Moving on Up: Making an Impact with your Career

27 February 2019, Nottingham Contemporary
Do you want to advance your career and have greater impact in your work, in your community and in achieving your ambitions?

How can museums and heritage professionals work for radical change, and how can they meet the challenges that presents?

And how have people gone about changing the sector while also creating successful, fulfilling and sustainable career paths for themselves?

Aimed at museum professionals in the first five years of their career, the event aims to empower and inspire a radical, challenging workforce.
Whatever your role in the museum sector, you can benefit from this one-day conference for early museum professionals.
Attendees will have a valuable opportunity to network with peers and senior museum professionals, discuss the challenges of the current jobs market, learn new skills and build on their professional development.
The event aims to help you increase your confidence, meet new contacts and find out about innovative and creative ways of getting ahead rather than just relying on traditional career paths.

Moving on Up is the essential event for anyone wanting to:

  • build courage
  • develop their career
  • be a positive force for change
  • create a unique space for themselves in museums
  • think creatively about what they should do next
  • find new opportunities and make the most of them.

At Moving on Up you will:

  • hear from inspirational leaders
  • learn how to network successfully
  • get top tips on navigating job opportunities
  • discover how to raise your profile in the sector
  • take part in interactive workshops and panel discussions
  • ask and be asked the essential questions for taking your career to the next level.

Speakers include:

Simon Brown, Curator, Newstead Abbey and Project Curator, National Justice Museum
Simon Brown divides his time between two posts as Curator at Newstead Abbey, and Project Curator at the National Justice Museum. He is also on the board of the Museums Association. He is on the steering group of Culture Now, a platform for mid-career museum professionals, and is co-host of their monthly podcast. He has written for Museums Journal, the Social History Curators Group and other publications, and is an alumni fellow of Nottingham Trent University.

Sacha Coward, Museums and Heritage Consultant
Sacha is a passionate LGBTQ+ positive museum worker. Having worked at Royal Museums Greenwich for 3 years he has been an advocate for diversity and inclusion running their LGBT History Month programme as well as chairing a network of museum workers who march for Pride every year. He is now freelancing on a number of queer-centric projects in museums, galleries, Roman Baths and cemeteries, just to name a few!
Andrea Hadley-Johnson, Artistic Programme Manager, National Justice Museum
Andrea trained to be an artist and led the Habitat UK Visual team for ten years, leading the styling and merchandise teams across Europe in new store developments and refurbishments. She left this career to study for a qualification in Heritage Management and joined Derby Museums as an Exhibitions Officer, working creatively with artists to develop exhibitions that connected new work with museum collections before becoming Head of Co-production and Display. Recently Andrea joined the National Justice Museum as Artistic Programme Manager.

Sharon Heal, Director, Museums Association
Sharon is the Director of the Museums Association and chair of the Museum of Homelessness. Sharon will lead a session on creating radical change in the sector.

Skinder Hundal, Chief Executive, New Art Exchange
Skinder Hundal is CEO/Director of New Art Exchange and, since being in post since the establishment of the organisation in 2008, has successfully positioned NAE as one of the leading culturally diverse contemporary art spaces in the UK. He has successfully delivered many complex, large-scale projects, including the historic EM15 Midland’s Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2015, and is also Executive Producer and Artistic Director for UK’s original Mela Festival in Nottingham.

Sam Jenkins, Project Leader, Museum Wellness Network
The Museum Wellness Network is an informal group to connect museum professionals and encourage discussion about our mental health and general wellbeing, currently led by Sam Jenkins and Anne Sharman. Sam is also Collections Officer at the People’s History Museum. Sam will be running an informal networking and signposting workshop on mental health.

Jo Jones, Head of Arts and Museums, Leicester City Council
Jo Jones has been Head of Arts and Museums at Leicester City Council since January 2018 where she leads arts, museums and festivals and events. She is dedicated to developing audience focused museums and has worked in the museums sector since 1993. Between 2011 and 2018 Jo was Director of Museums and Galleries at Canterbury Museums and Galleries where she led the museum and gallery element of the £14 million HLF capital project to revitalise and restore The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge.

Alex Nicholson-Evans, Commercial Director, Birmingham Museums Trust
Alex leads the commercial team in developing sustainable income streams across Birmingham Museums. Her role includes leadership of Birmingham Museums’ historic properties. Alex joined the world of museums with a wealth of experience from different sectors (including higher education and healthcare), and has a passion for enterprise!

Rachel Noel, Curator, Young People’s Programmes, Tate
Rachel Noel is a curator and producer working across multidisciplinary learning projects engaging diverse young people with art and culture. She is interested in exploring radical futures of the museum with and for young creatives. Rachel has been at Tate since 2013 and manages the delivery of various large scale, partnership and collaborative programmes engaging young people in her current role as Curator: Young People’s Programmes.

Tamsin Russell, Professional Development Officer, Museums Association
Tamsin is the MA’s professional development officer, the MA's professional development programme.

Anne Sharman, Project Leader, Museum Wellness Network
The Museum Wellness Network is an informal group to connect museum professionals and encourage discussion about our mental health and general wellbeing, currently led by Sam Jenkins and Anne Sharman. Anne is also Documentation Officer at the National Railway Museum. Anne will be running an informal networking and signposting workshop on mental health.

Dan Vo, Project Coordinator, LGBTQ Tours, Victoria and Albert Museum
Dan founded the award-winning V&A LGBTQ Tour, the first permanent volunteer-led LGBTQ tour in the UK, and winner of the Radical Changemaker award at the MA’s Museums Change Lives Awards 2018. He works in audio production and is currently undertaking a Master’s degree at Birkbeck, University of London.

Alex Woodall, Museum Consultant and Facilitator
Alex is a museum consultant and facilitator, working to manage, support and develop creative approaches to interpretation, exhibitions and public programming, and an academic researcher, teacher and writer. Until recently she was the Head of Learning at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich, and she has worked in learning and interpretation roles at the Royal Armouries, Manchester Art Gallery, Museums Sheffield and Kettle’s Yard, as well as freelance for Renaissance East Midlands and the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries at the University of Leicester. She was a board member of GEM from 2014 to 2016, and is a member of the Women Cultural Leaders Network East.

Boseda Olawoye
Boseda Olawoye Image credit. Miriam Grossi 3 Low res
Bo Olawoye is the Creative Engagement Manager for Threshold Studios and a Freelance Engagement Curator/Consultant. Bo has developed and managed creative learning programmes in galleries, within communities and inner city areas for nearly 20 years. Her approach to engagement is “creative collaboration” empowering people through art to explore social justice and political issues that affect everyone.

Georgina Wilding, Creative Director, Nottingham Poetry Festival
Georgina is the Young Poet Laureate for Nottingham and the Creative Director of Nottingham Poetry Festival.

Sue Mallender, Senior Steward, Nottingham City Unison
Sue has been a steward for Unison since 2005 and a Senior Steward since 2010. She represents and supports members needing help with grievances, disciplinary, sickness absence and performance matters as well as through restructures and other changes in the work place. In 2015 she became a Learning Representative helping people to access a variety of learning opportunities.

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Museums Association member £75
Non-members £115

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