Sacha Coward, one of several speakers who have recently made the switch to a freelance career

Last chance to book your place for Moving on Up 2019

Alex Stevens, 21.02.2019
Professional development event at Nottingham Contemporary, 27 February
There is still time to book tickets for next week’s Moving on Up: Making an Impact with Your Career, at Nottingham Contemporary on 27 February.

This Museums Association (MA) one-day conference will feature ideas and practical sessions on how to develop your career in the museum and heritage sector, with opportunities to get advice from colleagues at different stages in their careers.

Panel sessions will look at the careers of successful museum professionals from a range of backgrounds; examine the challenges presented by working in a demanding sector; and ask how to make radical change in the sector.

Breakout sessions will cover mental health at work, workplace legislation and how to make the most of networking – and what not to do.

Tamsin Russell, the MA’s professional development officer, will run breakout sessions on making your CV stand out from the crowd and on the value of the Associateship of the Museums Association award.

Keynote speaker will be Georgina Wilding, the creative director of Nottingham Poetry Festival and Nottingham’s Young Poet Laureate.  

Delegates will have the chance to sign up for a 9-minute speed mentoring slot, with mentors made up from the panel and other experienced museum professionals.

Speakers on the day include Skinder Hundal, the chief executive of Nottingham’s New Art Exchange; Jo Jones, the head of arts and museums at Leicester City Council; and Alex Nicholson-Evans, the commercial director at Birmingham Museums Trust.

The programme includes several speakers who have recently made the transition to freelance careers, including Sacha Coward (pictured), Alex Woodall, and Boseda Olawoye.

There will also be opportunities to network and to socialise: on the evening before, please join MA staff and fellow delegates at the Pitcher and Piano from 7pm, which is directly next to Nottingham Contemporary; and the day itself will end with drinks at the gallery, after which delegates are welcome at the Head of Steam, directly opposite the venue.


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