My Lockdown Story – Bright Lights in Norway
By Carla Rapoport, Executive Director & Founder, Lumen Art Projects
As the world started to shut down and every exhibition, festival and commission we’d been working on was postponed, shuttered or cancelled, there was one bright light shining. It was the green ‘active now’ dot on our Skype link with Torill Haugen, digital curator of Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway. My colleague Jack Addis kept his Skype on too and throughout the days and weeks of uncertainty in March, Torill and Jack kept a conversation going.
Maybe the exhibition we were planning in late May, featuring two of our US-based artists, Sougwen Chung and Refik Anadol, could go ahead without any travel involved? Norway’s experience with COVID-19 was going reasonably well. A big Skype call in mid-April confirmed that a re-opening of Norway – and its museums – was likely by the end of the month – hooray! But would – or indeed, could – the artists adapt to the changing parameters? Happily, Lumen Art Projects specialises in art created with technology and neither work chosen for this exhibition was going to be physically sent to Norway. But both artists were scheduled to be at the opening and Sougwen Chung, was planning to perform with her robots live on the first night.
Happily, Sougwen had already been developing a telepresence version of her performance that could interact with a live audience as a way to cut down on her air miles before even COVID existed. Now, she had the perfect opportunity to develop this aspect of her practice. And Jack became adept at the remote management of the design and an installation of which involved a 5m x 5m LED screen for artist Refik Anadol’s work, Melting Memories.
The opening was scheduled for 18 June and as I chewed my nails at my home in Wales, Jack was on Zoom from his home in Trowbridge, UK, chatting live with Refik to the VIP attendees in Norway. The emails started to flow soon after – Torill was thrilled as was the audience. I poured myself a drink! Since then Sougwen has given two of her 5 scheduled telepresence performances, also live, beaming herself from her studio in NYC.
Having staged, installed and attended openings of our shows around the globe, it feels very odd not to have been able to attend this one. But Jack and I are thrilled that the show went on – and continues to attract visitors daily. Re.Memory remains on until early October and I really hope to visit it. But mainly, I’m just really proud of Sougwen, Jack and Torill for the flexibility, patience and ingenuity for bringing this off.
And looking ahead here in the UK, we’re excited to be talking with a range of new partners who want to know more about art that can arrive in their exhibition space without the need for couriers or on-site installation. Digital art, it seems, has come of age.
** ‘A Life In Lockdown’ Exhibition: Memories of Covid-19 in Gloucestershire 2020 **
Your Museum needs you! The Museum of Gloucester is inviting everyone in the county to capture their memories of #Gloucestershire during the period of #lockdown, for an exhibition titled ‘A Life in Lockdown’.
We’re hoping to display as many of your memories as possible in an exhibition at the museum in Autumn 2020, as well as a producing a permanent record of this period in our digital collection. There will also be a small competition for children and young adults and an overall ‘People Choice’ award.
To contribute your memories of the #Covid-19 pandemic in Gloucestershire, please submit up to five image(s) and/or a video that you’ve taken during the lockdown period from 20 March 2020…
You have until Friday 31 July 2020 to submit your content and details/links on how to submit your content are below. Keep calm and start collating! #ALifeInLockdown…
📌 How to submit content: https://bit.ly/2LNuLGM
📌 Submit your entry: https://bit.ly/2Xz7jTl
The Museum of Gloucester
During this challenging time we at Warren Elsmore Ltd have been keeping in touch with all of our customers and suppliers on a regular basis. We’ve been working together to see what route there is for our sector, back to some semblance of normality. We know that this crisis will pass – but when restrictions are eased we also know that we must maintain a safe environment for both our staff and visitors.
Talking about the situation over the last couple of weeks, it became apparent that our experience in both touring exhibitions and extremely large events could be put to good use. Whilst the build of a 30,000 square meter exhibition space might not seem relatable to a local museum – in these strange times, the logistic challenges are not too dissimilar.
As we face these all challenges together it would be wrong not to share whatever we can, so I’ve written a white paper on ‘Social Distancing in Touring Exhibitions’. This documents not only the new procedures we as a company are putting into place – but also best practise guidance we’ve gathered from around the sector. It’s available now as a free download from the link below:
Please do feel free to distribute this within your organisation if you wish. Similarly, if you have extra materials we can add to this, or any other comments – we’d love to hear those as well. Please email me and I will make sure to keep the document updated.
2020 is going to be a tough year for us all, but we will get through it. Please stay safe,
House of Illustration in King’s Cross (www.houseofillustration.org.uk) will be working on a new capital project from January 2021 and so will be looking for assistance with artwork storage.
