MoDiP’s ongoing essential curatorial work is punctuated by funded projects, which run for fixed time spans and enable us to investigate and benefit from a wide and varied range of museum practices.
- the creation of an international ‘Plastics network’, supported by an AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) grant;
- improvements to our documentation practice as a result of the MoDiP Digitsation (MoDiPDiP) project, supported by the JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee);
- a means of evaluating and increasing accessibility to collections with support from the Esmée Fairbairn Effective Collections fund;
- development of expertise in the creation, management, and use of digitized library, museum and archive collections as a participant in the JISC funded ‘Look here’ project;
- creation of guides (A curator's guide to plastics & Indentifying plastics toolkit & A curator's guide to synthetic garments) relating to the identification and preservation of plastics under the egis of the Plastics SSN with support from the Museums Galleries and Archives Commission and Arts Council England;
- development of a continuous professional development resource, entitled The Culture of Plastics, with support from the South West Lifelong Learning Network;
- exploration of leading-edge curatorial practices, as in the 10 Most wanted project funded by the Digital Research and Development Fund for the Arts, a partnership between Nesta, the Arts Council England and the Arts and Humanities Research Council;
- artists residencies, for example that of Mariele Neudecker, leading to Plastics Vanitas, and of Karen Wimhurst, leading to w-RAP, a plastics symphony for a synthetic century, both supported by Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts
External funding is crucial to MoDiP’s sustainability and we are therefore grateful to the many organisations that have funded these different aspects of our work.