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Tonight ICOM UK hosts MuseumHour on Twitter at 8pm, Monday 17 Feb

Tonight (Monday 17 February) ICOM UK is hosting MuseumHour, 20:00 – 21:00.  The subject is museums and soft power and we will explore some of the themes and questions posed by speakers at the forthcoming 2020 Working Internationally Conference on 12 March at Leeds Art Gallery.

You can find MuseumHour on Twitter at @museumhour and using hashtag #MuseumHour

ICOM UK’s Twitter handle is @UK_ICOM and we’ll be using #2020wiconf as the hashtag for the MuseumHour conversations and conference coverage on Twitter.

We looking forward to you joining the conversation!

 

WI2020 speaker profile: Helen Jones, Director of Global Engagement and Strategy, Science Museum Group

Helen Jones, Director of Global Engagement and Strategy, Science Museum Group is one of the speakers participating in the 2020 Working Internationally Conference on 12 March at Leeds Art Gallery.

Along with Kate Arthurs (Head of Arts, British Council), Lone Britt Christensen (Cultural Attache, Embassy of Denmark in the UK) and Andrew Mackay (Director, Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery), Helen will participate in Sessions 1 (Setting the Scene) and 6 (Where do we go from here?) of the conference, chaired by Kathryn Simpson, Acting Head of Strategy, NMDC. 

In Helen’s words:

The first session should provoke some questions about museums and soft power that can be picked up throughout the conference.  Definitions are notoriously elusive or contested, and measurement even more so.  We don’t want to go down the rabbit-hole of semantics and KPI’s on such an occasion; words and numbers are important, but the conference is for sharing experiences and exploring ideas.  There is room for many different activities and player so that we build consensus about what we do in the international arena, why we do it and how to get the best out of it.

In light of the UK Soft Power Strategy – that has so far had limited circulation for understandable reasons – the relationship between Government and cultural organisations is open for discussion.  Funding is a perennial issue, though not the only one, but what do stakeholders want and expect?

Soft power is usually framed as the projection of a certain message or image and considered from the ‘broadcaster’s’ point of view.  It is fundamentally about what a country, society or organisation is, how it behaves and manifests its values, but soft power activity – cultural diplomacy for the purposes of this session – is generally a two-way process involving some exchange.  Partners and collaborators choose to work with us so we might ask ourselves why; what do they get out of it?  And are our explicit and implicit messages received in the spirit that we intend; are we getting out of it what we think we are; how would we know, and could we do it better?

View the full conference programme and book tickets at https://wi2020.eventbrite.com

ICOM members can purchase tickets at the discounted price of £49 and there are a limited number of student tickets available at £29.

2 March deadline to apply for ICOM UK – British Council Travel Grant

ICOM UK – British Council Travel Grants are open to members and non-members.  If you know anyone who is not an ICOM UK member who could benefit from applying for a Travel Grant, please do forward on the link to the information and application form https://uk.icom.museum/about-us/bursaries/

ICOM UK, with support from the British Council, is offering travel grants to support staff from UK organisations seeking to build reciprocally beneficial international projects and partnerships.  The scheme is open to non-members as well as members.

The 2019-20 ICOM UK British Council Travel Grant Scheme enables recipients to undertake an international visit to meet with colleagues and share skills and experience.  The Travel Grant Scheme supports museums, galleries and similar organisations who are starting to develop mutually beneficial international projects and partnerships.  Priority will be given to non-national museums, galleries and organisations who have not yet participated in an international project or partnership.

Although these grants cannot be used to attend international conference and events, the grants could be used to visit several potential exhibition partners in one country or region.  The grant will cover the cost of travel (including international and local transport), visas, accommodation and subsistence.

Applications will be considered for grants of up to £1,500 per organisation or consortium for visits beyond Europe and up to £700 for visits within greater Europe.  The total amount of funding available in this round is £18,400.  50% of the funding is ring-fenced for travel to ODA countries http://www.oecd.org/dac/financing-sustainable-development/development-finance-standards/DAC_List_ODA_Recipients2018to2020_flows_En.pdf

Further information on eligibility, application guidelines and the application form are available on the ICOM UK website: http://uk.icom.museum/about-us/bursaries/

Case Studies from previous grant recipients can be read on the ICOM UK website http://uk.icom.museum/resources/case-studies/

Deadlines for Applications

Deadline for applications: 09:00 on Monday 2 March 2020

Successful applicants notified: w/c 16 March 2020

Travel and all paperwork must be completed by: 14 December 2020

Enquiries and applications should be sent to uk.icom.museum@gmail.com

Update on the UK’s participation in Creative Europe

As the UK left the EU on 31 January, Creative Europe UK has updated their participation guidance so that organisations and cultural professionals in the UK, and beyond, have the latest information to hand.

