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Culture and Arts Schools Experts Programme Fellowship

Many cultural organisations are experiencing a high degree of challenge in maintaining or developing their members of staff who can dedicate themselves to schools work. Similarly, schools are also experiencing huge challenges to their ability to protect their arts and cultural provision and are in need of strong ambassadors for cultural education more than ever.

Formerly known as the CELP Programme, the newly re-named Culture and Arts Schools Experts (CASE) Programme Fellowship is an annual, year-long development opportunity that, over 3 years, will create a talent pool of around 20 credible schools specialists working in the North West’s National Portfolio Organisations, in arts organisations, museums/heritage settings and libraries.

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Year 1 CASE fellow

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The CASE Programme Fellowship is an investment from Curious Minds designed to protect, nurture and develop a team of credible schools experts from within the North West’s cultural sector who can strengthen the ability of cultural organisations to work in partnership with schools. The CASE Fellows will take that passion and expertise with them as they develop as future leaders of learning departments, artistic director or managers of venues. Now in its second year, the impact of the programme is being felt across the region.

The fellowship is designed for early to mid-career professional who may be working with schools but are eager to go deeper and to hone their knowledge and experience in such a way that they become known and credible schools specialists, able to influence and advise their own organisations and the wider cultural sector.

CASE Fellows access between 15-20 days of inspirational learning across the year, including two residentials, curated and delivered by Curious Minds with contributions from regional and national experts. Through undertaking a 4-5 day school placement, Fellows also have the opportunity to network with SLiCE® fellows and alumni, practice their advocacy skills and explore governance. In addition, fellows are offered time with a coach or mentor to support their own personal reflection and learning, develop a sound understanding of key cultural and education polices and research and create a personal development plan. The programme focuses on developing advocating and influencing skills such as public speaking, measuring impact, understanding how schools are funded and curriculum requirements.

It is a requirement that both the fellows and their employers make it possible for the Fellows to be deployed by Curious Minds as cultural education advocates and schools specialists for a minimum of 5 days in year 2. This may include speaking at events, offering advice or support to other organisations, supporting schools with Artsmark or their peers with Arts Award.

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Curious Minds is currently recruiting for the 2017-18 CASE Fellowship programme.

To apply, please download the application form and CASE overview and send to Laura Ferguson, Cultural Education Leadership Manager, via email or to:
Laura Ferguson
Curious Minds,
23-27 Guild Hall,

Deadline: Tuesday 3rd October


New GEM Course Programme Launched

GEM have recently announced their new training programme:

A new foundation course: Effective Engagement, which complements the existing GEM foundation course: Museum Learning

Five new intermediate courses aimed at supporting the professional development of mid-career museum, heritage and cultural educators.

A new advanced workshop: Managing Museum Educators and Their Activities, aimed at supporting those in leadership positions, such as managers, directors or trustees.

To find out more and to book, please see the new course outline or visit the GEM website.

Art Fund Career Development Courses with Whitechapel Gallery

Art Fund are once again partnering with Whitechapel Gallery to offer a series of professional development courses for curators and museum professionals this autumn.

This series is targeted at both early-career and more experienced curators, whether new to the topic or wishing to refresh and expand their existing knowledge. These hands-on courses will draw on the expertise of staff from across Whitechapel Gallery, as well as other industry leaders.

Each course will focus on practical training and use current projects as case studies, allowing attendees to gain valuable guidance and insight from behind the scenes.

Taking place in October and November 2017, the courses will cover the following topics:

  • How to curate talks and events
  • How to write about art
  • How to curate the moving image
  • How to fundraise: individual giving
  • How to handle and install art
  • How to fundraise: writing grant applications

Places normally cost £195, but curators and museum professionals are invited to apply for one of 34 funded places offered by the Art Fund.

Further details and information on how to apply can be found on the Art Fund website here.

V&A Learning Academy

Professional Development Courses

The V&A have recently launched their Learning Academy programme, which offers adult visitors unique access to V&A collections and expertise. Whether you want to study the history of art, design and performance, learn a new creative skill or build a career in the museum sector, there is a flexible part-time experience designed to bring your passion to life.

Each of the short, intensive courses are taught by V&A staff and focus on practical training, using V&A collections, best practice and current projects as case studies. 

Topics include: 

  • Digital Media
  • Innovative Leadership
  • Curating Exhibitions
  • Interpretation Strategy
  • Performance-based Programming and Object Handling.

To browse all upcoming opportunities, you can view and download their Professional Development Programme Brochure.

MDNW Emerging Leaders Programme 2017

There’s just over a week left to apply for our third Emerging Leaders programme this year and applications are now being accepted. This seven-month programme is for early career museum professionals who would like to focus on developing their leadership skills.

