Become a Panel or Committee Member, Arts Council

Posted on: 30 March 2021

What are the Panels and Committee?

Making sure that our public collections – held in organisations of many types and sizes across the nation – are developed, cared for and celebrated so they can be enjoyed by as many people as possible, is hugely important.

The Arts Council supports collections and opportunities to engage with them in a number of ways, some of the most important being through the Acceptance in Lieu Panel, the Designation Panel and the Accreditation Committee.1

The Acceptance in Lieu Panel makes recommendations on items offered through the Acceptance in Lieu scheme, and the more recently introduced Cultural Gifts Scheme. In the last five years, over £200 million worth of significant cultural property has entered public ownership for everyone to enjoy, through these schemes.

The Designation Panel identifies outstanding collections around the country, assessing and making decisions on applications to the Designation Scheme, a mark of distinction that helps raise the profile of these vital collections and encourages people to safeguard them.

The Accreditation Committee oversee the Accreditation scheme, the UK industry standard for museums and galleries.2 The scheme helps everyone involved in running a museum by providing a framework and standard to guide their approach on how the organisation is run; how collections are managed and how the museum engages with its communities.

Appointed members serve for up to three years, with the possibility of reappointment. These are voluntary roles, with UK expenses reimbursed for travel, accommodation and subsistence incurred while on Arts Council business and according to the Arts Council’s expenses policy. We are delighted you are considering applying applying to be a Panel or Committee member, and hope, that the following information helps you understand the schemes and what the roles involve.

For more information and to apply, follow this link: Recruitment Pack – Acceptance in Lieu Panel, Designation Panel and Accreditation Committee


1 The Arts Council also work with the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest, which advises the Secretary
of State for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) whether a cultural object intended for export is a national treasure, helping to
keep these items in the UK for the benefit of the public. Recruitment for the Reviewing Committee is managed by DCMS.
2 The Accreditation Scheme is managed as a UK Partnership between Arts Council England, the Welsh Government, Museums Galleries Scotland and
Northern Ireland Museums Council.

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