As guaranteed by the Withdrawal Agreement, UK organisations can continue to apply for Creative Europe funding opportunities until the current programme ends in December 2020.

UK organisations remain fully eligible for Creative Europe funding opportunities until 31 December 2020, and when selected will receive funding for the entire duration of their projects, even if these run beyond 2020. This also applies to projects currently in progress.

Participation in the new Creative Europe programme (2021-2027) is open to non-EU countries, and the UK’s particpation will be decided in negotiations on the future relationship with the EU. Please do keep talking about how the current Creative Europe programme has benefited your organisations. Creative Europe has reflected this in their Impact Report, which shows how Creative Europe is about so much more than funding.

Their advice for UK lead and partner organisations, and other European partners, is to continue applications for the forthcoming Creative Europe calls. Creative Europe Desk UK can provide guidance and support, so get in touch and follow them on Twitter for updates.

Terry Simioti Nyambe (Livingston Museum, Zambia and ICOM Executive Committee) shares some thoughts on restitution and decoloniation in advance of the 2020 Working Internationally Conference, Leeds

Terry Simioti Nyambe is Assistant Curator of Ichthyology, Livingstone Museum, Zambia and an ICOM Executive Committee Member.  Thanks to funding from the British Council, we are delighted that Terry will be participating in an in-conversation session with Tonya Nelson, Chair of ICOM UK at the 2020 Working Internationally Conference at Leeds Art Gallery on 12 March 2020.

Terry and Tonya will discuss restitution and decolonisation through the lens of soft power.  Terry has shared some questions for speakers and delegates to consider in advance of the conference:

  • We live in a century where the indigenous communities and those that were colonised are now demanding their cultural heritage property back to their communities.  Should all cultural property be repatriated or returned?

 

  • When cultural property is returned, it revitalises the culture of the original communities as the tangible comes into contact with its intangible values to complete the story.  The value of the return of cultural property to original communities is immeasurable.  What value can soft power add to this vital process?

 

  • Many Museums around the world are now engaged in activities to return cultural objects that were collected during times of war or colonial era.  Would we be right if we called this decolonisation of museums?

To view the full conference programme and book discounted tickets for ICOM UK members visit https://wi2020.eventbrite.com

View the full programme for the 2020 Working Internationally Conference and book tickets

2020 Working Internationally Conference: Can Museums and Galleries Save UK Diplomacy? Soft Power in Turbulent Times

Thursday 12 March, Leeds Art Gallery

Programme

10:30 – 11:00 Registration, refreshments, networking

11:00 – 11:10 Welcome and Introduction

11:10 – 11:55 Session 1: Setting the Scene

Session Chair: Kathryn Simpson, NMDC

Helen Jones, Director of Global Engagement and Strategy, Science Museum Group (SMG)

Kate Arthurs, Head of Arts, British Council

Lone Britt Christensen, Cultural Attache, Embassy of Denmark in the UK

Andrew Mackay, Director, Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery

11:55 – 12:40 Session 2: Restitution and Decolonisation through the lens of soft power

Tonya Nelson, Chair of ICOM UK in conversation with Terry Simiote Nyambe, Assistant Curator of Ichthyology, Livingstone Museum, Zambia and ICOM Executive Board.

12:40 – 13:55 Lunch and networking

13:25 – 13:55 ICOM UK Annual General Meeting

13:55 – 14:30 Session 3: Digital soft power

Session Chair: Arran Rees, ICOM UK

Dr Natalia Grincheva, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Melbourne and author of Global Trends in Museum Diplomacy and Museum Diplomacy in the Digital Age.

14:30 – 15:15 Session 4: Soft power in the next decade

Session Chair: Catherine McDermott, ICOM UK

Nick Marchand, Head of International, V&A

Paul Brummell, Head of Soft Power and External Affairs Department, Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)

15:15 – 15:35 Break, refreshments, networking

15:35 – 16:10 Session 5: Soft power in action

Cat Lumb, Producer: Jallianwala Bagh 1919: Punjab Under Siege | Secondary and Post-16 Co-ordinator (Humanities/Arts), Manchester Museum

Dr Sarah Worden, Senior Curator African Collections, National Museums Scotland

16:10 – 16:40 Session 6: Where do we go from here?

Session Chair and Speakers as per Session 1.

16:40 – 16:45 Thank you and close of conference

ICOM UK members can book discounted tickets at https://wi2020.eventbrite.com

The conference will examine the variety of ways in which museums and galleries create and influence soft power. We will hear from a range of representatives from museums and galleries, government agencies and NGOs to understand the interplay between policy, business and culture in the shaping of diplomacy. The conference will also explore the relationship between soft power and museum sector issues such as decolonization and digital engagement and the practicalities of developing mutually beneficial international projects and partnerships.

The Working Internationally Conference is organised by ICOM UK and NMDC with support from the British Council.

