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Accessible Interpretation in Practice
Online
One-off
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This three week virtual course will provide insight and inspiration to help you plan for and implement accessible interpretation in your organisation.

Who is it for?

This course is suited to learning professionals who wish to develop their understanding and practice of accessible, inclusive interpretation. It compliments GEM’s Heritage Interpretation and Developing SEND-Inclusive Learning with Confidence courses.

Who runs the course?

Lead by Sam Bowen of SEND in Museums and Sarah Oswald from The Authentic Spark who bring professional knowledge and personal experience to the course. They will be joined by guest speakers from a range of heritage organisations sharing their approach to developing and delivering accessible interpretation.

When and where is it?

The course will be delivered through three x 2 hour online sessions (via Zoom) over three consecutive weeks as well as ‘at home’ activities. Participants are highly encouraged to take part in the live online sessions but there will also be the ability to engage with the recorded sessions afterwards.

Each session will include relevant case studies from guest speakers, Q&A and a chance to discuss learning with other participants in small break-out rooms. Over the three weeks you will be invited to put the learning into practice through:

Undertaking an accessible interpretation audit of your chosen site / experience
Identifying areas for improvement and developing accessible interpretation ideas
Sharing and discussing audit findings with each other
By the end of the course you will have identified one thing you could do to improve or develop accessible interpretation for your chosen site / experience.

Week 1 (2nd July) – Planning for accessible interpretation

An introduction to the best practice principles of heritage interpretation and to the guidance, standards and best practice for access provision, and how these relate.

Week 2 (9th July) – What ‘good’ and ‘not so good’ SEND provision in museums looks like

A background to SEND and the impact of accessible spaces. Sharing lived experience and case study examples of what works and doesn’t work and how we can do better

Confirmed guest speaker: Marie Kennedy, Cambridge University Museums

Week 3 (16th July) – Interpretation inside and out

Looking at case studies and examples of accessible interpretation good practice in both indoors and outdoors heritage settings.

Confirmed guest speakers:

Claire Fox, The Sensory Trust will be sharing real examples of sensory-rich outdoor interpretation
Lesley Palanker-Jermyn, Tyne & Wear Museums sharing practical case study of sensory indoor interpretation
How much is it?

£150 – GEM Members

£190 – Non-members

When is it?

2nd July, 9th July, 16th July 2024, 10am to 12noon.

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Anti-Racism and Human Rights
Online
Permanent (online)
Anti-Racism and Human Rights: Understanding and confronting racism, discrimination and inequality

Learn about the anti-racism movement in the UK and what you can do to champion it in your everyday life.

£79
Not free
Creative Courage
Online
One-off
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Creative Courage is a new programme from 64 Million Artists designed to give you the space to reflect on what is next for you, the courage to do it, and the community to support you.

In challenging times, finding the energy and time for yourself to make change can be difficult. Whether it’s implementing new habits, finding a new job, putting an idea into the world, starting a family, moving on from old relationships, change is hard at the best of times. But when the world feels heavy and time is squeezed, this can feel even harder.

At 64 Million Artists we believe that accessing our creativity can help give us the energy for the change we want to make in our lives, and in the world around us.

This 6 month programme will give you time and structure to nurture your creativity, make time for self-reflection, connect with others, and develop a structured approach to exploring new possibilities and making commitments to yourself.

Whatever the change is you want to see in your life; whether you’re a parent or carer, a team leader or manager, a graduate, someone retiring, a dreamer or just someone looking to rekindle a spark in yourself; this programme is designed to help you understand the change you want, and implement it with curiosity, care and courage.

Course fee: £300
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Dance and Health - Advancing Your Practice
Greater London, Other (in person)
One-off
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A new professional development programme for artists working at the extraordinary intersection of dance and health.

Be nurtured, and learn how to nurture.

Connect, and learn how to bring people into connection.

Dance, and learn how to enrich people's lives with dance.

As the number of dance and health initiatives multiply, in response to severe population health challenges and devastating world events, there is a need to skilfully equip and grow the number of artists delivering the work.

