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SCAN awarded funding to bring fresh perspectives to Scotland’s museums and galleries through contemporary visual art

Scottish Contemporary Art Network (SCAN), the member-led body for contemporary art in Scotland, will launch the next phase of its successful Curatorial Leadership in Collections (CLiC) programme 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.

CLiC participants at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, the Netherlands (photo: Marcel de Buck)

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.

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.’

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