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Connect10 competition gives venues the chance to host 10 leading artists

  • Date: 13 December 2012
  • Area: National

Ten outstanding contemporary artists, including Turner Prize winner Martin Creed and Jake and Dinos Chapman, will take part in next year's Connect10. The national competition for cultural venues to win a participatory artist-led event as part of the Museums at Night festival is run by Culture24 and funded through the Arts Council's Grants for the arts.

From next week venues will be able to submit event ideas on the Culture24 website, giving them the opportunity to try something different and attract new audiences. In March 2012 voting will open to the public to decide which ten venues will have the chance to host an artist from the line-up.

The artists taking part in 2013 artists are:

All the artists taking part this year have been chosen with audience participation in mind. They will provide a statement outlining their approach to a project from which venues can devise an event idea.

Jake and Dinos Chapman said, 'We are overjoyed to be working with Museums at Night because they are kindly offering to host one of our sinister aberrations that might not otherwise seen the light of day.

'Off the top of our heads we're thinking something involving industrial storage heaters in a waxworks museum or night vision paintball in a cathedral. But if any participating institutions have a better idea we're up for a discussion!'

Connect10 was successfully piloted in 2012 when 28 venues took part in the competition and over 21,000 public votes were cast leading to events like Polly Morgan's live taxidermy in Liverpool and Bompas & Parr's Jelly Sea at Bristol's SS Great Britain.

In 2013 there will be a share of £35,000 available to pay for venues to work with artists to devise outstanding events. Any cultural or heritage venue in the country can submit an event idea, forty will go through to the competition and of those 40 venues that do not win the public vote will be supported, through small grants, to go ahead with a Museums at Night event.

For more information visit the Culture24 website.