The Dance and Health - Advancing Your Practice training opportunity has been designed by artists for artists, in response to this need. It is an invitation to expand your practice, refining artistic and facilitation skills, within a community of care.

This training adopts an iterative ‘learn by doing’ approach to development, in which artists are guided to interrogate, evolve and sustain their practice - individually and collectively.

It offers space for artists (who often work in isolation) to come together to resource themselves, learn from one another, engage with reflexive practice, and explore both the rewards and complexities of working in the field of dance and health.

The programme is underpinned by both ancient and contemporary perspectives on health and healing, offering broader context to artists’ existing and emergent practice. Specifically, this will support artists in designing dance experiences with a focus on health and wellbeing.

Although this is primarily a practice based training programme, trainees are encouraged to engage with recommended texts and contribute to conversation spaces (see training focus areas in the programme PDF for more information).

Who is it for?

Dance artists, with facilitation experience, who work in community and / or health contexts.

Applicants should have a strong and regular dance / movement practice and be working in the field. The training is delivered across four months to allow trainees to apply their learning and evolve their practice in context, alongside the programme.

In recognition of the fact that dance and health is a broad field, we also welcome applications from;

Dancers who are transitioning from a performance career to participatory dance work

Dance movement therapists working in group settings

Somatic movement practitioners with professional training and experience in dance

Health practitioners with an established dance practice looking to integrate their work

We are looking for artists who;

Are experienced in facilitation

Have experience of dancing with people with a variety of abilities and / or health challenges

Need to advocate for the how and whys of their work to a dance and / or health audience

Can commit time to developing themselves and their practice, in community

Embrace mutuality and can communicate what they bring to a training cohort

Can attend all of the training dates detailed


The training involves both in person and online delivery.

IN PERSON DELIVERY

20, 21, 22, 23 June

3, 4 August

7, 8 September

The dates indicate all day activity.

In person delivery will be on the Hendon campus of Middlesex University in London, UK (NW4 4BT). It is essential that you are available for all in person activity.

ONLINE DELIVERY

14, 17 June (exact times TBC)

13, 14 July (exact times TBC)

22 July (exact time TBC)

12 August (exact time TBC)

13, 16 September (exact times TBC)

Online delivery will not last all day, but instead consist of bitesize sessions. It is encouraged that you attend ‘live’ in real time yet in any instance where a session is missed a recording can be provided.

Cost, travel and accommodation:

The cost of the training has been heavily subsidised by Middlesex University, therefore it is £295 for individuals and £495 if an organisation is paying for you to attend. This is the total cost for 8 days of in person training, plus an additional 8 sessions of online training.

Payment plans are available, yet if this cost presents a barrier for you please provide details in your application.

Where applicable you are responsible for covering the cost of your travel and accommodation. Discount accommodation can be booked at Middlesex University at a rate of approximately £30 per night. As availability may not be guaranteed it is offered on a first come first serve basis.

During and after the training, artists will;

Be part of an ongoing learning community

Belong to a network of dance and health professionals nationally / internationally

Receive resources to support ongoing learning

Have access to a body of evidence to support your practice

Be provided with a professional reference (on request)

How to apply?

There are two application methods to choose from:

Complete the application form via the training webpage (www.emily-jenkins.com/training)
Review the questions (in the form) and video record your responses. Send the video file via wetransfer to emilyjanejenkins@gmail.com

We are welcoming applications up until Friday 19th April 2024, and will respond to all applicants by Tuesday 30th April 2024.

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Engaging with Schools: From Planning to Evaluation
Online
One-off
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This course will help you to become familiar with the needs of schools, discover effective marketing techniques and learn about how you can work in partnership to develop a successful programme.

Who is it for?

This course is for museum learning practitioners who are interested in deepening their knowledge of working with schools audiences. This course provides a great introduction to all aspects of engaging schools in museum learning programmes.

