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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, and how to keep developing fresh offers to visitors year-on-year from a venue which has taken advantage of several festival partnerships.
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 will include:
A cluster coordinator: Christina Grogan, who has grown Liverpool's Light Night into an unmissable city culture crawl
A Museums at Night venue: Damon Waldock, who has successfully developed Yorkshire Sculpture Park's Museums at Night events over several years
A Connect10 artist: Janette Parris, who brought in fellow artists and performers to copy and re-present Cardiff Story Museum, and even wrote songs inspired by their collection objects.
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.