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Curatorial Leadership in Collections

SCAN will launch the next phase of its successful Curatorial Leadership in Collections (CLiC) programme in spring 2020 thanks to support from Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS), Art Fund and Creative Scotland.

SCAN’s CLiC programme was one of nine projects to be awarded funding from MGS, the national development body for museums, aimed at developing important collections for the next generation. The programme is also supported by Art Fund, the leading charity which supports the vital work of museums and galleries across the UK, and Creative Scotland. Art Fund’s Curatorial Network Grants help groups who are sharing expertise across the museum sector, for the benefit of collections and audiences.

The support will enable an exciting new programme of activity for CLiC, a network of curators from up to 10 contemporary art collections in museums and galleries around Scotland. The CLiC Connect and Activate Programme for 2020/21 has a particular focus on exploring how contemporary artists can work with museum collections to develop fresh perspectives and nurture diverse audiences.

During the first phase of the programme, in 2017/18, CLiC’s museum partners brought in over £300,000 of new charitable funding for contemporary art in their own museums. One participant, Glasgow Women’s Library, was nominated for the prestigious Art Fund Museum of the Year award. You can find out more about CLiC through our CLiC film here.

Clare Harris, SCAN Director said: ‘We’re excited to work with Scotland’s amazing museums and galleries on the next phase of CLiC. As part of the fabric of our diverse and multi-faceted society, contemporary visual art can feed long-term change and open up new ways of seeing the world. CLiC’s Connect and Activate programme will explore how working with contemporary artists can help unlock the potential in partner museums across Scotland to help transform the stories they tell.’
The group will share best practice, develop toolkits and case studies and visit museums in Scotland and beyond to look at how they can work with contemporary artists in their own collections and communities.

Lucy Casot, CEO of Museums and Galleries Scotland said: ‘We are delighted to support museums and galleries in Scotland to continue their ambitious approach to making the fascinating collections in their care accessible to everyone. The nine funded projects are looking to the future to create museums that are relevant and responsive to their community and visitors.’

Amanda Catto, Head of Visual Arts at Creative Scotland said: ‘Scotland is home to a remarkable number of collections of national and international significance.  We believe it is vital for these collections to develop so that they can continue to be enjoyed by future generations of audiences, from across Scotland and further afield. The CLiC initiative will bring artists and curators together to generate new and more diverse perspectives on our collections, and to ensure they reflect and respond to the dynamics of our times. We’re delighted to be a partner in the programme and to support the curatorial ambition, leadership and connections that it will build within the sector and beyond.’

Current Museum Partners
The eight museum partners are:

Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow
Katie Bruce, Producer/ Curator

Glasgow Women’s Library
Adele Patrick, Lifelong Learning and Creative Development Manager

Hunterian Art Gallery
Dominic Paterson, Lecturer in History of Art, Curator of Contemporary Art

The McManus
Anna Robertson, Fine and Applied Art Team Leader

Paisley Museum and Art Galleries
Andrea Kusel, Curator of Art

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Lucy Askew, Chief Curator SNGMA

University of Edinburgh
Neil Lebeter, Art Collections Curator/ Deputy Head of Museums

The CLiC programme is delivered by the Scottish Contemporary Art Network (SCAN), and supported by Museums Galleries Scotland, Art Fund and Creative Scotland.

Curatorial Leadership in Collections museum partners

Curatorial Leadership in Collections museum partners