The RCP Museum has been awarded £8,770 from the Art Fund’s Reimagine grants to support the museum’s public engagement work during 2022.
The RCP Museum’s project ‘Hybrid events for a sustainable digital future’ will run with support from Art Fund and will build on the successful digital programme run in 2020-21, which attracted new, international public and medical audiences to the museum’s events. The RCP Museum will capitalise on this increased reach by embedding digital and hybrid events into the 2022 public programme, running a range of in-person events that will also have an interactive digital aspect – including digital attendees in events in the same ways as in-person attendees, rather than those elsewhere being limited to watching via live-stream.
The events planned include drawing workshops, talks and a performance; they aim to increase the accessibility of the events, increase geographical reach, and attract new audiences to be engaged with and inspired by the history of medicine and of physicians, and with the RCP’s work today.
The RCP’s Museum team with the support of their audio-visual team will trial different approaches to running hybrid events for public educational and cultural audiences. This will allow them to run a more ambitious programme than would be possible without the support of the Art Fund, while also enabling them to assess and identify the most sustainable method of providing hybrid public engagement activities in the future.
This grant sees the museum being awarded funds from a highly sought-after pot of money that Art Fund have made available with the aim to ‘inspire creativity and increase stability’ in the heritage sector.
More about Art Fund:
Art Fund is the national fundraising charity for art. It provides millions of pounds every year to help museums to acquire and share works of art across the UK, further the professional development of their curators, and inspire more people to visit and enjoy their public programmes. In response to Covid-19 Art Fund made £3.6 million in urgent funding available to support museums through reopening and beyond, including Respond and Reimagine grants to help meet immediate need and reimagine future ways of working. A further £2 million has been made available in 2021 for Reimagine projects. Art Fund is independently funded, supported by the 130,000 members who buy the National Art Pass, who enjoy free entry to over 240 museums, galleries and historic places, 50% off major exhibitions, and receive Art Quarterly magazine. Art Fund also supports museums through its annual prize, Art Fund Museum of the Year. The winner of Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021 is Firstsite in Colchester.