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Kent & Medway Museum NPO

A consortium of four museums funded by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation (NPO)

National portfolio organisation

Kent & Medway Museum Partnership

The Kent Medway Museum Partnership (KMMP) National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) is a consortium of four museums – The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Canterbury Museums & Galleries – The Beaney, Guildhall Museum Rochester and Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery – The Amelia – funded by Arts Council England (ACE) as a National Portfolio Organisation to work together to deliver outstanding cultural programmes and activities to their visitors and communities.

Each of the partner museums holds significant collections and lead on different areas of activity, building upon their separate strengths and experience in programme delivery. These activities focus on the use of collections for learning and inspiring creativity, wellbeing through engagement with collections and diversifying audiences by creating exceptional visitor experience. 

Making Language: Open Call for Creative Practitioners

An exciting opportunity for a creative practitioner or group to create a new artwork or cultural content inspired by languages and dialects in Kent.

The Kent and Medway Museum Partnership National Portfolio Organisation (KMMP NPO) seek proposals for a participatory creative commission that will research and experiment creatively with languages and dialects in Kent. The commission will explore how language develops and adapts through time and place. It will also cast a light on connections between language, communities, cultures, and identities.

The selected creative practitioner will be responsible for creating a new artwork or cultural content for public display or performance. They will work together with local people to explore the commission themes, providing opportunities for participants to use their languages creatively and inform the final artwork/content.

We would love to hear from people who have an active creative practice in any art form at any stage in their career, including individuals, partnerships, groups or organisations.

How to apply

For more information and details of how to apply please download the commission brief here.

Closing date for expressions of interest midday Monday 26 February 2024.

The project will be managed by Helena Copsey, Arts Development Manager at The Amelia Scott. If you have any questions about the commission please email

Museum Partners

Working together, the four partners wish to build further capacity around core strengths – develop new individual strengths through sharing that knowledge and experience between the partners and work more effectively to support the wider Kent Medway Museum Partnership to deliver excellence to existing and new audiences, including children and young people across Kent and Medway.