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Can a small venue take part in the Connect10 competition?

A man clinging on to the column of a building, with a streak of glowing neon

Connect10 artist Alex Hartley shinning up the columns at the Bank of England – how might he engage with your venue’s architecture? (c) Alex Hartley

A very small museum recently got in touch to ask whether they had any hope of taking part in the Connect10 competition to win an artist for their Museums at Night event. My response was a resounding “Yes!”

Take a look at the list of Connect10 artists available for Museums at Night 2014: we encourage venues of all sizes to think whether there might be a connection between one of the artists and your venue, collections or location. The artists’ ideas are very approximate and are intended to give you some background about the sort of things that inspire them and the way they like to work.

Going outside

Events don’t have to take place inside your building! Susan Forsyth’s Zusammen choir procession around the streets of Rochdale was a great example of community outreach, touring around significant places from the town’s history, pausing by sites of interest and ending up outside the Rochdale Pioneers Museum, before inviting everyone into the historic church across the street for tea and biscuits.

Size is no object when it comes to attracting votes

A man holding a sign with his name on in a library, with a t shirt hanging up behind him

One of the campaigners Connect10 artist Simon Roberts recorded at the Working Class Movement Library’s Museums at Night event in 2012 (c) Simon Roberts

Connect10 artists have been won by small venues in the past, for example, the Working Class Movement Library in Salford, which incidentally attracted the largest number of votes ever counted in the whole competition!

Internal marketing

However, it’s important that you’re aware that being part of Connect10 takes up a considerable amount of staff time, in reaching out to new audiences for votes during the competition stage, planning the event in collaboration with your artist if you win, maximising the amount of publicity you get and ensuring everything is in place for a successful event on the night. Talk with your team of staff and volunteers to see if they’re enthusiastic about the possibilities, or not.

Getting stakeholders on board

It could also be helpful to talk with other local arts or heritage venues, your Museum Development Officer, or your local communications team if you’re a council-run venue, to get any key stakeholders on board.

Joint bids

If you think your organisation would be taking on too much by applying for a Connect10 artist on your own, you might like to consider working together with another local organisation on a joint bid.

Connect10 artists and winning venues shared their experiences here – these presentations may be helpful to have a look at as they share the challenges and successes encountered by people involved in the competition in previous years.

We’ve put together this page with all the Connect10 links and helpful resources in one place.

Nick and I are always happy to have a chat on the phone with you, if that would be useful – we’re here to help! The direct line is 01273 623336.

Finally, if you’re keen to go ahead and apply to win a top Connect10 artist and a £2000 bursary for your Museums at Night event, here’s the 2 page entry form you’ll need to fill in by 5pm on Friday 22 November.

Meet the 2014 Connect10 artists – what could they do at your museum?

The artists taking part in the 2014 Connect10 competition have given us short statements about their approach to this project, intended as springboards that your organisation can use to devise event ideas.

Ready to submit your event idea? Fill in this simple form by 5pm on Friday 22 November.

This information is also available as a 7 page downloadable PDF here.

A man DJing

Fred Deakin DJing in Tokyo (c) Youki Mikami

Fred Deakin

As half of the band Lemon Jelly, Fred Deakin has been Mercury and Brit nominated, sold over half a million albums and headlined stages at almost every major UK music festival. In 1998 he co-founded the ground-breaking London design agency Airside, whose clients included Virgin Atlantic, the Beatles, the BBC and Greenpeace. It won and was nominated for two BAFTAs, a Webby and many other awards: after achieving all their ambitions the founders closed Airside on a high last year. Fred has been a tutor on Central Saint Martins’ MA Communication Design course since 1997. In the last year he has created interactive art for France’s national digital museum La Gaite Lyrique and released a solo album under the pseudonym Frank Eddie. 

Fred Deakin’s Connect10 idea:

I’d like to put on a day-glo game show party in the museum. I’ll divide the audience into teams (probably in advance – there will be a homework assignment) and then test their skills with a series of devious challenges based on the museum’s collection and all set to music. There can only be one winning team so competition will be fierce, with limited edition prizes for the victors and humiliation for the losers (not really.) And then we can all have a party to celebrate!

