UPDATE: The Connect10 competition has now closed, with over 62,000 votes cast in two weeks. See which ten venues won artists to lead their Museums at Night 2014 events!
Culture24’s Connect10 competition is back for 2014: all 5000+ UK arts and heritage venues on Culture24’s database are warmly invited to enter the competition to win one of ten top contemporary artists and a financial subsidy for their Museums at Night event!
The 2014 Connect10 artists are:
- Fred Deakin
- Alex Hartley
- Janette Parris
- Grayson Perry
- Matt Pyke
- Amy Sharrocks
- Mr Smith’s Letterpress Workshop
- Spencer Tunick
- Jessica Voorsanger
Read the artists’ statements and the type of events they’d like to put on at venues for Museums at Night 2014.
How the competition works
Any cultural or heritage venue in the country can submit an event idea, forty will be shortlisted to go through to the public vote, and all shortlisted venues that don’t win an artist will be supported, through small grants, to go ahead with a Museums at Night event.
Winning venues receive a bursary of £2000 to support their event, enabling ambitious and creative event programming. The venues who come in second place will receive a £200 bursary towards their alternative Museums at Night events, while those who come third and fourth will receive £100 each, helping everyone to be part of the festival.
Two winning venues and one artist who took part in Connect10 2013 share their experiences and recommendations here.
Connect10 competition key dates
Downloadable resources for participating venues
- Simple at-a-glance Connect10 essentials guide (2 pages)
- Detailed Connect10 resource pack for venues (7 pages)
- Artists’ statements, event ideas and biogs (7 pages)
- How the Connect10 polling widget works
- Terms and conditions for participating venues
- Terms and conditions for voters
- Museums at Night logo
- Connect10 logo
- Arts Council England logo
The Connect10 competition is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
John Orna-Ornstein, Director of Museums at Arts Council England says:
“The explosion of contemporary artists working with museums is a real cultural success story – transforming how we interact with our great national collections and enabling artists to present their work to the public outside the walls of the studio or contemporary gallery. Connect10 is a fantastic opportunity for collaboration between museums and artists, challenging museums and artists to look at collections in innovative ways and bringing more audiences into museums across the country.”