Programme details
The programme will consist of one full day workshop per month for seven months, starting in June. Participants will have the opportunity to shape the content of the programme to meet their needs. In previous years, the programme has focused on areas including:

  • Confidence building
  • Management style identification
  • Coaching and working effectively with others
  • Influencing
  • Time and workload management
  • Personal resilience
  • Managing change

As part of the programme, all participants have the opportunity to seek 360˚ feedback at work to help them plan their own personal development and will have time during the programme to work on their own areas of personal development. The programme also includes some homework to help apply the learning from the workshops to participants’ own workplace.

About the trainers:
The programme will be run by Alex Lindley and Shirley Collier.

Alex is a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has worked in Learning and Development and Human Resource Management for over 10 years. She has delivered workshops and programmes covering areas such as leadership development, personal skills, organisational and cultural change and has spent time as a mentor for new leaders. She now works primarily with the heritage sector, but brings leadership insights and best practice from a wide range of sectors and organisations, from small volunteer run museums to international banks – and a great deal in between!

Shirley Collier has 20 years’ experience in museums and management – including several years as CEO of Scarborough Museums Trust – giving her personal and practical experience of many of the issues which affect early career professionals in the sector. She has developed and delivered training for a range of organisations, from national museums to small independent museums. Shirley also works as an executive coach, focusing on transition – changing roles, promotions, moving sectors – and resilience, resourcefulness and motivation.

How to apply
There are 10 places available for those working in the North West on the programme this year and people can either nominate themselves or be nominated. If you work at a National or Major Partner Museum please speak to Alex Bird prior to submission.

If you are interested in applying, please complete the application form. The form includes a section for you and a section for your line manager to support your application. It is important that you have your line manager’s support for taking part throughout the programme, so please ensure both sections of the form are completed.

Please send all applications to Alex Bird, Sector Development Officer – alexander.bird@manchester.ac.uk by 5pm Friday 28th April.

There is no charge for participation but because places are limited there will be a drop-out fee of £150 per delegate if delegates are unable to take up a place once it has been offered or do not complete the programme.

If you would like more information about the programme please contact Alex Bird alternatively you can read the evaluation post about our 2015 programme.

Museums Association Transformers: Influence

The Transformers programme has been developed to be flexible and suitable for all roles within a museum.  Transformers is relevant to anyone working in or with a museum- paid or voluntary.

We can accept multiple applications per organisation. The programme is seeking to create a cohort of motivated, engaged sector colleagues who are committed to their professional and organisational development, who standby the commitment that Museums Change Lives and want to ensure museum remain engaging, welcoming, vibrant places for all. (See more details below)

This strand requires a commitment of 2 learning days-  Gearing up for Change day in June and an Our Museum in Action day in July.   Participants also have the opportunity to pitch an idea for the Festival of Change which will be part of the Museums Association Conference 2017.

There is a fee of £100 but this will include participation in the 2 learning days and a year’s individual membership for the participant.

This strand has been developed with feedback from the sector to be more manageable for people who cannot make the longer time commitment of the 2 other strands, people who work shifts, part-time, free-lancers, have family or caring responsibilities or just don’t feel ready or have the time for something more intensive.

For more information and details on how to apply please click here.

 Deadline for applications is Tuesday 7 March

CPD Grants

Available via Anna Plowden Trust & Clothworkers’ Foundation

The Anna Plowden Trust and Clothworkers’ Foundation – two of the leading funders of training and development for conservators in the UK – have launched a new joint programme to support those undertaking continuing professional development (CPD). The Anna Plowden Trust has provided more than 100 grants for CPD during the last two decades and the Clothworkers’ Foundation conservation programme has given over £150,000 in CPD grants during the last eight years.

A grant of £20,000 from Clothworkers’ Foundation to the Anna Plowden Trust, will offer new opportunities for conservators seeking to improve their knowledge or skills, or to broaden their professional experience.

Anna Plowden Trust / Clothworkers’ Foundation CPD grants can be awarded for up to £1,000 or 50% (whichever is the smaller amount) of the cost of conferences, training events or other CPD opportunities. Application forms can be downloaded from the Anna Plowden Trust, which will administer the award on behalf of both funders. There are three remaining deadlines for applications in 2017: March 22nd, June 5th and September 14th.

Museums Association Transformers Programme – Deadline extended

From the Museums Association:

The deadline for applications to the Transformers training scheme for mid-career professionals has been extended to 30th January. The programme is for those looking to develop new ways of thinking, influence more effectively, and create change for themselves, their colleagues and their organisations.

