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Interested in taking part in the Museums at Night festival and/or entering the Connect! competition to develop a participatory event with a contemporary artist?
Come along to our free, friendly afternoon briefing session: it’s for anyone working or volunteering in a museum, gallery, heritage site or other cultural institution.
What is Museums at Night?
Museums at Night is Culture24’s annual after-hours festival showcasing the arts and heritage sector, which each year offers a great audience development opportunity.
What is the Connect! competition?
Formerly known as Connect10, Connect! is the competition giving venues the chance to win an artist-led participatory event and a £3,000 bursary.
What will you learn?
Find out about the benefits and challenges involved in hosting an after-hours event, what it takes to be a Connect! winner, and what it's like to host a top artist from the people who have done it before.
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to hear first-hand from a Connect10 artist, who will share their experience of developing a successful participatory event, and tips for venues interested in working with artists.
You’ll learn how to organise a local cluster of venues to take part in the festival, plus there will be plenty of opportunities to meet and chat with colleagues from your region.
Our guest speakers (TBC) will include:
A cluster coordinator: Laura Crossley, Heritage and Audience Development consultant who has successfully bid for funding and set up several Museums at Night clusters in North Norfolk
A Connect10 venue: Suzannah Bedford, who led the Renewal Trust's campaign to bring top photographer Rankin to St Ann's Allotments in Nottingham for Museums at Night
A Connect10 artist: Kelvyn Smith of Mr Smith's Letterpress Workshop, who devised a unique letterpress printing experience at Walthamstow's William Morris Gallery, taking inspiration from Morris' writings and the venue's collections
Doors open at 1.00pm, and we'll be serving tea and coffee: the session will kick off at 1:30pm.
*Mid-afternoon refreshments will be provided
*This briefing is supported by Arts Council England Lottery funding
When & Where
Culture24 is an independent charity which supports the cultural sector to reach and connect with audiences. We are a small and dynamic team of writers, thinkers, producers and publishers who love arts and culture, understand digital and believe that cultural organisations have a vital place in a better world.
We are best known for publishing great websites about culture; producing the successful Museums at Night festival of after-hours openings, and leading Let’s Get Real, the collaborative action research project involving cultural organisations across the UK and Europe. We also aggregate and share data about thousands of cultural events exhibitions and venues with a range of partners including the BBC.
Culture24 provides platforms, networks and safe, collaborative spaces within which cultural organisations can work together to reach and engage audiences, benchmark, experiment and learn. We broker partnerships and strategic opportunities that it would be near impossible to access as individual organisations.