Two boys eagerly writing on a whiteboard by a caravan

Citizens contributing ideas for NowhereIsland (c) Max McClure

Alex Hartley

Alex Hartley is inspired by the built and natural environments, and works primarily with photography, often incorporating it into sculpture and installation. His work includes room-sized architectural installations and interventions, and large-scale colour photographs of remote wildernesses with invented low-relief architectural elements inserted into their surface. He is probably best known for his cultural Olympiad project Nowhereisland, which saw him float a newly-discovered island from the High Arctic region of Svalbard 2,500 miles to the south-west coast of England, where it became a visiting nation with its own embassy, amassing over 23,000 citizens and 2,700 propositions for its online constitution.

Alex Hartley’s Connect10 idea:

Nowhere Islandwhich to date has around 23,000 citizens and has toured most of the ports along the South Coast, relies entirely on the participation of the public. Alex is willing to get The Nowhere Island Embassy MOT’d and back on the road for a special Museums at Night experience if a museums came up with an interesting event proposal. With this as a base, Alex could explore the different threads (factual and fictional) that bind a community together.

Visitors could perhaps bring along items/objects to form the contents of a cabinet of curiosities with a local narrative that knits together these seemingly random objects. The form of this cabinet could echo the embassy truck – be built on a trailer, or be formed in a gallery setting with a structure built of random boxes, shelving units containing the objects and telling the story. Alex has been involved in many such collaborative projects/installations that have involved public voting, political/environmental activism, construction and planning applications.

Perhaps for one night only your museum could become a swimming pool, a skate park, an adult soft play space, a supermarket, a prison, a block of flats. Alex is very open to proposals and willing to travel anywhere in the British Isles. “I think that it could work well with a story teller. So whatever we make/do – for instance to make a cabinet of curiosities with objects people bring in – could then be structured into a narrative by a storyteller and performed with the object at the end of the visitor journey.”

A woman in white dancing in front of a painting

“Gotta Dance” (2010) – the public learnt a Gene Kelly tap dance routine led by Janette Parris. Image (c) Ed McCool

Janette Parris

With a focus on contemporary urban experience, Janette Parris’ work encompasses  narrative, humour and a range of popular formats from  soap opera, stand up and musical theatre, to live music, cartoons and drawing. Through this wide ranging framework of approaches she explores an assortment of themes including learning, perceptions of success and failure, aspiration and ambition. All of her work is suffused with narrative and humour, while the popular formats allow an immediate route into the fictional worlds she creates.

Re-contextualising familiar scenarios, Parris questions both what constitutes visual art practice and the role of the artist. With a focus on the ‘everyday’ and the common experience, her work often gives a humorous (or poignant) insight into the mundane nature of life.

Janette Parris’ Connect10 idea:

I would love to assemble a combination of actors, comedians, ventriloquists and puppets to replace or mix with the museum’s official tour guides a special evening of interactive story-telling. The tour guides would weave outrageously entertaining and largely fictional stories about the history of the objects on display, whatever they may be. These fascinating, anecdotal yarns will reflect the co-existence of the many versions of the ‘truth’ present in nearly every situation in life.  The aim is to encourage the wilful abandonment of objectivity and blow wide open the doors of imagination, creativity and fantasy.

As part of the visitor experience we could create and distribute a pamphlet presenting both the museum’s description of an object/artwork/artefact along with our own alternative version. And/or perhaps, for one night only, some artworks/artefacts in the collection could be replaced with extremely dodgy-looking copies. I am open to collaboration so proposals from museums are very welcome.

