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National Gallery to expand in Asia with cafes and pop-ups

This article was first published online at Blooloop https://blooloop.com/link/national-gallery-asia-cafes/

The National Gallery will open pop-ups and cafes in Asia via its Delicious Art IP to expand its brand’s reach.

The National Gallery will open a cafe in Seoul, South Korea, branded to its Delicious Art IP in November. It will feature replica artworks including works by Degas, Monet and Van-Gogh. It will also sell art-inspired produce and merchandise.

Under their master licensee Alfilo, the National Gallery will launch its first pop-up store in Guangzhou, China. It will feature digital assets and replicas of famous artworks. The company hopes it will boost brand awareness of the National Gallery in the region.

In August, The National Gallery begun its 5-year plan to enter the Chinese market with a takeover of Shanghai Metro Station.

The Shanghai Metro takeover was part of the brand’s entrance into the Chinese market. The campaign marks the start of a 5-year project to build brand awareness and licencing revenue in China.

The gallery highlighted some of its most famous artworks on a 30 metre long advertising panel. The panel was named ‘Cultural and art corridor’. The advertising panel was located in Shanghai Metro station, and included works by Van Gogh, Da Vinci and Monet.

Speaking to Licensing.biz, National Gallery Company’s buying and licensing director, Judith Mayer, said: “There is a greater consumer demand for art and heritage licensing today, and I think it’s because consumers want a product that has a heritage feel. The profits raised go back to a much-loved institution to maintain it for future generations, which is also a big appeal.”

“The National Gallery and Delicious Art make consumers look at art with fresh eyes. It introduces consumers to the paintings.”

 

Image courtesy National Gallery

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 round

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/

ICOM Europe Conference 2018

MUSEUS, BORDERS AND EUROPEAN RESPONSIBILITY

23-25 November 2018

Ludwig Museum, Koblenz

The 2018 ICOM EUROPE Conference, organized by ICOM Germany, is nearly here…

Did you already register?

There is still time to register, and don’t forget the theme, related to the centenary of the Armistice ending the Great War (WW1).

Get informed and register at:

http://www.icom-germany-conference.org/conference/2018/home

Liverpool bids farewell to the Terracotta Warriors and 2000 years of ancient history

After 10 months of wowing the crowds at the World Museum Liverpool, the Terracotta Warriors begin their journey home.

Revealed as the most popular exhibition ever held by National Museums Liverpool, China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors contributed almost £80 million to the Liverpool City Region’s economy.

Alongside that unprecedented boost, the exhibition, part of the wider Chinese Dream programme from Culture Liverpool, has brought a piece of ancient history to life to thousands of local school children and 97,000 visitors on group tours.

The exhibition officially closed its doors on Sunday 28th October 2018, after a 9 month-long run, most of which was sold out in advance. Now the painstaking task of auditing more than 180 ancient artefacts begins and this is no ordinary packing party.

Watch above as World Museum’s Laura Johnson chats with our Jay about the meticulous operation that sees China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors make the 5,000 mile journey home.

From coins to pottery, jewellery, the golden horse and of course the warriors themselves, each and every artefact is painstakingly checked, wrapped and packed away, ready to be transported back to China and the rest of this colossal collection.

From fridge magnets to miniature warrior statues, street art to cocktails, the story of China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors has influenced everything from city bars to classroom art lessons. It’s safe to say that the Terracotta legacy will be felt in the city for a long time to come.

This article first appeared online in The Guide Liverpool https://www.theguideliverpool.com/watch-liverpool-bids-farewell-to-the-terracotta-warriors-2000-years-of-ancient-history/

Last chance to book for ICOM UK international networking luncheon at the MA Conference, Belfast, 8 Nov

ICOM UK will be hosting a networking luncheon on Thursday 8 November at the Museums Association Conference in Belfast.

The luncheon will take place 13:10 – 14:25 in Bar 2 on Thursday 8 November, which is straight after the ICOM UK-led conference session Winds of Change: The State of Museums in Southern Africa at 12:10 in Meeting Room 1.

The luncheon will be an opportunity for ICOM UK members and conference delegates interested in working internationally to hear about the 2019 ICOM Triennial in Kyoto and network over lunch.

A hot buffet lunch and drinks will be provided.

13:10     Delegates get lunch and drinks

13:25     Welcome, introduction and announcements – Tonya Nelson, Chair, ICOM UK

13:30     ICOM Triennial: Kyoto 2019 – Kiyoko Nishi, Researcher, Kyoto 2019

               http://icom-kyoto-2019.org/

13:40     Catherine McDermott (Secretary, ICOM UK) and Helen Thomas (Head of Museums and Cultural Heritage, British Council/ ICOM UK Committee) introduce international delegates.

