Currently in development, Going Places will establish five networks of small to mid-sized museums, with each network producing two touring exhibitions over five years (2025-2030).
Local communities will be involved in shaping exhibition themes and outreach programming, and will bring their voices and stories to each display.
Going Places builds on the recommendations of the research report Going Places: Touring and shared exhibitions in the UK, commissioned by Art Fund and Creative Scotland.
During an initial research and development phase partners will:
gain a better understanding of their current and future audiences
build skills and confidence in collaborating with local communities
participate in training, skills development and mentoring opportunities
understand touring practicalities and best practice, particularly in relation to environmentally responsible approaches to exhibition making
be supported to build networks and relationships with organisations across the UK to research and develop new and innovative displays and outreach activities
We are currently seeking applications from individual museums or networks (which include two or more museums) to participate in the development phase, ahead of Art Fund making an application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for the delivery phase in late 2024.
Collaboration and network-building events are taking place in September and October 2023, and we recommend that all applicants attend if possible. Travel bursaries are available to support attendance at in person events.
The development of Going Places is made possible with support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Who can apply
How to apply
Read the guidance
Download the Guidance for applicants which explains our criteria, helps you apply and gives you guidance on filling out the application form. The Guidance for applicants is available in Welsh here.
Join a collaboration and network-building event
We recommend that all applicants attend an event if possible.
Thursday 21 September, 10.30 – 16.45, Amgueddfa Ceredigion Museum, Aberystwyth, Wales (a bilingual event – we welcome participation in Welsh). Book here.
Wednesday 27 September, 10.30 – 16.45, Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum, Lisburn, Northern Ireland. Book here.
Wednesday 11 October, 10.00 – 14.15, online. Book here.
Thursday 26 October, 10.00 – 14.15, online (a bilingual event – we welcome participation in Welsh). Book here.
Submit your application
Applications must be submitted via the online portal, which will go live shortly. In the meantime, you can begin working on your application by downloading the questions here: Individual application or Network application.
This will allow you to work on your application offline and will enable your responses to be created in collaboration with colleagues across your institution ahead of applying online.
Log in to your My Art Fund account, or create an account, for application forms and to apply. You must be registered as a professional user. If you already have a My Art Fund account, but are not registered as a professional user, you can add your professional details when logged in.
After you've applied
Acknowledgement of application
All applications will be assessed by a committee convened by Art Fund, and applicants will be advised of the outcome in December 2023.