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2022

UAL: DECOLONISING ARTS INSTITUTE X CONTEMPORARY ARTS SOCIETY

I contributed to the Contemporary Art Society’ paper on Doing the Work, Embedding anti-racism and decolonisation into museum practice. For this, CAS ran a series of seven, closed online workshops in 2021. This programme was co-produced by Anjalie Dalal-Clayton and Ilaria Puri Purini. I was commissioned to write an account of and critically reflect on what happened at the final workshop. It’s titled “Collective Care is Different from Self Care: Rethinking Engagement in Art Museums and Galleries in 2021.”

2021

  • BRITISH COUNCIL // CoMuseum Workshop Facilitator

    Delivered a workshop on “Career planning for folks who are more than their job titles.” It was a Masterclass for the British Council’s (Re)Positioning the museum of tomorrow Conference.

  • GEM HERITAGE // Co-Speaker, “Online and Offline Safeguarding in the Age of the ‘Culture War.'”

    Co-presented a workshop at GEM’s conference on “Online and Offline Safeguarding in the Age of the ‘Culture War.'” This couldn’t have been accomplished without the wonderful Cherelle Cunningham and Zakira Begum. This presentation reflected on the impact of imagined and actual hateful abuse levied at heritage organisations for talking on topics to do with racism. Cherelle brought her insights on the impact this has on the wellbeing of marketing teams, especially on BPOC staff. Zakira spoke on solutions and actions to implement so that care for internal staff becomes the norm, especially as organisations are driven by the content they produce.
  • BRITISH COUNCIL, Co-Speaker on the Cultural Leadership Programme

    I was invited to join Transforming Narratives, Cultural Leadership Programme programme, as part on the virtual “Long Table” panel with James Tyson (British Council) and Zoya Ahmed (Civic Square).

  • MUSEUMS ASSOCIATION // Workshop Facilitator for “Surviving Freelance”

    I led a break out session on zoom on Surviving Freelance and was part of the panel for the final Q&A. (I promise you I was not bored, that’s my listening face). Screenshot Credit: Louise Marlborough
  • VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM // Co-Speaker for “Live Conversations: Transferable Career Skills”

    Joined with Sarah Gregory, Head of Creative Careers at the Creative Industries Federation, to explore the changes in the creative industries and how young people can adapt, promote, and upskill themselves during these times. It was devised with V&A Youth Collective, they asked us qs on what was important to them. It wasn’t live recorded, but here is the live illustration of what we said. Image Credit: @KatieDraws
  • BRITISH MUSEUM // Co-Speaker at “Museum careers unlocked: getting your foot in the door

    This was co-ordinated by the really lovely Youth Collective. They put me and Michelle McGrath, founder of Museum as Muck, on the hot seat. The event focused on museum careers, and the process of ‘breaking into’ the sector as a young person.
  • ARTS EMERGENCY

    In recognition of the impact of COVID-19 on young people, I produced resources that centred wellbeing for over 18s. I wrote Intro to Freelancing and Money and Wellbeing in recognition of the nature of zero hours and growth in insecure contracts in the creative industries. I also – out of frustration at gatekeepers – wrote a how to on how to Write better job ads.