Museums and Libraries

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Consultancy Opportunity: Bolton Museum

The brief

Bolton Museum is undergoing a major redevelopment project which will transform the Egypt, Art and Nature galleries to appropriately and effectively showcase our collections and create a unique visitor experience. The redevelopment of the Egyptology galleries will create a journey through Egyptian life to showcase our world famous collections. The project will include a facsimile copy of Thutmose III tomb which will be the only one of its kind in the UK. The galleries are currently under construction and will be complete in 2018.

Bolton is well known for its significant Egyptology collection and since the establishment of the museum in its first home at Chadwick Museum it has grown a rich and varied collection of artefacts.

As part of the capital project we want to take the opportunity to maximise the potential of a new shop space and venue hire for commercial events.

Bolton museum service is commissioning this piece of work to:

  • Gain an understanding about how to configure the new shop to maximise display space
  • Develop retail lines appropriate to our visitor demographic
  • Train staff to equip them with retail knowledge to enable us to maintain the shop and provide a successful and consistent income stream
  • Explore the potential of our spaces for events hire and ensure we are equipped to offer a professional and well organised service.
  • Maximise our potential as an events hire venue during a time of strong investment from businesses in the town.

Outputs

The successful consultant will deliver the following outputs:

  1. Recommendations for planning, marketing and delivering successful event hire
  2. A report outlining the best use of shop space and gallery space for events hire
  3. Training for staff around selecting appropriate product lines including bespoke products, effective marketing and display and maintaining stock.

Budget

The budget is £4500 inclusive of expenses

Conditions

Tender showing relevant experience to be submitted by 23 June 2017
Interviews will be held week beginning 10 July 2017
Training and advice sessions to take place between July and November 2017
Report to be produced by 29 January 2018

Submit your tender to: Jennifer.rudd@bolton.gov.uk

Phone 01204 332731 for further information

Funding

Engaging Libraries Programme Deadline: August 2017

The Carnegie UK Trust has announced that its Engaging Libraries Programme is now open for applications. The programme offers grants of £5,000 – £15,000 to libraries to deliver creative and imaginative public engagement projects on health and wellbeing. Applicants must be public library services, but the programme has a strong emphasis on collaboration and encourages libraries to think about a broad range of potential partnership opportunities in the delivery of their projects.

The Carnegie UK Trust is aiming to support between 8 – 10 libraries and activities must be completed between October 2017 and October 2018. The closing date for applications is August 2017.

Find out more here.

Events

An Evening with Award-winning Children’s Author Gill Lewis

Thu, May 25, 6:30 pm – 9:00pm

Number 70 Oxford Road, Manchester, M1 5NH

Much loved and bestselling children’s author Gill Lewis will be appearing at Number 70 Oxford Road to give a special talk and signing of her latest book A Story Like the Wind. Join us for the opportunity to gain a unique insight into this topical and timely tale.


A small group of refugees is crowded on to a boat on the sea. They share their stories as the boat travels towards the dream of safety and freedom. One boy, Rami, has brought his violin, and his story of how the violin was invented, and of a stallion that could run like the wind, weaves through the other stories, bringing them all together into a celebration of hope and of the power of music and story. A very special, beautifully illustrated, fable for all who strive to understand, and to stand together with, those around them.


Gill Lewis is the multi-award-winning and best-selling author of novels such as Sky Hawk, White Dolphin, and Scarlet Ibis and A Story Like the Wind is her lyrical and unforgettable response to the refugee crisis, which will linger on in the mind long after reading. Beautiful charcoal illustrations from Jo Weaver give this book a very special feel and make it a perfect gift.

This ticket admits one person and is redeemable to the value of £3 against the purchase of ‘A Story Like the Wind’ on the night.

Doors open at 6.30pm and there will be a 7.00pm start for the event itself. The talk will last approximately one hour, will include time for question and answers and will be followed by a book sale and signing. We do hope we can welcome you to this special talk.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-evening-with-award-winning-childrens-author-gill-lewis-tickets-3312230671

Vacancies & Opportunities

Artist Opportunity: Expressions of Interest

Brief for Expressions of Interest for Artist-led Activities to Celebrate Jane Austen

2017 What is Time To Read?

Time To Read (TTR) is a unique partnership of 22 Library Authorities in North West England, working together to promote reading since 2002.