Detail from a colourful contemporary tapestry

Detail from The Annunciation of the Virgin Deal (2012) (c) Grayson Perry. Image courtesy the Artist and Victoria Miro, London

Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry, winner of the 2003 Turner Prize, uses the seductive qualities of ceramics and other art forms to make stealthy comments about societal injustices and hypocrisies, and to explore a variety of historical and contemporary themes. The beauty of his work is what draws us close. Covered with sgraffito drawings, handwritten and stencilled texts, photographic transfers and rich glazes, Perry’s detailed pots are deeply alluring. Only when we are up close do we start to absorb narratives that might allude to dark subjects such as environmental disaster or child abuse, and even then the narrative flow can be hard to discern.

Perry is a great chronicler of contemporary life, drawing us in with wit, affecting sentiment and nostalgia as well as fear and anger, and incorporating autobiographical references to his childhood, his family and his transvestite alter ego Claire.

Grayson Perry’s Connect10 idea:

For Museums at Night, Grayson Perry will lend himself to the winning organisation for them to do with him as they see fit. Whether that be dissecting a museum’s collection and discussing its merits, delving into its dusty stores and digging out a selection of rarely seen treasures for display (as he did at the British Museum’s ‘Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman’ exhibition which he curated in 2011/12) or generally larking about with the public under the direction of the institution, this is a rare opportunity to work with one of the UK’s best-loved artists. Grayson is very open to suggestions, ideas & proposals from venues, but if you want to be in with a shot of winning, think fun with a capital F.

Thursday 15 May 2014 ONLY. The winning museum with have Grayson at their disposal from approximately 12 noon – 9pm: do with him what you will!

Grayson Perry lives and works in London, so the time it takes him to get home from a venue will be one of the considerations he weighs up when deciding which ideas to go through to the competition stage.

A woman standing inside a digital artwork glowing in a dark room

1000 Hands (c) Universal Everything

Matt Pyke

Matt Pyke (b.1975) is a UK based media artist working in the Peak District National Park and London. He is the founder of the digital art / design studio, Universal Everything. With a background in botanical and technical illustration, then design and typography, he often works with collaborators including programmers, musicians and choreographers.

His work ranges from mobile software art to site-specific video installations, and explores the tension between abstract and figurative form and the synesthesia of sound and image, leading to expressive, vibrant digital artworks, embodied with emergent life and anthropomorphism. His approach is led by materials, painting and sculpting with new technologies and formats including 3D printing, touch screens, motion capture and large format video, and uses sound in his work to stimulate visual reactions and amplify emotions.

Matt Pyke’s Connect10 idea:

Universal Everything interactive digital installation.

A video of a giant sculptural form is projected onto a gallery wall.
A microphone hangs in front of the projection.
Visitors speak/shout/sing/whisper into the microphone.
Their voices affect the video sculpture, causing it to transform, recolour and react.
Each visitor interaction gives a new appearance to the sculpture, ready for the next manipulation.

The stronger your input, the greater your reward.

For this installation, Matt will need to hire an HD projector and a microphone.

a black and white photo of a man winking

Self-portrait (c) Rankin Photography Ltd


Although Rankin’s lens has scrutinised a cast ranging from Tony Blair and Kate Moss to David Bowie, the Queen and singer Robyn (he is also a talented videographer, most recently with Cheryl Cole), the Glasgow-born photographer’s portraits all reveal a striking realism, whether or not his sitters are well-known. In 2009 he produced a striking series of shots of 1,000 gallery visitors which became an evolving part of the exhibition. Rankin has been involved in a number of charitable projects, confronting preconceptions: his photos for Nike were part of a global campaign raising awareness about HIV/AIDS, and his most recent major exhibition portrayed people with terminal illnesses.

Rankin is a truly versatile photographer with an innate ability to make visitors feel relaxed. His Connect10 appearance is certain to be as fun as the results will be revealing.

Rankin’s Connect10 idea:

In 2009 Rankin undertook the biggest project of his career. Rankin Live was a mammoth, interactive spectacle in which Rankin photographed ordinary people off the street, one every 15 minutes – retouching, printing and hanging the image within half an hour of the shutter being fired. In seven weeks Rankin managed to shoot over 1,600 Londoners.

Museums at Night is a golden opportunity for Rankin to further explore his unique interactive approach to photography and he is open to proposals.