Museum professionals from anywhere in the UK can subscribe to the Innovate and Influence programmes, while the Diversify programme is open to applications from England, Wales, and Scotland.

In all around 170 trainees will be supported across the three programmes in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Katy Swift, the MA’s project coordinator, Transformers, says: “The Transformers programme is an exciting opportunity for people working in and with museums to proactively meet the opportunities and challenges the sector is facing.

“The MA has built on the success of Transformers by expanding the programme to include three strands: Innovate, Influence and Diversify.

“As the programme coordinator, I passionately believe that it is the people working in museums who change lives.

“Transformers creates a timely opportunity to support and develop museum professionals and I am looking forward to building a cohort of people across the UK who are committed to building a radical and thriving sector.”

Applications to Innovate close on 30 January 2017, and applications to Influence and Diversify close on 28 February 2017.

Before submitting an application to any of the programmes, please ensure you have read the guidance notes to check that the programme is suitable for you.

Links and downloads

Transformers 2016-18

Moving on Up: Own your career

Tuesday 28th February
Royal College of Surgeons,Edinburgh
Members – £75.00
Non-members – £115.00

A one-day professional development and networking event aimed at museum professionals in the first five years of their career.

The event, which is chaired by consultant, facilitator and coach Hilary Carty aims to empower and inspire a proactive museum staff who challenge themselves and the sector, and includes keynotes, practical sessions and speed mentoring.

The programme aims to strike a balance between professional development and bigger picture issues affecting the sector such as diversity, funding, technological advancements and the social and political landscape.

Keynote:  Developing a personal brand and networking with confidence

What can someone find out about you from a quick Google search? Otegha Uwagba, brand consultant, writer and founder of Women Who, will give a talk on how to develop a personal brand that open doors. Uwagba will shed light on creating compelling online profiles and how museum professionals can maximise their impact face-to-face, as well as how to get the most out of networking opportunities.

Participatory session: Be a museum activist
Sharon Heal, director of the MA, will demonstrate how museum professionals can create change inside and outside their institutions.

Keynote: Taking a stand on diversity
Sara Wajid, head of interpretation, Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery and founder of Museum Detox – a networking group for BAME museum professionals will introduce Peju Oshin, a freelance educator at London Transport Museum, who will discuss how tackling diversity at a grassroots level raised her profile and resulted in an unexpected television appearance.

Participatory session: How to embrace failure
Jess Turtle
, Transformers project coordinator at the Museums Association and co-founder of the Museum of Homelessness, will lead a discussion on how use process failure and use it as a tool for empowerment.


  • inspirational keynotes covering a wide range of topics including: museum activism, embracing failure, diversity and how new technology is shaping the future of museums
  • delegates will get the chance to quiz a panel of senior museum professionals about their careers
  • speed mentoring with a number of high profile professionals from museums, galleries and heritage sites all over the UK
  • networking events, activities and games
  • workshops designed to empower delegates to reflect on their practice and equip them with skills in fundraising, budgeting and social media.

Other speakers

Chris Henry, director of heritage, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Stephen Allen, head of learning and programmes, National Museums Scotland

Sarah Munro, director of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Sebastian Deterding, founder of design agency Coding Conduct and senior research fellow at the Digital Creativity Labs at the University of York.

We are offering Scottish Museums Federation members the Museums Association member rate. To book at this rate please download a booking form and return this along with a covering email stating that you are a Scottish Museums Federation member to lorraine@museumsassociation.org

Full details and timetable of event

To book your place online please click here

To download a booking form please click here

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Career Development Courses in Partnership with Whitechapel Gallery

From the Art Fund:

Following the success of our 2016 programme of training courses for curators, we’ve once again teamed up with the Whitechapel Gallery to offer a new series of professional development courses to curators and museum professionals. 

This series is targeted at both early-career and more experienced curators, whether new to the topic or wishing to refresh and expand their existing knowledge. These popular hands-on courses will draw on the expertise of staff from across the Whitechapel Gallery, as well as other industry leaders. Each course will focus on practical training and use current projects as case studies, allowing you to gain invaluable guidance and insight from behind the scenes, and develop key skills that are rarely covered in other training schemes. 

The courses are scheduled throughout February – March 2017, and are in the following fields:

  • How to curate an exhibition
  • How to fundraise: corporate development
  • How to curate a youth programme
  • How to effectively market and promote art and culture
  • How to publish art catalogues
  • How to interpret art law and ethics

Places normally cost £195, but curators and museum professionals are invited to apply for one of 30 funded places offered by the Art Fund. More details and information on how to apply can be found on our website.