Supporting the Cultural Sector

Supporting the Cultural Sector

Exhibition display at TEG Marketplace 2017, Museum of London

The Touring Exhibitions Group (TEG) was founded in 1985 and is a non-profit membership organisation. Its network includes more than 300 member venues, ranging from small volunteer-run organisations to national museums, and 900 colleagues signed-up to receive information and updates. TEG supports the cultural sector to develop and tour exhibitions, to extend public access and enjoyment of historical and contemporary culture. It does this in a variety of ways, including the promotion of exhibitions, professional development, workshops and seminars, as well as bespoke training and consultancy and opportunities to network and build partnerships for projects and exhibitions.

Networking at TEG Marketplace​

TEG’s members are its strength – the organisation brings together an expansive network of expertise. Members tour or take touring or partnership exhibitions from all disciplines, including arts, craft, design, social history, natural history and science. Member venues include museums and galleries, but also libraries, art and science centres and other public organisations. TEG’s corporate members are able to share details of their products and services to, whilst supporting and developing the sector.

Being a TEG member opens up a wide range of benefits and members draw on these throughout the year. The annual Marketplace is a particular favourite and is an excellent way for members to meet each other, share ideas and attend relevant workshops on current issues for the sector. 

The TEG website is bursting with information to help its members. Research and training is an important part of the membership offer. TEG undertakes research and advocates for a better understanding of the benefits of touring and partnership work; the results and resources are shared on the website. There is also an excellent Manual of Touring Exhibitions, which offers practical and professional advice on a wide range of subjects, including conservation, audience development, copyright, insurance and much more. There are up-to-date resources, templates and case studies in a range of subjects and TEG encourage members to let them know if there are any gaps. 

Preparing to Borrow Report​

Feedback from members illustrates that professional development is an important part of the membership offer; workshops and seminars fill up quickly. The popular ‘Preparing to Borrow Workshop’, developed with support from Arts Council England (ACE) and Art Fund supports participants to acquire the knowledge and confidence to make an application to another organisation to borrow an object or an exhibition. The ‘Partnership Agreement Workshop’, helps participants to build the confidence, skills and resources necessary to develop partnership agreements.

Exhibitions displays at TEG Marketplace 2017, Museum of London​

Regular communication with members is important and TEG sends out a monthly newsletter with information about recent research, new exhibitions, current training and funding opportunities, jobs, news and much more. If you are interested to join the TEG network of exhibition professionals, they welcome members from all over the world; individuals, organisations and corporate. It’s quick and easy to join on their website or email their membership team.