Who runs the course?
This four-week online course is run by Kara Wescombe Blackman, museum learning expert with over two decades of experience of working with collections, exhibitions and museums. With responsibility for learning, public programmes and visitor services for a number of prestigious museums in different settings, she has wide-ranging insights and practical experience to share, from engaging new audiences to creating new museum and learning spaces.

When & where is it?
This virtual course will take place over five weeks and will be run online through a series of virtual lectures. There will also be a possibility to engage with the recorded sessions afterwards.

Course Structure
Session 1: About Schools
Develop an understanding of different kinds of schools and about the primary and secondary school day and annual planning cycle so that you can plan and promote sessions more successfully. In this session we will also discuss the importance of getting to know local schools and successful marketing approaches you can use for different budgets.

Session 2: Developing programmes
Improve your knowledge of how to use collections and exhibitions to develop your programme, and how to involve teachers in creating your programme to meet their curriculum objectives. In this session we will also look at the primary, secondary curriculum, safeguarding and practical logistics.

Session 3: Delivering programmes
Explore how to deliver programmes and what makes a good learning experience for children. Grow your understanding of SEND and Quality First Teaching and how to ensure all your sessions can be differentiated to be inclusive. In this session we will explore the importance of writing good session plans and how to effectively involve and train freelancers and volunteers

Session 4: Evaluation and marketing
In this session learn about the value of self-assessment and tools you can use to evaluate programmes. Gain tips on how to promote your school programmes and how to work effectively with schools to promote your other programmes.

Course Fee:
£140 – GEM Members

£180– Non-members

Please note that a £30 fee applies if you cancel your booking.
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Evaluation for Arts, Culture & Heritage: Policy and Practice
Online
Permanent (online)
This self-guided course offers the opportunity to hear from experts, develop new approaches and build your evaluation skills and confidence.

Who is this evaluation skills course for?

Arts, culture and heritage sector professionals, managers and practitioners keen to learn more about the fundamentals of robust evaluation practice
Cultural sector senior leaders and board members
Freelance artists and practitioners
Early career arts and heritage sector professionals
Early career funders and policymakers
Students and academics interested in cultural management
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Foundation Course: Museum Learning
Online
Recurring
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Led by Course Director Pete Brown, the GEM Foundation Course on Museum Learning virtually explores a variety of topics relating to learning in museums, heritage and cultural settings, from access and inclusion to interpretation, from management to evaluation, interrogating different ideas and approaches to help you develop your skills and understanding.

Since the course first opened in 2015, participants have discovered new direction, succeeded in finding employment, produced exciting projects, and made change in their organisations. Each participant receives a year-long personal GEM membership to continue the learning and sharing beyond the course.

Facilitated Zoom lectures, online activities, curated discussion groups, virtual or physical cluster museum visits as well as networking with peers will be part of this online course which is now even more accessible to GEM members all over the world.

What will I gain?
GEM’s Foundation Course in Museum Learning will provide you with opportunities to develop, practise and demonstrate the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to be a museums and heritage educator. 10 live sessions complete with virtual visits, guest lectures and skills workshops will guide you towards completing a work-based assignment that will benefit not only you but your organisation too. You’ll be supported by an experienced course director, a group of like-minded peers, and a professional mentor within the sector.

“It was a fantastic course and has helped improve my confidence in the workplace. As the only person in charge of education, it has been great to have support and know that I am doing a good job. My mentor has been amazing, and if anything, having them has been the most beneficial part of the course.”

“Attending the course meant actually progressing some of the ideas for content and delivery of our learning programme, something that might otherwise not have progressed as far. The connection with my mentor has also been extremely beneficial and has helped progress my ideas and understanding massively.”

“I have managed to put so many of the great ideas the course gave me into action and lots more to come over the next few months.”

Who is it for?
GEM’s Foundation Courses are intended for those in their first year or so of their museum education career; or for those working in a different part of the heritage sector but wishing to take up an education position. Since this course is work-based, it is a requirement that applicants should be working or volunteering in the museums, heritage and cultural sector.

When does the course take place?
The course will take place over 10 weeks from November 2024 to January 2025.
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Groundwork: Designing & Implementing Support for Creative Practitioners
Online
One-off
Who is this for?

