How to set up, survive and thrive as a freelancer in the cultural sector
Feb
4
10:00 AM10:00

How to set up, survive and thrive as a freelancer in the cultural sector

A one-day training course for those aspiring to be effective and successful freelancers and consultants.

Join this practical and inspiring training workshop designed to kick-start and sustain a flourishing freelancing or consultancy business. The day is jam-packed with proven approaches, ideas and tools to help you to get started, market yourself, find work, win work, manage your finances, handle client relationships and look after your health and well-being.

Who it’s for

Anyone who is thinking about freelancing, or who has been freelancing for less than a year and is working with arts and heritage organisations across any art form or specialist area.

Why attend

  • Invest just one day to fast-track your business development and gain long-lasting benefits

  • Discover proven and best practice approaches, practical tips, tools and frameworks to help you strategically develop and grow your business

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of what it’s like to work as a freelancer in the cultural sector

  • Dedicate time out to reflect on what you want to achieve and create a realistic action plan

  • Boost your confidence so that you can take the plunge or become a more proactive freelancer

  • Build a network of new freelance contacts working with a range of arts and heritage organisations

  • Learn from two experienced and passionate trainers, both successful and award-winning freelance consultants in the cultural sector

  • Receive a comprehensive pack of handouts, exercises and further information resources to take home.

“Thanks for an awesome, jam-packed day of practical info. Definitely value for money!!!” - Delegate from the course run in October 2018

Course content

  • What to consider before you take the plunge

  • Setting up as a freelancer and getting started

  • Basic legal, financial and tax matters to be aware of

  • Creating a distinctive proposition and setting yourself apart from others

  • Marketing yourself

  • Finding and pitching for work more effectively

  • Managing your finances

  • Deciding what to charge

  • Managing client relationships

  • Maintaining a work-life balance and your well-being.

How to book

Visit Ticket Tailor for more information and to book. The first 10 early bird spots are £200, after which tickets are £230. We are able to offer a staged payment option, with two payments of half the amount, one payable within two weeks of booking and one payable by 4 weeks before the course - please contact comms@christinalister.co.uk should you want more information about this.

Refunds are possible up to Friday 4 January 2019, minus a £20 admin fee.

What previous participants had to say:

“Absolutely brilliant – made this much more real for me and gave something concrete to start with which is SO helpful. Really appreciate both your openness in responding to queries. Also you were both lovely and engaging speakers and provided EXCELLENT workshop materials. THANK YOU!!”

“This has been the most useful CPD experience. Very well worth the investment.”

“It’s been a fantastic session and unusually the day has gone really fast! Very glad I invested in it – exceptionally valuable.”

“An excellent, informative and well-run course. Thank you!”

“Very well delivered with a good balance between information and space to think / discuss. You’re a great double act!”

“Fabulous day, I learned so much and really value you sharing your experiences.”

“Inspiring and extremely useful workshop.”

“Excellent training day, really useful for a beginner, lots of food for thought. Clear presentation style, amazing set of resources. Thank you so much!”

About the trainers

Christina and Marge co-run the Museum Freelance Network and are experienced trainers and award-winning freelancers who work in the cultural sector. They have also worked client-side commissioning freelancers, consultants and agencies.

Christina Lister is an experienced marketing and audience development consultant, trainer and facilitator for the cultural sector. She has worked with a wide range of clients including the Science Museum Group, South East Museum Development Programme, Colchester Arts Partnership, Ensemble Dance Co, University of Cambridge Museum of Zoology, the Scout Association, The Museum of English Rural Life (The MERL), Vivacity Peterborough, Norwich Historic Churches Trust and de Havilland Aircraft Museum.

Christina has worked in marketing and communications for 15 years and her work has won a range of marketing awards. She was a Runner-Up in the Freelancer of the Year Awards 2015, organised by IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed). She is a member of the Women Cultural Leaders Network East and speaks at conferences including the Museums Association Conference, the Museums + Heritage Show and the Visitor Studies Group Conference. 

Christina is passionate about bringing freelancers together and helping them have a voice in the sector and she recently authored a guide for museums on Working With Freelancers on behalf of SHARE Museums East. She has achieved the certified Advanced Train the Trainer award from the College of Public Speaking.

Marge Ainsley is a well-respected freelance cultural consultant delivering professional training and facilitation across the UK, with specialist expertise in marketing, audience development and evaluation. A Fellow of the Institute of Training and Occupational Learning, and International Association of Facilitators, she was previously voted one of the 50 best freelancers in the UK by national marketing magazine, The Drum. 

Over the last ten years as a freelancer, she has worked with a range of clients including London Transport Museum, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester Art Gallery, the National Trust, Arts Council England, National Museums Liverpool, Leeds Libraries, More Music, St Helens Libraries, and Macclesfield Museums Trust. Marge regularly speaks at seminars and conferences, including most recently at the Audiences Connected conference in Vienna and at the Museums Association Conference in Manchester.

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Museum Freelance Conference 2019: Agents of Change
Mar
14
10:00 AM10:00

Museum Freelance Conference 2019: Agents of Change

A Museum Freelance Network event for freelancers, by freelancers.

Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester 10.30am – 4.30pm on Thursday, 14 March 2019

Join other museum freelancers for this insightful, valuable and practical day of training and networking, aimed at freelancers working across all disciplines in the museums and heritage sector and those considering embarking on a freelance career.

Speakers will share their journeys, practical lessons and tips and will explore many aspects of ‘change’ relevant to freelancers, including:

  • How can freelancers who aren’t attached to any particular organisation inspire and deliver change as ‘outsiders’?

  • How can individuals be the change they’d like to see? What power do they have?

  • How can freelancers be more resilient and prepare for or learn to embrace change?

  • How can freelancers cope and deal with change when it’s not change they were expecting, or perhaps wanting?

Speakers include:

  • A welcome by Alistair Hudson, director of Manchester Art Gallery

  • Jim Richardson, founder, MuseumNext: The worst day of my life and other stories

  • Esme Ward, director of Manchester Museum

  • Laura Weldon, creative director, StudioLWD: Using the power of branding for positive change

  • Caroline Newns, business coach, Caroline Newns Consulting: Growing and sustaining your freelance business

  • Simon Seligman, life coach and communications freelancer: The power of listening…to ourselves.

This year there is also a fringe conference programme which includes a group visit to the People's History Museum and facilitated networking with coffee ‘in the sky’ at 20 Stories on Wednesday 13 March in the afternoon, and a pre-conference social at The Alchemist in the evening.

After the core conference programme on Thursday, we'll move to The Refuge (Winter Garden) for drinks and we also have a special discount code for delegates for a cracking show that evening for anyone who is staying on.

For the full programme and to book please visit: www.buytickets.at/museumfreelance

Early bird tickets are £70, after which tickets are £90. There are also 3 £15 tickets available – for more information and to apply visit: https://goo.gl/forms/XFns60J02pGmfPRB3.

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Museum Freelance Network Christmas Social (Manchester)
Dec
13
3:30 PM15:30

Museum Freelance Network Christmas Social (Manchester)

Join us in Manchester's vibrant Northern Quarter at 3.30pm on Thursday 13th December for a Museum Freelance Christmas social. All cultural freelancers & their guests welcome.

Free, but please RSVP on EventBrite so we know numbers.

Bar snacks and sharing pizzas available to purchase. Tables have been reserved.

Check FIKA for menu, directions and further information.

Photo: Mark Rabe on Unsplash

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   How to set up, survive and thrive as a freelancer in the cultural sector
Oct
15
9:30 AM09:30

How to set up, survive and thrive as a freelancer in the cultural sector

A one-day training course for those aspiring to be effective and successful freelancers and consultants

Join this practical and inspiring training workshop designed to kick-start and sustain a flourishing freelance or consultancy business. The day is jam-packed with proven approaches, ideas and tools to get started, market yourself, find work, win work, manage your finances, handle client relationships and look after your health and wellbeing.

Who it’s for

Anyone thinking about, or in the early stages of, freelancing with arts and heritage organisations across any art form or specialist area.

Why attend

  • Invest just one day to fast-track your business development and gain long-lasting benefits
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of what it’s like to work as a freelancer in the cultural sector
  • Discover proven and best practice approaches, practical tips, tools and frameworks to help you strategically develop and grow your business
  • Dedicate time out to reflect on what you want to achieve and create a realistic action plan
  • Develop your confidence to take the plunge or become a more proactive freelancer
  • Build a network of new freelance contacts working with a range of arts and heritage organisations
  • Learn from two experienced and passionate trainers, themselves successful and award-winning freelance consultants in the cultural sector
  • Receive a pack of handouts and further information resources to take home.

How to book

Visit our dedicated bookings page for more information about course content and to reserve your place. Early bird rate: £200 including lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments. Standard rate of £250 will apply to all bookings after Friday 14 September 2018. No VAT payable.

Update: Please note that this event is now fully booked so we've opened a waiting list and plan to run another one due to the demand. If you're interested in hearing details of future courses please sign up here.

About Museum Freelance

Museum Freelance is a volunteer-run network set up to support and champion freelancers and consultants working with museums, galleries, archives, libraries, and heritage sites. The Network organises an annual conference for freelancers, monthly Twitter chats via @museumfreelance, regional meet-ups and has a LinkedIn Group and e-newsletter.

About the trainers

Marge and Christina co-run the Museum Freelance Network and are experienced trainers and award-winning freelancers who work in the cultural sector. They have also worked client-side commissioning freelancers, consultants and agencies.

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Museum Freelance Network Regional Meet Up (Manchester)
Sep
6
4:00 PM16:00

Museum Freelance Network Regional Meet Up (Manchester)

An informal opportunity to network, share news and create new contacts with fellow arts and heritage freelancers. This event responds to feedback from the wider network who asked for more opportunities to get together outside of our annual conference.

All arts and heritage freelancers welcome. Meet in the first floor bar area. Drop-in.

This is a Museum Freelance Network event for freelancers, by freelancers. Free but please book via EventBrite so we know numbers. 

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