ICOM UK AGM papers available to download

The ICOM UK Annual General Meeting (AGM) takes place on 13:25 – 13:55 on 12 March at Leeds Art Gallery.

Members can register to attend the AGM at https://icomukagm2020.eventbrite.com

The AGM agenda and papers are available to read and download at https://uk.icom.museum/about-us/icom-uk/annual-general-meetings

We kindly ask members attending the AGM to read the papers in advance so the time available can be used to answer specific questions from members.  We will not be providing printed copies of the papers at the AGM so if you wish to have printed copies with you on the day of the AGM, please print them at home or work and bring them with you.

Any members who are not able to attend the AGM and have questions can email them to ICOM UK before 10 March at uk.icom.museum@gmail.com

Any members planning to attend the AGM can also book discounted tickets for the 2020 Working Internationally Conference taking place on 12 March at Leeds Art Gallery https://wi2020.eventbrite.com

3 March deadline for applications to ICOM UK – British Council Travel Grant Scheme

Deadlines for Applications

Deadline for applications: 09:00 on Monday 2 March 2020

Successful applicants notified: w/c 16 March 2020

Travel and all paperwork must be completed by: 14 December 2020

Enquiries and applications should be sent to uk.icom.museum@gmail.com

ICOM UK, with support from the British Council, is offering travel grants to support staff from UK organisations seeking to build reciprocally beneficial international projects and partnerships.  The scheme is open to non-members as well as members.

The 2019-20 ICOM UK British Council Travel Grant Scheme enables recipients to undertake an international visit to meet with colleagues and share skills and experience.  The Travel Grant Scheme supports museums, galleries and similar organisations who are starting to develop mutually beneficial international projects and partnerships.  Priority will be given to non-national museums, galleries and organisations who have not yet participated in an international project or partnership.

Although these grants cannot be used to attend international conference and events, the grants could be used to visit several potential exhibition partners in one country or region.  The grant will cover the cost of travel (including international and local transport), visas, accommodation and subsistence.

Applications will be considered for grants of up to £1,500 per organisation or consortium for visits beyond Europe and up to £700 for visits within greater Europe.  The total amount of funding available in this round is £18,400.  50% of the funding is ring-fenced for travel to ODA countries http://www.oecd.org/dac/financing-sustainable-development/development-finance-standards/DAC_List_ODA_Recipients2018to2020_flows_En.pdf

Further information on eligibility, application guidelines and the application form are available on the ICOM UK website: http://uk.icom.museum/about-us/bursaries/

Case Studies from previous grant recipients can be read on the ICOM UK website http://uk.icom.museum/resources/case-studies/

New International Committee on Ethical Dilemmas

ICOM ICETHICS is the new ICOM International Committee on Ethical Dilemmas.

As dedicated museum professionals and ICOM members, we see the need for a broad and open debate about ethical dilemmas. With the new importance of museums as societal actors, ethical dilemmas are among the most relevant working fields. We believe that IC Ethics will be an essential and important addition to the International Committees of ICOM.

As an International Committee, it will be an open forum on ethical dilemmas for all museum professionals, a forum for reflection, discussion and sharing, thereby helping museum professionals to make more informed choices.

IC Ethics has been officially founded in Kyoto/Japan on Tuesday, 4th of September 2019, after being approved by the ICOMs Executive Board in July 2019. The initiators have received 171 Letters of Support from 38 different countries and four continents. In addition, five National Committees have supported the initiative with written statements.

Find out more about:

>>> Our mission (english, français, español)

>>> Chair, Board Members and Observer 2019-2022

>>> Our activities

>>> How to become a member

>>> How to connect

2020 ICOM UK AGM – available Committee positions – Working Internationally Conference

The ICOM UK Annual General Meeting (AGM) takes place 13:25 – 13:55 on Thursday 12 March at Leeds Art Gallery during the lunch break of the 2020 Working Internationally Conference.

If you plan to attend the AGM, please book your free place before 6pm on Tuesday 10 March via Eventbrite https://icomukagm2020.eventbrite.com

The agenda and the papers can be downloaded from the ICOM UK website https://uk.icom.museum/about-us/icom-uk/annual-general-meetings/

There are four positions available on the ICOM UK Committee.  If you are interested in joining the ICOM UK Committee, you can read the role descriptions and the process for applying at https://uk.icom.museum/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/FINAL_ICOMUK_Committee_Roles_2020-1.pdf  The deadline for applying is Monday 24 February 2020.

If you are coming to Leeds for the AGM, why not take advantage of the members’ special ticket price (£49) for the 2020 Working Internationally Conference: Soft Power in Turbulent Times.  Can Museums and Galleries Save UK Diplomacy?  There is a limited capacity at the conference and over half of the tickets have now been sold.  View the conference programme and book tickets at https://wi2020.eventbrite.com

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