We would be so grateful if we were able to partner with another gallery or museum in order to store our touring exhibitions and other pieces for approximately 18 months at a low rate.
Any help or advice much appreciated – please get in touch with Katie McCurrach, firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking for tour partners for our new Small Stories exhibition
Our first exhibition celebrates Judith Kerr’s classic title The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Due to the success of the pilot version, currently touring National Trust properties around the UK, we have opened a second Tiger tour which has two remaining slots March/April and May/June 2022
The exhibition consists of:
– 10 framed pieces of facsimile artwork from the book,
– a reproduction of Sophie’s kitchen for little visitors to play in, complete with its own cuddly 5ft Tiger!
– 3 interpretation panels
– copies of the book
– bespoke dress up
The hire fee is £4,000 +VAT for a two month loan.
The exhibition has enjoyed tremendous success at all of the venues it’s toured to thus far, visitor numbers are up – so much so that Quarry Bank had a 20,000 visitor increase from the same period last year.
Visitors have been on social media praising the exhibition:
‘More events like the tiger who came to tea for the families, linked to affordable keep sakes that are relevant to the theme’.
‘Great little exhibition for my two, and clearly very popular’
For this second tour, we will need to fill all of the available slots before we can recommission the creation of a brand new Tiger, set and props for this second round of the tour.
Each slot includes a school holiday period
Like all of you, the Touring Exhibitions Group have been following the challenging and changeable news regarding the global Covid-19 and Coronavirus crisis.
In light of current government advice and the likely long-term effects, we have decided to postpone the TEG Marketplace and Seminar that were due to take place on 30 April and 1 May 2020.
We are looking at options for holding the Seminar in October and another two-day event, including the Marketplace, in spring 2021. We are discussing this with our hosts at People’s History Museum in Manchester. If you have already purchased tickets, they will be valid for the re-arranged events and in support of TEG and our community, we hope you will by happy to attend on the rescheduled dates. Should this not be possible, we will of course offer refunds. Please bear with us for now, while we make new arrangements.
We understand that calling off the events is going to cause disappointment and disruption but I am sure that you understand why we have opted to do so. We will keep you informed about new arrangements for the events as soon as we have information but in the meantime, If you have any questions please direct them to Andrew Deathe, TEG Coordinator.
Nicola Coleby, TEG Chair and the TEG Committee
We are very pleased to announce that long-term TEG members Blue Tokay are supporting four bursaries for first-time TEG Marketplace attendees. Successful applicants will receive a free-place to attend the Marketplace on the 1st May, and up to £75 to cover their travel costs.
If you would like to apply for a Blue Tokay TEG Marketplace Bursary, please email Charlotte Dew with a statement of up to 100 words outlining why you would like to attend the TEG Marketplace. Please note, to qualify for a bursary it must be the first time your organisation has been represented at the TEG Marketplace.
Blue Tokay specialise in displays of natural history and have a portfolio of touring exhibitions for museums, galleries and cultural or science venues. They will have a stand at the TEG Marketplace 2020.
Friday 15 November 2019
10.00am – 5.00pm
Natural History Museum, London
Over the past five years, the lending and borrowing landscape in UK museums and galleries has been the subject of increased focus, activity, training and funding. Art Fund, the National Museum Directors’ Council (NMDC) and the Touring Exhibitions Group (TEG) invite you to join them, and colleagues from Arts Council England (ACE) and the National Museums, to:
- Be inspired to lend and borrow to achieve your organisation’s objectives
- To review and reflect on the loans activity resulting from programmes including the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund, Ready to Borrow and Preparing to Borrow, and the wider context and agenda set by the Mendoza and DCMS Reviews
- To consider what changes and adaptations still need to be made to facilitate and maximise the impact of loans
- To consider future opportunities for lending and borrowing between museums and galleries
Please download the leaflet for ticketing details
Job Title: Touring Exhibitions Co-ordinator
Part time, fixed term contract for 12 months from December 2019 to November 2020, 18.5 hours per week
Salary: £23,853.05 pro rata
We are currently recruiting for an experienced, enthusiastic and organised Touring Exhibitions Co-ordinator to work with us at Birmingham Museums Trust. Based within the Collections Directorate as part of the Curatorial and Exhibitions team, you will collaborate with a guest curator, partner museums in the English Civic Museums Network and exhibition organisers in Japan to develop proposals and object lists for an exciting programme of international touring exhibitions. This post is supported by Art Fund.