A girl falling backwards onto crashmats

Invitation to Fall (c) Amy Sharrocks

Amy Sharrocks

Amy Sharrocks is a live artist, sculptor and film-maker, and winner of the inaugural Sculpture Shock award from the Royal British Society of Sculptors. She invites people to come on journeys with a sense of humour, joy and risk, which create a bond and an outcome that is rich and unpredictable.

For many years Amy has been investigating our connection to water. On 12 July 2007 she made SWIM, where 50 people swam across London via 15 lakes, lidos and pools, from Tooting Bec Lido to Hampstead Heath Ponds. She has floated her boat on swimming pools up and down the country and is currently gathering donations for Museum of Water: a large public collection of water that people want to preserve, in the container of their choice. Amy continues to make many walking, stumbling works across Europe, for many people or for one. She is currently encouraging people to sign up for Swim the Thames, a mass swim across The River Thames underneath Tower Bridge. She also spends a lot of time thinking about falling, looking at how we try to stay upright; how the world falls and how we fall with it.

Amy Sharrocks’ Connect10 idea:

I loved making a lot of ‘falling’ work this year, and I’m continuing to investigate the act of falling: stumbling, tripping, crashing, toppling over like lemmings. People are so determined to stay upright, so keen to be surefooted. I am very interested in why people link falling to failing, why we are so embarrassed to be down, when others are up. Where is the shame? I wonder at the complicity of an act of witness. I would like to un-shame our falls, to admit a lure of falling, inviting the risk in, approaching a moment of crisis, together.

A gallery or a museum could be a wonderful place to stage a large scale falling work – perhaps lit up in some way or in full view of the public – the aim is to create an environment in which to explore the exhilarating act of falling without any shame.

I wonder at gravity, which both anchors us, and presses us down. I wonder at the delicacy of each moment.  The shifting, fluid possibilities of each minute. I like looking at the world. I work with a lot of things from the natural world: seeds, trees, air, water, birds’ nests…  I think I know a thing, and then I know it differently every time. I enjoy (a little bit of) risk.

A group of people putting type together for a letterpress printer

Using the letterpress (c) Mr Smith’s Letter Press Workshop

Mr Smith’s Letterpress Workshop

Mr Smith’s Letterpress Workshop is the brainchild of Kelvyn Laurence Smith. Chiefly concerned with all things typographic and with quality workmanship, his focus is on creating beautifully crafted contemporary printed matter using traditional wood and metal type. From limited edition artworks to a range of commercial commissions for British Airways, Marks & Spencer and Pret a Manger, Mr Smith’s Letterpress Workshop was set up following a career teaching graphic design & typography at art schools across the land including Middlesex, Brighton, Westminster and Northumbria.

Mr Smith’s Connect10 idea:

For this interactive Museums at Night extravaganza Mr Smith will be taking his extraordinary Letterpress Workshop on the road. Under his direction and with the support of his team of assistants the public would be invited to create a typographic archive, the content of which is defined by the venue, its visitors and its collection.  The process of creating the content, thinking of the word(s), setting the type, choosing the colour & paper, inking up the type & printing the final work by hand defines what will be an extraordinary visitor experience.

In preparation for the workshop and to ensure that the finished archive is correctly stored and kept, Mr Smith would propose collaborating with a worker in wood to create a physical archive for the project to be left with the winning museum.  This could be a cabinet, a series of shelves or a display case, and would be discussed with the museum and other makers as part of the collaborative phase of the project.  This could be assembled on site over the course of the evening, allowing people to witness and participate in the construction of the archive as part of the evenings’ experience.

To make this interactive workshop all the more atmospheric Mr Smith could execute this by candlelight and without the aid of modern technology – perhaps even with no power – just (wo)man, machine, conversation, printmaking & language.

A group of nude bodies lying in an urban landscape

Installation (c) Spencer Tunick

Spencer Tunick

Spencer Tunick stages scenes in which the battle of nature against culture is played out against various backdrops, from civic center to desert sandstorm, man and woman are returned to a preindustrial, pre-everything state of existence.  Tunick has traveled the globe to create these still and video images of multiple nude figures in public settings. Organizing groups from a handful of participants to tens of thousands, all volunteers, is often logistically daunting; the subsequent images transcend ordinary categories and meld sculpture and performance in a new genre.

