Transitional Funding will enable Museums Sheffield to deliver an exhibition of Andy Warhol self-portraits at the Graves Gallery, a new family exhibition from the V&A, Magic Worlds at Weston Park, and a show by the Sheffield-based contemporary artist Paul Morrison at theMillennium Gallery.
Following its unsuccessful Renaissance Major partner funding bid, Museums Sheffield is currently undertaking a restructure to downsize the organisation in line with assured sources of future income. Around 21 posts marked for redundancy will come to an end by 31 March 2012. Overall, Transitional Funding will allow 23 further redundancies to be temporarily pushed back into the late summer, as well as the continuation of the Fundraising post for another 12 months. This will allow the organisation to preserve some further aspects of public service over the next few months and to retain the staff expertise needed to prepare the best possible bid for Renaissance Strategic support funding.
While Renaissance Strategic support funding is expected to become available later this year, negotiations with the Arts Council continue to determine the level of funding Museums Sheffield will be able to apply for, when applications will be accepted and what criteria these bids must meet.
Nick Dodd, Chief Executive of Museums Sheffield, said:
‘Over the last month, the people of Sheffield have clearly demonstrated how much culture in the city means to them. Sheffield deserves vibrant and engaging museums and galleries and we are pleased that the Arts Council has agreed the Transitional Funding necessary to deliver our exhibition programme over the summer period and temporarily extend a number of staff posts. It is with great sadness that we lose so many colleagues who have made such a huge contribution to the cultural life of the city, but we will work with our partners to explore a sustainable programme for exhibitions and activity going forward.’
Councillor Helen Mirfin-Boukouris, Sheffield City Council's Cabinet Member for Business, Growth and Jobs, said:
‘The announcement of the transitional funding is welcome news for Museums Sheffield and the city. Whilst I am obviously still disappointed that Sheffield's bid for Renaissance Major partner funding was turned down, this announcement is a step in the right direction. We will continue to support Museums Sheffield through this difficult time.’
This second sum of Transitional Funding follows the previously confirmed £190,000 intended to support the current redundancy process, enable the completion of the Stories of the World, young people’s project - Precious Cargo (part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad), and temporarily, continue museum development work in the region.
Feb 27 2012