13:45     Quality Street International – networking session

14:25     End of luncheon

Space is limited so book your free luncheon place now via Eventbrite https://icomukluncheon.eventbrite.com

Please note you need to be a registered delegate for the MA Conference to attend the luncheon.  To book your place visit https://www.museumsassociation.org/conference/16012018-belfast-booking

Footage from CONNECT! Creative Desk UK forum on the value of international networks

Couldn’t make it to our CONNECT! Forum on the Value of Networks? Or perhaps you were there and want to revisit the highlights?

Creative Europe Desk UK has now made the footage free to watch on their Creative Europe Desk UK YouTube channel.

The event saw 120 delegates and 20 speakers from across screen, arts and policy join together at the Barbican for a day of debate.

Take a look at the highlights video below, or browse the CONNECT! playlist for full speeches from Dawn Walton, Eclipse Theatre; Kate Arthurs, British Council; Louise Jeffreys, Barbican; Jack Powell, BFI; and many more.

Yorkshire Consultancy Joins Leeds City Region To Celebrate 30 Years Of Cultural Links With China

International specialist business consultancy, ConnectChina, recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of Leeds and Hangzhou cities being twinned as part of a Leeds City Region senior trade and investment delegation to China, designed to build on long-standing relationships and capitalise on existing trade agreements.

ConnectChina organised the China in-market support for the Leeds City Region trade visit, with Managing Director, Joanna Lavan accompanying Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council and Councillor Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council. Representatives from across the region – Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Bradford Council, the University of Bradford, the University of Leeds, the University of Huddersfield and businesses including TPP and East Street Arts – also took part in the trip, visiting the Chinese cities of Hangzhou and Qingdao.

As part of the visit to Hangzhou, Councillor Judith Blake and Zhang Jianting, vice chairman of the Standing Committee of Hangzhou People’s Congress, signed a new memorandum of understanding between Leeds and Hangzhou reinforcing the commitments made three decades ago, stating the importance of the partnership and working together to promote trade and investment.

The trip included meetings with senior government and business leaders to explore the opportunities for Chinese investment into Leeds City Region, as well as the opportunities for Leeds City Region businesses to export to China and capitalise on the demand for British products and services. ConnectChina was responsible for the China in-market support element of the visit and organising seminars and business networking events. The delegates also joined a reception to celebrate the 30 year anniversary of the partnership between Leeds and Hangzhou, who have been twin cities since 1988, one of the first UK-Chinese city partnerships.

China remains the second largest economy in the world and is the largest single-country market globally. The last 12 months have seen a steady flow of new businesses interested in exporting their goods, services, technology or brand to China, with UK-China trade growing more than eightfold between 1999 and 2017 and up 25 per cent in the last year alone.

ConnectChina’s Managing Director, Joanna Lavan, said: “I’m delighted to have joined the Leeds City Region delegation on such a positive trip to China, strengthening our regional cultural links and relationships with Chinese partners. There are great opportunities in the Chinese market and we want to encourage more investment and trade between our cities which will benefit our economies in the future.”

ConnectChina was established in 2004 and has offices in Huddersfield and Shanghai. It specialises in providing business support services to help both public and private sectors in the UK and overseas develop trade and investment opportunities with China. Earlier this year, Joanna joined the PM, Theresa May, and a multi-sector trade delegation of more than 40 businesses from across the UK on a visit to China.

Book now for free ICOM UK international networking luncheon at the MA Conference, Belfast, 8 Nov

ICOM UK will be hosting a networking luncheon on Thursday 8 November at the Museums Association Conference in Belfast.

The luncheon will take place 13:10 – 14:25 in Bar 2 on Thursday 8 November, which is straight after the ICOM UK-led conference session Winds of Change: The State of Museums in Southern Africa at 12:10 in Meeting Room 1.

The luncheon will be an opportunity for ICOM UK members and conference delegates interested in working internationally to hear about the 2019 ICOM Triennial in Kyoto and network over lunch.

A hot buffet lunch and drinks will be provided.

13:10     Delegates get lunch and drinks

13:25     Welcome, introduction and announcements – Tonya Nelson, Chair, ICOM UK

13:30     ICOM Triennial: Kyoto 2019 – Kiyoko Nishi, Researcher, Kyoto 2019

               http://icom-kyoto-2019.org/

13:40     Catherine McDermott (Secretary, ICOM UK) and Helen Thomas (Head of Museums and Cultural Heritage, British Council/ ICOM UK Committee) introduce international delegates.

