Booking now open for Conference 2019

We’re delighted to share that booking has now opened for AGENTS OF CHANGE: Driving and dealing with change as a freelancer in the cultural sector. For the full programme and to book please visit:

The conference is a Museum Freelance Network event for freelancers, by freelancers and will be held at Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester 10.30am – 4.30pm on Thursday, 14 March 2019.

About the conference

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 at The Portico Library that evening for anyone who is staying on.

For the full programme and to book please visit:

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