China Morning Post.

Both bodies are overseen by the State Council, and the merger is expected to be part of a sweeping structural overhaul of the Communist Party and state bureaucracy to be unveiled during the National People’s Congress in Beijing on Tuesday.

China has long drawn on its culture to try to expand its soft power overseas, but the country is increasingly being seen elsewhere as a “sharp power” that uses pressure to manipulate ideas and political perceptions.

Read the full article HERE.

12 Best European Practices of Cultural Heritage Innovating Audience Development

This article was originally posted here http://www.ne-mo.org/news/article/nc/1/nemo/12-best-practices-of-cultural-heritage-innovating-audience-development/346.html

In the course of the European Year of Cultural Heritage Economía Creativa has launched the research report "Cultural Heritage Innovative Audience Development".

The report is the result of a project identifying 12 best practices from the countries Italy, Poland, Croatia, Portugal, UK, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Romania, Hungary, Greece and Czech Republic.

Download the report here, to learn how cultural heritage can empower endogenous development and social inclusion, sustainable tourism, cross-sectoral cooperation, community and territory integration, generate employment and create entrepreneurship opportunities. As well as being a source for non-formal and informal learning and enhancing intergenerational exchange and dialogue between local citizens and tourists.

Access more information about the project here.

This article was originally posted here http://www.ne-mo.org/news/article/nc/1/nemo/12-best-practices-of-cultural-heritage-innovating-audience-development/346.html

ICOM UK session at the MH Show, London, Wed 16 May 2018

ICOM UK will have a session at the M+H Show in London at 16:15 on Wednesday 16 May 2018.

Come and hear ICOM UK Executive Director, Dana Andrew, talk about the benefits of museums developing an international perspective in the session 'Working Locally, Thinking Globally: how museums benefit from being outward looking' .  Through case studies, attendees will learn how non-national museums across the UK have benefitted from developing an outward looking, international approach to their work using modest Travel Grants from ICOM UK.

Details of the next round of ICOM UK – British Council Travel Grants will also be announced.

The M+H Show is FREE to attend.  To view the full M+H Show programme visit: http://show.museumsandheritage.com/

University Museums Group conference: Foreign exchange? University museums and international engagement

University of Cambridge, 3 July 2018

University museum collections originate from many countries. Over decades and in some cases centuries, they were created and curated through scientific fieldwork and collecting that ranged worldwide. In the present, those interested in studying collections and in borrowing art works and specimens for analysis and exhibition represent, like our students, many nations. International engagement is anything but foreign to us.

At the University Museums Group’s 2016 conference, Matt Hancock, now Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, affirmed that museums and universities are ‘absolutely central to our post-Brexit future, open and engaged with the whole world, progressive and positive in shaping how Britain sees herself and is seen the world over.’ Universities similarly express ambitions to contribute globally. In 2018, academic and cultural collaboration seems more urgent than ever, yet also more difficult, as threats to global peace and security multiply.

The University Museums Group’s 2018 conference will explore how university museums can contribute to, and even lead, universities’ efforts to engage internationally. It will consider how smaller as well as larger museums can participate in, and benefit from, international programmes. Panels will offer presentations from sponsoring bodies and case studies from museum staff, ranging over practical experience and future opportunities. We encourage open discussion of challenges and constraints, while celebrating the accomplishments and the potential of university museums to make a positive difference through international work.

The programme will include a reception at Kettle’s Yard and tours of the Museum of Zoology, both newly reopened

Speakers will include

Diane Lees CBE, Director-General, Imperial War Museum
Wayne Modest, Head, Research Centre for Material Culture, Leiden
Kate Bellamy, Director, Museums, Arts Council of England

Cost per delegate is £40.  Please book your place online via the University of Cambridge online booking system.

New report shows how world-leading heritage sector can advance UK international relations after Brexit

The Heritage Alliance, the umbrella body for the heritage sector, has published the first ever report on the independent heritage sector’s impact overseas. The report sponsored by the Scottish Confucius Institute for Business & Communication at Heriot-Watt University, makes recommendations for building on the success of the overall sector which already generates £21.7 billion a year. The Heritage Alliance hopes that the report will not only help develop international opportunities for a post Brexit Britain but also inform international discussions such as April’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 in London.

Loyd Grossman, Chairman of the Heritage Alliance, said: ‘We’re delighted that this report has so clearly demonstrated that our world-leading heritage skills are already doing so much to support ‘Brand Britain’. We hope that, as we enter a new post Brexit landscape, these recommendations will galvanise the Government to support the independent heritage sector to maximise its already impressive economic impact and soft power role.’

England’s heritage industry is already a major contributor to the national economy - directly generating at least £10 billion in gross value added (GVA) and indirectly generating 2% of national GVA (£21.7 billion). This is more than the agriculture and aerospace sectors combined.