Given the constant threat of arrest (which has happened several times in his career) Spencer has not undertaken a group installation on the streets of New York in over ten years. In order to make his work without the threat of incarceration, the artist decide to take his work abroad – his most notable installations have been commissioned by Art Basel, Switzerland (1999), Institut Cultura, Barcelona (2003), XXV Biennial de Sao Paulo, Brazil (2002), The Saatchi Gallery in London (2003), MOCA Cleveland (2004) and Vienna Kunsthalle (2008).

Spencer Tunick’s Connect10 idea:

Given the fact that Spencer’s large scale nude installations generally require big budgets and an enormous time investment, this Museums at Night event will involve a more intimate look at his practice. Spencer’s work with ‘scopes’ (individual miniature viewfinders, like the ones he’s is holding in his self-portrait photograph) allows him a more private way of portraying his nude subjects. Just as Andy Warhol used to Polaroid cameras to capture his subjects in intimate small spontaneous portraits, Spencer intends to achieve the same thing. The act of carrying around a private portrait that can only be viewed through a small lens is reminiscent of the way we all use our iPhones to take 21st century Polaroids.

Using this technique, Spencer is proposing a mass performative portrait shoot, either somewhere in Greater London, or at a coastal venue with access to a beach, within 2 hours drive of London. The exact location will only be made available to participants.

This is not a group work, but a series of quickly taken individual portraits. Spencer is looking for 100-250 volunteers to participate in this unique piece of performance art (an even split of men and women) – the application process will be explained once the winning venue is announced. Once all subjects have been photographed, each image will be inserted into its own individual keychain scope and given to each participant as a gift during a special artist-led event at the venue later that evening.

Because Spencer is based in the US and therefore unable to scout locations himself, this process itself will form the basis of the venues’ proposals. We invite London venues and coastal venues in Suffolk, Essex, Kent, Hampshire and East or West Sussex to suggest a location for this work.

Locations need to be: within 200 metres of the venue, visually interesting, preferably off the beaten track, preferably outside, probably quirky, possibly not and perhaps where there’s little or no regular traffic. Each venue may submit a maximum of 4 proposed locations – one good quality JPG photograph of the location and a brief description (25 words each max.) required.

This performance will take place during the day on Saturday 17 May. Later that evening Spencer would like to host a special event at the winning venue for all the participants. It’s during this event that the finished artworks will be presented to each participant. The only aim of the evening is for each person to walk away with a genuine Spencer Tunick artwork in their hands. But will they want their own image in the viewfinder or that of a nude stranger? Just one question this event can explore. It would also be interesting to find a way of displaying the complete collection of images taken earlier that day so participants get a sense of the project as a whole. The detail of this finale event is also open to proposals.

Saturday 17 May ONLY, within Greater London or South East coastal venues only.

Up to £1,000 of the venue’s £2,000 prize money is earmarked to pay for the scope viewfinders that Spencer will use for the event.

A group of people on a staircase dressed up as modern artists

Modern Art Stars (c) Lindi Tristram

Jessica Voorsanger

An American artist living in London, Jessica Voorsanger was recently an Artist-in-Residence at The Hayward Gallery where she created a dance performance based on the films West Side Story and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Her work explores popular culture through the concept and ideology of ‘celebrity’ – through obsession, fans and media representation. In Voorsanger’s interactive installations, the audience are invited to dress up and perform as celebrities, television characters or artists, with costumes, wigs, accessories, environments and props available for people to wear and something for them to do such as karaoke. She is inspired by books, film, music, television, fantasy and time travel and sweets – both their contents and packaging.

Jessica Voorsanger’s Connect10 idea:

For her Museums at Night event, Jessica Voorsanger could potentially reprise the Modern Art Stars (several people making portraits of the audience in the style of well-known artists) or Fan-a-Gram performances. Alternatively, she could create an interactive installation which could include some form of audience participation, possibly with karaoke and costumes.

