Dan Vo won the Radical Changemaker Award for his LGBTQ+ tours. Image (c) ISKA Photography

Make things happen for your career at Moving on Up 2019

Alex Stevens, 31.01.2019
Career development event at Nottingham Contemporary on 27 February
The programme for this year’s Moving on Up will focus on the challenges and opportunities of making things happen in your career, from discussions about the value of making radical change to dealing with the difficulties of working in the sector.

Delegates at the Museums Association’s (MA) annual event for museums professionals in the first five years of their careers will also be able to take part in a range of practical breakout sessions, and have the opportunity to sign up for a one-to-one speed networking session with speakers and other leading museum professionals.

A panel of former MA Transformers will talk about how they pushed through projects in their organisations, what challenges they faced, and how they feel their work has made a valuable contribution to their museums.

Panellists will include Alex Nicholson-Evans, the commercial director of Birmingham Museums Trust, Rachel Noel, the curator of young people’s programmes at Tate, and Dan Vo, who won the Radical Changemaker Award at last year’s Museums Change Lives Awards for his work as a volunteer coordinator on LGBTQ tours at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The challenges of working in the museum sector – and how to respond to them practically – will be discussed by museum consultant and facilitator Alex Woodall, Andrea Hadley-Johnson, the artistic programme manager at the National Justice Museum, and engagement curator and consultant Boseda Olawoye.

Practical breakout sessions will cover several ways in which delegates can find support in their careers. Tamsin Russell, the professional development officer at the MA, will run CV workshops and outline the benefits of the Associateship of the MA professional development scheme.

Sue Mallender, a Unison steward and Green Party councillor as well as the real world science officer at Nottingham City Museums and Galleries, will run a session on workplace legislation.

Anne Sharman and Sam Jenkins, the founders of the Museum Wellness Network, will run a campfire workshop on mental health at work, designed to connect people and offer a safe space to share problems, with signposting to professional mental health support organisations.

Matt Holmes, the MA’s West Midlands representative and the events coordinator of the West Midlands Emerging Museum Professionals group, will run a session on networking, covering the dos and don’ts and how to make the most of your own professional networks.

The day will also feature a panel on using your own personal story to drive the direction of your career, with museums and heritage consultant Sacha Coward, Skinder Hundal, the chief executive of Nottingham’s New Art Exchange, and Jo Jones, the head of arts and museums at Leicester City Council.

The event will take place on 27 February at Nottingham Contemporary.

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