For further information please read the job description here – https://birminghammuseumstrust.livevacancies.co.uk/#/
The closing date for applications is Tuesday 22 October 2019 and we expect interviews to take place on Thursday 31 October 2019
Due to a change of circumstances, The Royal Photographic Society’s International Photography Exhibition 162 is now available for hire for some dates in 2020.
The exhibition consists of 100 framed prints of various sizes and is derived from our annual competition, which is now in its 162nd edition and is the longest running exhibition of its kind in the world. It is selected by a panel of respected industry leaders and showcases series work as well as single images, from photographers and image makers worldwide.
See more info on the TEG website here
For more information, contact the RPS Exhibitions Dept
Organisation: The Design Museum
Salary: c£30,000 per annum, dependent on experience
Type: Fixed term
The Design Museum’s temporary exhibitions programme is the central focus of its activities with an influential and engaging programme of paid-for temporary exhibitions alongside its free permanent display. The exhibitions include monographs and thematic exhibitions on every aspect of contemporary design and architecture. Once completed in Kensington, temporary exhibitions go on to become part of the museum’s touring portfolio which sends exhibitions across the globe, generating income and raising the profile of the Design Museum.
The Touring Curator will sit within the Exhibitions department, working closely with the team responsible for the operational delivery of touring exhibitions. With direct experience of delivering exhibitions to an international audience, the post holder will understand the challenges of delivering content to touring venues.
As well as working with the team to enhance how existing exhibition content is presented to potential partners, the post holder will assess potential gaps in content and gauge which subjects are most popular to touring markets.
The successful candidate will have extensive experience in creating exhibitions that have successfully toured internationally. They will have an in depth and current knowledge of the exhibition touring landscape and the international market for touring exhibitions as well as a very strong international network.
Across a period of 12 months, the post holder will work closely with the Acting Head of Touring and an external consultant with expertise in international strategy to agree priorities for the period which will include developing exhibition concepts that sit within the context of the museum’s curatorial vision.
The concepts will be presented to key stakeholders at the museum and at least one of them will be developed in to a fully worked exhibition narrative including an object list, exhibition text, the visitor experience and content for learning and public programmes to form part of the completed exhibition package that could be promoted for tour.
The post holder will work closely with the Acting Head of Touring Exhibitions and Exhibitions team to enhance existing activity such as developing tour proposals for existing exhibitions and researching venues for potential touring exhibitions.
The post holder may wish to engage a volunteer and will work alongside colleagues from the Exhibitions and Curatorial departments to ensure a comprehensive understanding of existing Design Museum practise.
This role is offered on a 12 month fixed-term contract. The interview date for this role are to be confirmed. Please indicate on your application form dates you are not available for interview in August.
- Develop a touring exhibitions programme that reflects the Design Museum’s curatorial vision.
- Advocate for the programme with external partners (e.g. potential lenders to touring exhibitions or potential hosts for touring exhibitions).
- Map the market for potential Design Museum exhibitions, undertaking research and evaluating findings with the Acting Head of Touring Exhibitions and any external consultants.
- Research potential exhibitions drawing from the Design Museum collection.
- Create a minimum of four exhibition proposals that can be developed specifically to tour and present these concepts to key stakeholders across the museum.
- Communicate the financial and practical implications of exhibition proposals such as complex loans and potential transportation challenges.
- Develop one proposal to a full exhibition proposal including narrative, interpretation plan, viable loans, exhibition text and learning and public programmes tool kit for host venues.
- Research potential host venues for the exhibition and others that are existing on the museum’s portfolio.
- Support the Acting Head of Touring Exhibitions in reaching out to potential partners and effectively selling the exhibitions.
- Work with the Curatorial team and Acting Head of Touring Exhibitions to improve existing marketing materials and develop new ones as required.
- Manage volunteers, treating them as integral members of the museum and Exhibitions team; be responsible for their induction, supervision and timely review meetings.
- Become an integral part of the Exhibitions Team, attending team and museum wide meetings are required.
- Deliver progress reports to colleagues across the museum as required.
If you are interested in applying, please email email@example.com
6 month contract initially and then renewed annually
40-42 days per annum at £150 per day
Working days spread across the week to enable queries to be answered in a timely way
The TEG Executive Committee is the main ‘engine’ for TEG’s work, powering all its activities. The TEG Coordinator is pivotal to this group, organising and recording the committee’s quarterly meetings, running the day to day financial operation, supporting the delivery of the group’s research and events and maintaining records. TEG is a decentralised organisation with no single location, as such this role is vital in supporting the Chair to coordinate the work of members of the Executive Committee, providing information they need to carry out tasks and administrative support for TEG’s events and activities.