Download all of this information as a 7 page PDF.

Ready to submit your event idea? Fill in this simple form by 5pm on Friday 22 November.

How to work together and form a Museums at Night cluster

As part of our Museums at Night briefing sessions, which Nick and I held in London, Birmingham and Bradford (and will also be bringing to Wrexham and Cardiff next week), we invited experts who had run Museums at Night clusters to share their experiences and recommendations.

A family group writing at a table, guided by an explorer

Egyptian Explorers at Blackburn Museum, part of the Pennine Lancashire cluster of Museums at Night activity (c) Bob Singleton, Pixel

Heritage and Audience Development Consultant Laura Crossley shared her recommendations for getting local heritage organisations to work together to plan and market a joint programme of Museums at Night events, using three contrasting case studies from the Norfolk area.

Why does Laura value clusters so much? In her own words,

Clusters are a fantastic way to:

  • Create something that’s more than the sum of its parts. Even very small events become something big when combined with other events and marketed as a complete visitor offer.
  • Attract lots of visitors. People are much more likely to come out if they can attend more than one event in an evening.
  • Get great media coverage.
  • Garner local long-term support by bringing new visitors to your venue who’ll want to come back again and again.
  • Improve partnership working between venues in the same location.

Sounds too good to be true? Here’s the evidence… I managed the Victorian Nights Festival, which saw 12 Museums at Night events across 9 venues in North Norfolk in 2012.

  • 3,252 people attended the festival.
  • 60% of visitors were first time visitors to venues. 
  • 91% of visitors said they would definitely return to participating venues in the future.
  • £50,000 was spent in the local economy over the festival weekend.
  • 32 print and web articles with an AVE of £28,651 were produced about the festival.
  • 138 volunteers supported the festival.

Read more of Laura’s key recommendations for organising a cluster over on her blog.

Lindsey Braidley, Learning & Programmes Co-ordinator for Heritage Services at Bath & North East Somerset Council spoke at Culture24’s Museums at Night briefing session in Birmingham.

Using these slides, Lindsey shared how the Bath cluster of Museums at Night festival activity grew to encompass more venues and different themes over the last few years, and how they’ve overcome funding challenges and collaborated with different local initiatives to keep their activities fresh and interesting.

Her top tips include involving local tourism organisations in planning and promoting your joint offer, and (if you’re organising a succession of events on the same evening) attracting a large group of people to your first event by making it a dinner or a food-related experience, before setting them off across town to explore your other events.

Elaine Lees from Creativity Works in Pennine Lancashire explained how she successfully bid for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to create a new Museums at Night cluster of activity in her area, the Festival of Wonders. She covered how she got multiple museums and libraries on board, how they promoted their events, the challenges that they overcame and their plans for the future.

Christina Grogan from Open Culture in Liverpool shared the story of the phenomenal success of Liverpool’s Museums at Night strand of programming, Light Night. She suggested tips on bringing together a range of partner organisations, joint marketing and promotion, and the value of bringing the city centre to life with animation, performances, and hundreds of late openings and special events.

If you’re interested in forming a cluster to work together on planning and promoting Museums at Night events in your area, do get in touch with us: we’re happy to help in talking through plans, and can connect you with people who have made clusters work successfully before.

Team Museums at Night meet Neil Gaiman

We love working in partnership with all kinds of organisations to help make the Museums at Night festival a success, and for the last few years we’ve collaborated with the Reading Agency to connect authors with arts and heritage venues for exciting after-hours events.

Nick and I were delighted to be invited along to their annual lecture at the Barbican this week, given by one of my favourite authors, Neil Gaiman. He gave a compelling description of the value of libraries, with examples from his own life, and the importance of reading – you can read the full text of his lecture here.