Our heritage is front and centre of the UK’s unique offer on the international stage, from our enduring success as a tourism magnet powered by our famous historic houses and monuments, to our world-leading expertise in pioneering heritage science to our archaeological accreditation process. Although recognised in principle by the Foreign Secretary, much of this enterprise by the non-government heritage bodies is undertaken below the official radars, or those arranging trade delegations and other cultural bodies.

The report highlights examples of the sector’s expertise and explores some of the innovative projects in case studies (summarised in the notes to editors section below). It notes that Heritage Alliance members are engaging in at least 38 countries across all seven continents; and how cultural relations developed by these civil society organisations add a ‘values’ dimension to soft power rankings, offering an independent and complementary network to government diplomacy (increasingly important as traditional diplomacy with countries such as Russia becomes more challenging). However, the report notes that international heritage work, especially by the UK’s vigorous civil society movement, is badly served by current statistics.

The recommendations set out in the report are a starting point for Government to crystallise the support it promised to the voluntary heritage sector’s international work in its ‘Heritage Statement’ in December last year. The Heritage Alliance report recommends:

  • Support for backfilling posts especially when senior expertise in small organisations are concentrating on international work;
  • Travel bursaries to help promote exchanges of heritage professionals and students in support of project work;
  • A Heritage Alliance event with partners to explore international engagement and funding opportunities;
  • A similar initiative to the Artists’ International Development Fund to facilitate international exchange in a heritage context;
  • Visa exemptions for accredited experts and academics in the field should be considered after Brexit. Any visa system should be based on skills required, not on salary levels, and work both ways – exporting as well as importing key skills;
  • Funders should consider the benefit of allocating small grants to cover translating training resources and other outputs where appropriate;
  • The British Council, Historic England, Heritage Lottery Fund and the Foreign Office should consider where and how heritage and heritage ngos can be a positive resource, integral to their international work; and
  • The Heritage Alliance to work with DCMS to better track the impact and potential of the independent heritage sector internationally.

You can read the report in full here

Case studies

The report contains case studies on the international work of the independent heritage sector. Links below go to the longer extended case studies otherwise they go to organisations websites:

World Monuments Fund Britain: Accessing Cultural Protection Fund funding to work in the Middle East

UK Antarctic Heritage Trust: Caring for a whole continent

Venice in Peril Fund: Patience and persistence

The Institute of Conservation: Cultural Exchange Tour to China

The Ragged School Museum: Japanese interest in UK C19th social child care

Chelsea Physic Garden: A historic seed exchange initiative still bearing fruit

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings: A world-renowned scholarship programme

Historic Transport Bodies: International leadership

The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists: Working globally for professional standards

Historic Houses: Universal challenges for private owners

International National Trusts Organisation: Supporting existing and emerging trusts

PRESENCE: A Window on Engaging with Chinese Contemporary Art and Culture

Friday 11th May 2018, 9:30–16:00
St. George's Hall, Liverpool

University of Salford Art Collection, in partnership with Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) and Open Eye Gallery are hosting a day of talks and discussions inspired by the exhibition PRESENCE: A Window into Chinese Contemporary Art, part of the China Dream season in Liverpool. The exhibition showcases the University of Salford collection of Chinese contemporary art which was formed mainly in collaboration with CFCCA, and which is available for loan to museums and art galleries.

The event is aimed at curators, directors, artists, students, writers and funders who are interested in learning more about contemporary culture from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the diaspora, and who might be looking to develop exhibitions, commissions or collaborations in the UK or internationally.

Held in the historic Court Room at St George’s Hall, morning sessions will include representation from Open Eye Gallery, CFCCA, University of Salford Art Collection, amongst others (to be shortly announced). The afternoon will include further talks followed by participation in a choice of discussion groups about how to collaborate in the UK and China.

Tickets cost £25 general admission / £18 students/artists. Lunch will be provided. To book a ticket go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/presence-a-window-on-engaging-with-chinese-contemporary-art-and-culture-tickets-44592951719. Please contact artcollection@salford.ac.uk for any dietary or access requirements.

NEMO Opens Up its Capacity Building Activities to Non-Members by Popular Demand!

NEMO Training Courses and Study Visits can be attended by everyone working within the museum sector.

NEMO invites everyone active in the museum sector to participate in Training Courses and Study Visits for a fee of 250 euro per activity. As always are the activities free of charge for members and supported by travel grants.

The offer presents an opportunity to attend NEMO Training Courses and Study Visits while considering becoming a member. The NEMO membership costs 250 euro annually, meaning that a non-member organisation attending a NEMO activity can become a member free of charge!

The first activity non-members can take part of is the upcoming Study Visit in Dublin, Ireland and Belfast, the UK between 26-28 April 2018. The Working Groups LEM - The Learning Museum and Museums and Creative Industries will visit the Chester Beatty Library and the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin as well as the Ulster Museum in Belfast. Read more about the NEMO Working Groups on the website.

Learn more about the NEMO membership and its benefits here.

Please get in touch with office@ne-mo.org with further questions.