How Will The Changes To The Arts Council England Investment Portfolio Benefit The Sector? We Talk To John Orna-Ornstein

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Last week,  Arts Council England announced budgets for its 2018 to 2022 investment period, alongside sector guidance for applying to its National Portfolio. This follows on from an announcement by Arts Council England in July about changes to the way it will approach its investment from 2018, and for the first time,  museums and libraries will be part of the Arts Council’s investment portfolio. The application portal for the National Portfolio will open on 26 October 2016.

This is good news for AIM members in England, so we sat down with John Orna-Ornstein, Director of Museums and East of England for Arts Council England, to find out more about the changes and what AIM members should be aware of when applying.


“We are keen to receive strong applications for funding from independent museums across the country” says John Orna-Ornstein, Director of Museums and East of England for Arts…

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Update On Exhibition Tax Relief – Still Time To Call For All Museums To Benefit

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AIM met with HM Treasury and HMRC last week to urge them to open the exhibition tax relief up to all museums, so that the public can benefit from better exhibitions at their local museum, wherever they live in the UK. The current proposals mean only a handful of museums will benefit, with the bulk of the relief claimed going to the nationals in London, whose temporary exhibitions often cost more than new exhibitions for a whole museum in the regions.

There is still time for this relief to be extended to all exhibitions, which would then save all museums 20% of the costs of creating and installing all new exhibitions, whether they are temporary, touring or part of the core visitor-offer for that museum. At a time when funding for new exhibitions is becoming increasingly difficult to find, this could be a vital life-line, enabling museums to ensure their…

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