A very excited lady meets a suave chap

Meeting author, book-lover and all round hero Neil Gaiman

It was amazing to meet the man himself afterwards – and also to talk to all kinds of authors, publishers and librarians, and to hear about the diverse types of events that libraries run all year round.

two handsome men with a book

In a blur of excitement, Neil Gaiman signs a book for Nick Stockman

Thanks to the Reading Agency for inviting us along: we’re looking forward to working together on even more exciting collaborations for Museums at Night 2014!

Calling Welsh venues: free Museums at Night briefings in Cardiff and Wrexham

A man and woman smiling in a garden

Museums at Night project manager Nick Stockman gets a tour of Birmingham venue, Winterbourne House & Gardens

Following the success of our free briefing sessions in London, Birmingham and Bradford, where Nick and I discussed taking part in the Museums at Night festival and entering the Connect10 competition with lots of museums, we’re delighted to announce that we’re coming to Wales!

Working together with the Audience Development Team at All Wales Libraries, Archives & Museums (Llyfrgelloedd, Archifau ac Amgueddfeydd – Cymru Gyfan), we’ll be delivering two further briefing sessions in North and South Wales later this month.

These free morning sessions are open to staff at all Welsh museums, galleries, libraries, archives, historic buildings, heritage and sacred sites and cultural institutions.

Interested in taking part in Culture24’s Museums at Night festival and/or entering the Connect10 competition next year? Then come along to one of our free, friendly and focused sessions:

Wednesday 23rd October, Wrexham Museum & Archives, 10am-1.30pm

Thursday 24th October, The Cardiff Story, 10am-1.30pm

Museums at Night is the annual after-hours festival showcasing the arts and heritage sector, which each year offers a great audience development opportunity. Connect10 is the competition that gives ten venues the chance to win an artist-led event and £2,000 as part of the festival.

Find out about the benefits and challenges involved in hosting an after-hours event, the advantages in working together with other venues and what it takes to be a Connect10 winner.

Learn how to organise a group of venues to take part in the festival, and what it’s like to host a top artist from the people who have done it before!

There will be plenty of opportunities to meet and chat with colleagues from your region, and refreshments and a complimentary lunch will be included on both days.

To claim your free place on one of these workshops, simply sign up below.

Wrexham briefing, Wednesday 23 October –

Cardiff briefing, Thursday 24 October –

We look forward to meeting you!

Sesiynau gwybodaeth Amgueddfeydd yn y Nos – agored i staff holl amgueddfeydd, orielau, llyfrgelloedd, archifau, adeiladau hanesyddol, safleoedd treftadaeth a sanctaidd a sefydliadau diwylliannol yng Nghymru!

Oes gennych chi ddiddordeb mewn cymryd rhan yng ngŵyl Amgueddfeydd yn y Nos, Culture24 ac/neu roi cynnig ar gystadleuaeth Connect10 y flwyddyn nesaf? Dewch draw i un o ddwy sesiwn gyfeillgar a phenodol yng Ngogledd a De Cymru ym mis Hydref 2013.

Gŵyl flynyddol y tu allan i’r oriau arferol, yw Amgueddfeydd yn y Nos. Mae’n arddangos yr adran gelf a threftadaeth sy’n cynnig cyfle gwych i ddatblygu cynulleidfa bob blwyddyn. Connect10 yw’r gystadleuaeth sy’n rhoi cyfle i ddeg lleoliad ennill digwyddiad dan arweiniad artist a £2,000 fel rhan o’r ŵyl.

Dewch i ddarganfod mwy am y manteision a’r sialensiau sy’n rhan o gynnal digwyddiad y tu allan i oriau gwaith, manteision cydweithio gyda lleoliadau eraill a beth mae’n ei olygu i fod yn enillydd Connect10!

Cewch ddysgu sut i drefnu bod grŵp o leoliadau yn cymryd rhan yn yr ŵyl a sut brofiad yw croesawu artist amlwg gan y rhai sydd wedi gwneud hynny o’r blaen! Bydd digon o gyfle hefyd i gyfarfod a sgwrsio gyda chydweithwyr o’ch ardal chi.

Darperir lluniaeth a chinio bwffe am ddim.