We are looking for a flexible and organised administrator with proven experience of working in the exhibition sector. This part time freelance post supports and reports to TEG’s Chair, working closely with them and the rest of the committee to coordinate the group’s activities. The successful candidate will have excellent administrative and communication skills and pay close attention to detail. We are looking for someone who is motivated and excited by the opportunity to contribute to a small, dynamic organisation which is ambitious and continuing to evolve.
If you are interested in this role, please download the job specification here.
To apply please send a CV and letter (no more than two sides of A4 each) to Alice Lobb with ‘TEG Coordinator’ as the email subject.
Application deadline is 11am GMT on Tuesday 3 September 2019. Interviews will be held on Thursday 12 September 2019 in London.
If you have not heard from us by the end of the day on Friday 6 September, you should assume that you have not been short-listed for interview. We regret that we will not be able to give feedback to those who are not short-listed.
Touring Exhibitions Group is committed to equal opportunities and inclusivity, therefore we welcome and encourage applicants from all sections of the community. If you need any assistance in order to attend an interview please state this in your application.
MK Gallery’s Exhibition Coordinator supports the Head of Exhibitions to arrange the practical organisation, logistics and delivery of the artistic programme, including touring exhibitions. He/she contributes to the production of catalogues, supports exhibition-related funding applications and assists with writing interpretation material for the programme.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
Support the Head of Exhibitions to deliver the exhibition programme. This includes but is not limited to:
- Assisting with practical arrangements for exhibition tours including packing, transportation, and courier schedules
- Assisting with researching and collating object and contextual images and seeking copyright clearances
- Assisting with the acquisition of loans, liaising with artists, curators, collectors and galleries where required
- Assisting with administration for off-site projects and other artists’ projects
- Researching and ordering expenditure items for exhibitions and projects
- Assisting with the coordination and booking of travel for artists and other individuals involved in the exhibitions programme
- Researching and collating information on artists in the programme
- Assisting with planning and managing the installation of exhibitions
- Assisting with the preparation of display material for exhibitions
- Providing support with condition checking, environmental data monitoring
- Administering artists’ and exhibition proposals and responding to enquiries from the general public regarding the exhibition programme
- Researching and sourcing material for exhibition interpretation and for the production of catalogues
- Supporting fundraising for exhibitions, drafting funding bids and sourcing in-kind support e.g. drinks sponsors for previews
- Deputise when required for the Head of Exhibitions and take sole responsibility for smaller projects as necessary
- Assisting the Exhibition Manager in the writing and drafting of contracts and agreements with arts practitioners and professional arts contacts
- Liaising with the Communications team and other staff where necessary to promote exhibitions and events.
- Supporting the Head of Exhibitions to ensure health & safety policy is adhered to in relation to the exhibition programme and installations
- Assisting the Head of Exhibitions in financial administration and budget management
- To undertake any other duties as reasonably required by the Head of Exhibitions or Director
- To carry out his/her responsibilities with due regard to the MK Gallery security, Health and Safety, Child Protection and Equal Opportunities Policies at all times.
- To provide his/her own clerical support
For more information visit the MK Gallery website and scroll to ‘Opportunities and Jobs’
Type: Permanent Full-Time
Closing date: 14 July 2019
Interview date: 25 July 2019.
We have an exciting opportunity for a new Exhibitions Assistant within our Exhibitions Department. The team is made up of a Head of Exhibitions, one Senior Exhibitions Manager, one Senior Touring Manager, four Exhibitions Managers, one Senior Exhibitions Assistant and (in total) three Exhibitions Assistants. Additional Exhibition Managers are brought in on short term contracts to assist with specific projects.
As a department, we deliver around 7 exhibitions a year at Trafalgar Square, alongside projects nationally and internationally. We work closely with all departments across the gallery to achieve this.
The Exhibitions Assistant supports the organisation and delivery of temporary exhibitions from the point of initial programming, through to de-installation, including any onward tour.
For more information and to download a full job description, please visit the National Gallery website.
If you are interested in this opportunity to join our team please complete the online application form by 14th July 2019.
Preparing to Borrow Workshop Programme 2019 – Open for Booking
TEG is very pleased to be partnering with Art Fund and Arts Council England (ACE) again in 2019, to deliver a programme of Preparing to Borrow Workshops: