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Museums at Night 18, 19 & 20 May 2012
Two children standing on a pavement by the seaside eating melting ice-creams

Connect10 new national competition to win an artist-led event
Culture24 is delighted to introduce Connect10 as part of Museums at Night 2012. Connect10 is a new national competition for venues to win an artist-led evening event and £500 towards the costs. One of ten exciting contemporary artists could be on the way to your venue on the weekend of 18th – 20th May 2012.
Photographers Martin Parr and Terry O'Neill, and Jellymongers Bompas & Parr join Connect10
The first artists to confirm their participation in the competition are iconic photographers Martin Parr and Terry O'Neill, together with the jelly sculptors Bompas & Parr. We'll confirm the full list of artists taking part by Christmas, and venues can start submitting their event ideas first thing in the New Year.

How does it work?
You devise an event idea or theme that you think would demonstrate a strong connection between one of the artists taking part and your venue, and submit the event plan to us at Culture24. We'll choose the best ideas so that each artist will end up with either two or three venues vying for them. We'll then let the public decide which artist goes where.
Once public voting begins, your venue will need to use every communication method available to get as many people as possible to vote for your venue/event/artist combination. The idea with the most votes wins that artist-led event and prize money! 

The prizes
Every one of the venues taking part in the public vote will receive a bursary towards the running costs of their Connect10 Museums at Night event. The venues which win will receive £500 towards the cost of holding their event. Even the venues that don’t win the public vote will get £100 to support them in staging an alternative Museums at Night event.

Read the essential information for venues about Connect10, and the Connect10 competition information. Check out the Culture24 website for more artist announcements over the coming weeks and start thinking about which artist you would like at your venue. 

Arts Council England funds Museums at Night 2012

We’re delighted to confirm that the Arts Council will be funding this year's Museums at Night festival, which will take place over the weekend of Friday 18 – Sunday 20 May.
Heritage Lottery Fund supports new event clusters
We also received confirmation that the Heritage Lottery Fund will be funding 2 new clusters of Museums at Night events: one will take place across 9 venues in North Norfolk, while the other will involve 31 venues in North Lincolnshire. We’re very excited to be working with these groups of venues, and will bring you regular updates about how their work progresses. 

Image credits: Top left: England. New Brighton. From 'The Last Resort'. 1983-1985. (c) Martin Parr / Magnum Photos.
Top right: Discovering Eastbourne's Redoubt Fortress at night. Image courtesy Nick Stockman.
A boy using a lantern to look at a museum display

First Museums at Night 2012 events

Falklands Weekend with flight simulators, historic aircraft and reenactments at the Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare

1920s silent film night at the 17th century timber-framed Bishop's House in Sheffield 
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The Festival of Museums grants scheme can help fund Museums at Night events in Scottish museums and galleries

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Marketing coordinator Rosie shared her expert tips on how arts organisations can use social media in this Guardian Culture Professionals livechat

BBC roadshows

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Useful contact

Rosie Clarke is Culture24's coordinator for Museums at Night.

Tel: 01273 623336

Museums at Night is a national campaign led by Culture24, showcasing the UK's vibrant museums, galleries, heritage sites, libraries and archives. It is funded by Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and is associated with the European event, La Nuit des Musées.
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