The John Hansard Galleryhas joined a European Archive Partnership involved in a major research project to develop a database for contemporary art archives. The project, known as Vektor, is part of the Gallery?s plan to develop a major research centre that will eventually be housed in a new £5m Hansard building in the centre of Southampton.
The ADAPT Trust is inviting applications for its 2001 awards for venues demonstrating excellence in access facilities for disabled people in cinemas, concert halls, heritage venues, libraries, museums, galleries and theatres. Application guidelines available at w: http://www.adapttrust.co.uk or e: firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for applications is July 31.
The National Art Collections Fund has published details of a record-breaking year. In 2000, £4.4m was offered towards the purchase of works of art of all kinds, helping acquire works with a total cost of £13.2m. Income from legacies rose from £2m in 1999 to a record £6.1m, thanks to the charity?s largest-ever legacy ? a portfolio of shares and property worth over £5m left by a life member. w: http://www.art-fund.org
A 15 metre long interactive LED text display fixed to the outside of The Media Centre in Huddersfield was launched on June 22, and is running 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Known as ?Speakers Corner?, the display will provide information, news, and entertainment to people using The Media Centre and the local area. Users can interact with content on the screen by sending a text message, by using the phone booth outside The Media Centre which converts speech into text, or from the web w: http://www.speakerscorner.org.uk
West Midlands Arts is inviting applications for funding from its Youth Arts Fund. The Fund particularly aims to support young people aged 12-24 who have few opportunities to get involved in the arts or to enable groups to explore new areas of arts work. The deadline for applications is September 3.
Sheffield First for Investment, the inward investment agency for the City of Sheffield, is to sponsor this summer?s blockbuster exhibition, Francis Bacon, at the Millennium Galleries in the city. The new show, created by Tate and Sheffield Galleries & Museums Trust, is the second exhibition to come to Sheffield as part of the Tate Partnership Scheme.
A regional partnership initiative between Yorkshire Arts and the Regional Youth Work Unit is to link up organisations already involved in Youth Work with artists and arts organisations. Newly created Youth Arts Network ? Yorkshire (YAN-Y) is offering wide-ranging opportunities for young people to become involved in arts and community projects, and will run a series of events throughout the year. Arts and youth organisations interested in being part of the Yorkshire network should contact Anni Raw t: 0113 270 3595.
Dance UK is holding an open debate to examine proposals for the restructuring of the funding system, specifically opportunities and issues relating to dance. The debate, to be held in London on July 12, is free of charge, but to encourage frank and open discussion, those working in the funding system are not invited. To book a place, contact Fiona Mills, t: 020 7228 4990.
The Communications Department at Tate Modern has been awarded an Excellence Award in the not-for-profit category by the Institute of Public Relations. The award recognised Tate? s achievements in establishing the museum?s reputation as a leading international museum of modern art and its role in the regeneration of Southwark.
The latest release of the small business accounts software, MYOB Accounting version 10, has won a ?Recommended? award in the latest issue of PC Pro magazine. The system provides over 100 ready-made accounts templates, which can be used in their standardised form, or modified to meet the user?s specific requirements. A free Test Drive is available t: 01344 397222, w: http://www.myob.co.uk/getmyob
A new scheme offering awards of up to £50,000 to fund innovative research projects has been launched by the Arts and Humanities Research Board. The Innovation Awards Scheme will support research which leads to significant breakthroughs in knowledge or understanding, by challenging or radically extending existing models, perceptions or research methods. The closing date for applications is August 31. For full details, see the AHRB website w: http://www.ahrb.ac.uk