13:45     Quality Street International – networking session

14:25     End of luncheon

Space is limited so we recommend you book your free luncheon place as soon as possible via Eventbrite https://icomukluncheon.eventbrite.com

Please note you need to be a registered delegate for the MA Conference to attend the luncheon.  To book your place visit https://www.museumsassociation.org/conference/16012018-belfast-booking

Snobia Kaputa, CEO of the National Art Gallery of Namibia talks to ICOM UK about the forthcoming MA Conference session on Southern African Museums

I am delighted to thank ICOM UK for supporting our Collections Manager, Ndeenda Shivute, to attend the Museums Association Conference in Belfast. 

Snobia Kaputu, CEO, National Art Gallery of Namibia

The National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) is a member of ICOM and the time is right to become part of key sector conferences like the MA Conference in Belfast.  Creating art museum dialogues on international platforms is long overdue for many Southern African museums.

In Belfast, we are keen to explore collaborative partnership initiatives around our government mandate to build a NAGN Art Heritage Collection and to build expertise in the preservation, conservation and storage of our collections.  Our museum is looking to support Namibia’s contemporary artists and to develop platforms in which to showcase their work in a global context.  The NAGN relies on its artists to build a collection that reflects its community’s practices, hence the importance of developing creative platforms for artists and giving them access to global museums and galleries.

We are also actively seeking art critics, writers and researchers to work with our collections to document the growing contemporary Namibian art scene.  I know that Ndeenda Shivute is eager to collaborate with ICOM colleagues using the potential in Namibia to work alongside our young curatorial team, and on new exhibitions and projects.

I would like to thank ICOM UK for their generous support and look forward to hearing from interested ICOM UK members.

To connect with the National Art Gallery of Namibia, please write to ICOM UK at uk.icom.museum@gmail.com or attend the ICOM UK luncheon on 8 November at the MA Conference.


Winds of Change: The State of Museums in Southern Africa.  

ICOM UK supports the first African museum session at the MA Conference in Belfast on Thursday 8 November at 12.10.

Africa is changing, and so are its museums, re-imagining themselves for a new future.

This year ICOM UK with the Museums Association is supporting the first conference session on Southern African museums.  Professor Catherine McDermott will chair a discussion with Ernestine White-Mifetu Curator of Contemporary Art at the Iziko South African National Gallery, (Iziko Museums of South Africa) and Ndeenda Shivute, Curatorial Coordinator at the National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) in Windhoek.

 

WINDS OF CHANGE: THE STATE OF MUSEUMS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA

The session looks at Southern Africa museums, their inherited colonial past and tries to unpacks the transformation strategies that have been implemented post-1994 (RSA) and post-independence (NAM) to make it accessible for and African public.

Issues of ‘access’ are central to the discussion: Access in relation to the visible Neo- colonial architecture, the physical locality of the museum and its potential for community engagement and finally the influx and relationships of private museums to state-funded institutions.

The 2018 Museums Association conference is held in Belfast from November 8-10th, the biggest event of its kind in Europe for museum, gallery and heritage professionals across the world. The theme is Dissent: inspiring Hope, Embracing Change, challenges traditional thinking to transform museums and society.

Cooperation Projects 2019 Funding Call Opens

The 2019 funding call for Creative Europe’s Cooperation Projects has been announced with a deadline of 11 December 2018, before 11am (GMT). Projects must begin between 1 September 2019 and 15 December 2019, and can last up to 48 months.

The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive (EACEA), which manages Creative Europe’s funding opportunities, has published the new timetable, alongside new guidelines and eForms. They can be accessed here.

Creative Europe Desk UK has summarised some of the basic information about the call on this Cooperation Projects funding opportunity page. 

You may also find this top tips article from last year’s deadline helpful.

What’s new? 

As usual, both small and large Cooperation Projects need to address at least one of the priorities. Two new priorities have been added for this year’s call in addition to the existing selection:

  • Enhance intercultural dialogue, promote shared EU values and mutual understanding and respect for other cultures, thereby contributing to the social integration of migrants and refugees;
  • As a legacy to the European Year of Culture Heritage, raise awareness of common history and values, and reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space.

If you’ve applied before, you will notice that there are small changes to the e-form and significant changes to the budget questions this year, so do take the time to familiarise yourself with them.

What about Brexit? 

The guidelines feature an updated clause for ‘British applicants’. Take a look at our advice article on Brexit and Cooperation Projects for more information.

Creative Europe Desk UK can help with your Cooperation Projects application

They will update you with any further news, so please make sure you’ve subscribed to their newsletter and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

Free application workshops are open for booking. If you cannot attend, please get in touch with Creative Europe Desk UK and they will do their best to give you advice and support.

ICOM UK