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Funding opportunity: Bright Sparks is a new fund for artists and museums in Cornwall

Cornwall Museums Partnership and FEAST are challenging museums and artists to work together to generate original ideas for bringing more and different people into the museums of Cornwall to enjoy Cornwall’s unique heritage.

They are inviting proposals for creative projects which spark interest in what museums have to offer: “We want more people interested in their local history and more people doing or experiencing something creative”.

At this early stage they are offering a number of small grants of up to £2,500. The project must involve some form of tangible activity or event with which the community can get involved.

Cornwall Museums Partnership CMPApplications must be made jointly by artist(s) and museum. Ideas must be generated collaboratively and plans for delivery shared by both. It is imagined that some of the strongest ideas may come from an artist working with their local museum, but are not making this an absolute condition. You choose whether it is the artist(s) or museum who is the grant recipient on behalf of the project.

For more information or to submit an idea please contact

The deadline for applications is 20th September and both the application form and outline for the programme will be available online from next week

Posted June 27, 2016 at 5:28 pm

Inquiry seeks examples of the arts and culture influencing health and wellbeing outcomes

As part of an Inquiry into the role of the arts in health and social care, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing is seeking examples of the arts and culture influencing health and wellbeing outcomes.

The APPG is interested in examples of practice from the past decade, where there is reasonably reliable evidence of outcomes or evidence that a pilot or new approach has promise.

arts-health-and-wellbeingSubmissions are invited of up to 1,000 words, arranged according to headings outlined in the guidance.

For the guidance, definitions and further information about the Inquiry, please go to:,-Health-and-Wellbeing-Inquiry.aspx

The deadline for submissions is Friday 19 August 2016.

Posted June 27, 2016 at 3:47 pm

Collections Trust Conference: Who needs digitised collections?

Collections Trust Conference 2016: Who needs digitised collections?
London, 29 September

Who wants our collections digitised, and why? Where should we focus our efforts? And what kind of content should we be creating in the first place?

collections-trust-conferenceAround the world, museums of all sizes are digitising their collections and making the results available online in increasingly joined-up ways. As the government here declares its ambition to ‘make the UK one of the world’s leading countries for digitised public collections content’, this year’s Collections Trust Conference steps back from data standards and technical matters – and considers users and their needs. It is not about how to digitise your collections, but rather why you might want to.

This one-day conference will explore a number of challenges that we all need to address if – as the recent Culture White Paper puts it – our users are ‘to enjoy a seamless experience online, and have the chance to access particular collections in depth as well as search across all collections.

For more information, click here.

Posted June 24, 2016 at 7:01 pm

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