Survey reveals why touring partners are important

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4th September 2015 11:52 - Museums, Libraries and Archives

A survey, commissioned by the Touring Exhibitions Group, has revealed that working in partnership with other entities is becoming a vital part of developing Survey reveals why touring partners are importanttouring exhibitions.

Interim findings from the Economics of Touring Exhibitions Survey 2015 – which Museums, galleries, heritage sites and arts venues of all types were encouraged to participate in - discovered that more than 4 in 5 (80 per cent) respondents would like to work in partnership to develop touring exhibits in the future and 98 per cent of those currently working in partnership would recommend it. Of the respondents, 36 per cent said that they had developed exhibitions in the past with one or two others.

The Touring Exhibitions Group also discovered that 72 per cent of respondents charged a hire fee for their touring exhibitions, although, the average amount of the fees charged were fairly low.

Around 23 per cent of the respondents charged less that £1,000, whilst 37 per cent charged £1,000 to £3,000.

The research also asked the respondents why museums and galleries do not hire touring exhibitions. The most common reason cited, by 35 per cent, was a lack of temporary exhibition space, whereas 33 per cent said that cost was the reason why many museums and galleries do not hire touring companies.

18 per cent said that they do not hire touring shows due to security and the same figure blamed environmental standards.

The Touring Exhibitions Group also explored why some organisations do in fact hire touring exhibitions. The most commonly cited response (86 per cent) was that the organisation wanted to diversify a programme. This was closely followed by wanting to bring nationally or internationally significant exhibits to a venue, as 78 per cent cited this. To develop an audience was cited by 75 per cent.

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