The NW region covers Cumbria, Lancashire and Cheshire, all of Greater Manchester and Greater Merseyside. The network’s activities are currently led by a coordinator and managed by a steering group made up of representatives from the NW Society of Chief Librarians (NW SCL), Arts Council England and The Reading Agency.

Authorities who have signed up as members to TTR benefit from the coordination of activity, support and shared resources across the NW. As a unified group, TTR can increase the quality of events and promotions, sharing resources, information and learning across the North West. This ensures we can make our current library stock and resources work harder for us, finding new ways for the public to engage with them.

Celebrating Jane Austen 2017

Each year TTR undertakes a large scale reader development project delivered in libraries across the North West.

To acknowledge the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death in 2017, TTR plans create a package of artistic activity that will support the 22 member library authorities across the North West, giving them a core offer with which they can form their own Jane Austen celebrations between July and December 2017.

This will include commissioning a new piece of touring theatre, a new visual art element looking at Austen’s letters and a pre-selected directory of artists with which libraries can choose to procure activity from artists who have an offer focusing on Jane Austen in some way.

What We Are Looking For

We are seeking artists, storytellers, writers, poets, creative organisations and performers who have an offer that can support the Jane Austen project in libraries who would like to be considered to be included in our artist directory.

Expressions of Interest which meet our criteria will be put to a selection panel made up from representatives from TTR who will create a directory of artist to be circulated to each of the 22 member library authorities for them to purchase activity which suites their requirements.

Practicalities

Please note the variety of physical library spaces across the North West in terms of size and facilities. Your work would need to be adaptable to fit these spaces. You must indicate on your Expression of Interest form any minimal technical specifics required to ensure the successful delivery of your activity.

Payment

Payment terms will be agreed between the artist and the commissioning library authority.

Selection Process

All expressions of interest will be considered carefully by a panel made up of members from Time To Read.

Our priorities for selection are:

  • That you can address all the practical issues such as budget, insurance and that you have identified any risks and have strategies to reduce / remove them.
  • You must have a bank account and be registered as self employed, Public Liability Insurance and be able to provide a UTR – (Unique Tax Reference).
  • You can provide evidence of previous experience of delivering creative activities with community groups and/or young people.
  • We are looking for a range of good quality engaging and innovative approaches to delivery.
  • Ideas that celebrate and fit the Jane Austen theme. This could be a contemporary interpretation or exploration of her work or themes. We are not seeking just period pieces but would also welcome work pitched in a contemporary way that is relevant and relatable to library users and can be used to build new library audiences.

Application

  • Completion of the Expression of Interest formjane-austen
  • Confirmation that you can meet all points in the Selection Process outline above

Please reply in this instance with the EoI confirming that you to: Clancy Mason, Time To Read Coordinator clancy.masonttr@blackpool.gov.uk

Deadline for expressions of interest: Tuesday 9 May 2017

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Children & Young People, Funding

Children & the Arts Start Programme Funding (in partnership with Curious Minds)

The national charity Children & the Arts are working with Curious Minds to launch a new round of their Start programme and to bring the programme to the North West. Children & the Arts are seeking for 4 cultural venues to deliver three-year Start programmes which will develop and grow their relationships with local schools.

Programmes will start in September 2017 and will include cultural visits, professional development opportunities for teachers, education work linked to the national curriculum and the opportunity for the participating children and young people to engage in critical analysis and develop their own creative responses. The programme will also enable children and young people to achieve an Arts Award and participating schools to gain Artsmark.

Successful applicants will receive a wide range of support from Children & the Arts and Curious Minds, particularly with regards to Arts Award and Artsmark.

Applications are invited from cultural organisations based in or working in the following areas: Bolton, Preston, Rochdale, West Cumbria, Cheshire West & Chester and Tameside. The deadline for applications is Friday 28th April 2017.

For more information, and to download the application guidelines and application form, please visit: https://www.childrenandarts.org.uk/start-north-west