New Expressions partner Upton House, Warwickshire

New Expressions partner Upton House, Warwickshire

New Expressions receives 50,000 funding boost

By New Expressions

03 March 2015

Just days before New Expressions’ LIVE SEASON 2015 begins, it has received a £50,000 funding award from Arts Council England (ACE) as part of its Museum resilience funding package.

The programme which is already supported by a national ACE Grants for the Arts Award of £150,000 will now be able to work on the development of a Subject Specialist Network (SSN) that will help bring museums, artists and communities together.

The aim of an SSN is to develop mechanisms for cultivating and sharing curatorial expertise and support. The £50,000 award is one of just seven of its kind named in today’s national Museum resilience fund announcement, and part of a new investment by Arts Council England in English museums of over £17 million.

The funding will last for a year during which time New Expressions will develop a proposal, business model and 5 year plan for a sustainable SSN as well as undertake additional evaluation and documentation work.

New Expressions Programme Manager, Judith Robinson said: ‘Over the seven years since it was first launched New Expressions has delivered a series of highly successful projects and expanded from regional to national partnerships involving a range of artists, museums, audiences and communities. This funding boost will build on the momentum we’ve already achieved through the first, second and now third iteration of the programme.’

Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England, said: ‘We are delighted to be supporting museums through our Museum resilience fund. By investing in the development of their ambitions we will be helping to secure a stronger future for the organisations and improving experiences for visitors.’

For more information about Arts Council England’s Museum resilience fund visit www.artscouncil.org.uk