Meeting Point Project Launch

Posted on: 1 December 2019


Meeting Point is a facilitated, 2-year project to help guide museums or heritage sites through the process of commissioning and working with a contemporary artist to develop a significant project or event.

Five successful applicants from the Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, will be selected to take part in a fully-funded programme of lively and informed workshops. The programme includes visits to artists’ studios, meeting with art curators and learning from peers who have been part of previous programmes.

Participants receive and manage an £11,000 commissioning budget, with PR and marketing support supplied by Arts&Heritage. They will also receive £500 for bespoke marketing and £500 for bespoke engagement activity to promote and raise the profile of their projects.

A filmmaker and photographer are on hand to document each commission.

Who should attend/can apply?

Museums or heritage sites who may not have commissioned an artist before and have the capacity and enthusiasm to be part of the programme . We are also interested in museums that have the potential to deliver a legacy for the project. You do not need to be an Accredited museum to apply for this opportunity.

Demonstrable commitment to Meeting Point and evidence of senior management buy-in is a must. Preference will be given to small and medium sized museums and non-NPOs, but the final selection will be balanced to ensure a spread of geographical locations and a diversity of approaches.

This is a competitive programme that is stimulating, enjoyable and results in a unique work that responds directly to your collection, narrative or location.

How to apply/find out more

Staff, volunteers and Trustees from museums and heritage sites in Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire are invited to find out more about the project, and how to apply by attending our launch event.

Monday 20 January 2020, 12:30 – 16:00

God’s House Tower

Town Quay Road, Southampton, SO14 2NY

Please book your place in advance as space is limited. Book your place.

NOTE: God’s House Tower is a Grade I-listed building and has restricted accessibility in certain areas of the building.  Please let us know of any mobility needs you may have in advance.

Application deadline

Museums and heritage organisations can submit their applications from Tuesday 21 January until Friday 28 February 2020. Information about how and where to send your application will be posted in January on the South East Museum Development (SEMD) website

Important Dates

  • Monday 20th January, 10am to 12pm

Launch event for artists to find out more about Meeting Point and how to apply.   God’s House Tower, Southampton.

Monday 20th January, 12.30 to 4pm

Launch event for museums to find out more about Meeting Point and how to apply.   God’s House Tower, Southampton. Book your place.

  • Tuesday 21st January to Friday 28th February 2020

Meeting Point applications accepted from museums and heritage sites.

  • March 2020

Shortlisting and site visits to applicant museums.

  • April 2020

Successful applicants announced.

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