Deadline for Transformers approaches

Nicola Sullivan, 13.05.2015
Closing date for applications for mid-career initiative is 20 May
Time is running out for museum professionals in England, Scotland and Wales to apply for the Museums Association’s (MA) Transformers programme, aimed at mid-career professionals looking to implement innovative work at their museums.
There are 24 places available on the programme in England, funded by Arts Council England, two places in Scotland, funded by Museums Galleries Scotland, and one place in Wales, funded by Amgueddfa Cymru (National Museum Wales and the Welsh Museums Federation. The closing date for applications is 5pm on 20 May 2015.
Participation in the programme is free and includes peer-supported learning, residential courses, and the chance to pitch for up to £3,000 in micro-funding to invest in change for the participants and their organisations. It will run from July until March 2016.
Charlotte Holmes, the museum development officer at the MA, said: “Transformers will help people working in or for museums test out new ways of working that contribute to healthier, more resilient, diverse and adaptable organisations."
In order to apply people need to complete a supporting statement and an application form, as well as provide a short film.
Applicants will increase their chances of success if they can show they have strong support from their organisation, passion about an idea that will bring about change and can clearly articulate their own professional approach and values. The MA is looking for participants from a wide range of professional backgrounds.

Jess Turtle, the MA’s project coordinator, said: “The next few years will bring further challenges to the sector. It is more important than ever for museum professionals to be given the space and support to test out new ways of working, develop their practice and explore solutions for themselves and their organisations.”
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