This training is for organisations commissioning and working with creative practitioners in the field of arts and health. This could include statutory and charitable organisations delivering community arts programmes (i.e social prescribing schemes) and arts organisations that commission artists. This training is not designed for individual artists.

How it Works.

Training groups are capped at a maximum of 20 participants to maximise involvement in discussions. Through a combination of knowledge sharing and facilitated group conversations this training will provide you with:

A greater understanding of supporting the needs of creative practitioners within the workplace, including working in a variety of venues with varying degrees of arts & health projects;

An action plan identifying achievable short and long term goals specific to your organisation or institution;

Peer-to-peer discussions exploring insights, challenges and solutions to supporting creative practitioners.

Groundwork builds on our experiences working on either side of the fence as both commissioned artists and working in commissioning roles in arts & health.

The training is comprised of three 2-hour online sessions covering the following:

Session 1.

Defining support — exploring the various support mechanisms that can be offered to create an environment where creative practitioners can flourish;

Exploring good and bad practice — identifying beneficial approaches and common challenges to providing sustainable support.

Session 2.

Means of offering support — exploring diverse ways in which support can be offered to creative practitioners with an individualised approach;

Developing a code of best practice for your organisation — considering formal and informal support, accessibility and flexibility, identifying existing and new resources.


Session 3.

Short and long term action planning — identifying individualised and achievable actions for your organisation

Developing a bespoke pledge to supporting creative practitioners — designing an ethos outlining your organisation’s sustainable commitment to how it supports creative practitioners.
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Training and Apprenticeship In Reminiscence Arts In Dementia Care
Greater London
One-off
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The European Reminiscence Network announces a new Training Course and Apprenticeship Scheme in Reminiscence Arts in Dementia Care - in partnership with the University of Greenwich.

This 2-day training course and apprenticeship scheme will be of interest to arts practitioners,
community arts workers, occupational and arts therapists, group workers, reminiscence practitioners, staff from health and social care services who are interested and/or experienced in positive approaches to dementia care.

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A. 2-day Training course In Reminiscence Arts in Dementia Care

You are invited to apply for a 2-day training course to be held at the University of Greenwich.

Venue: University of Greenwich Drama Building, Bathway, Woolwich, London SE18 6QX

Dates: Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th April 2024

Time: 9:30 – 17:00 on both days. A light lunch will be served.

This experiential course will be led by highly experienced reminiscence arts practitioners and trainers, with input from volunteers and former carers. It will be certificated by the European Reminiscence Network.

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B. 4-month Apprenticeship Scheme in Reminiscence Arts in Dementia Care

Up to 8 places are available for trainees on the above course to join our apprenticeship scheme for people who wish to become accredited facilitators of reminiscence groups for people with dementia and their carers.

The apprenticeship scheme involves attending, observing and participating in at least 6 out of 10 weekly group sessions of the “Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today” (RYCT) project involving local people with dementia and their family carers. There are a further 2-3 sessions, which will be led by the apprentices working in small groups.

Those who wish to become European Reminiscence Network accredited facilitators will also be required to give evidence of their ability to observe and reflect on the project through a written response, or an audio or video diary capturing their experience of the project, reflecting on the content and impact ofthe sessions and how far they have met the needs of the participating families. Those successfully completing these requirements will receive accreditation as RYCT facilitators from the European Reminiscence Network. Further details are available on request.

The training and apprenticeship scheme is part of a 10-country partnership, sharing and developing the European Reminiscence Network’s experience of running this highly successful 25-year project, (RYCT).

See www.rememberingyesterdaycaringtoday.com and www.europeanreminiscencenetwork.org

The cost of the 2-day training is £120, and for those joining the apprenticeship scheme, there will be a further £120 fee towards the support and evaluation provided by course leaders. There will be 2 bursaries available.

Please write to Pam Schweitzer at pam@pamschweitzer.com indicating your interest in the training course or your interest and availability for the training course and apprenticeship scheme together, enclosing a CV.