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Date: Wednesday 20th October 2021

If you need an extra pair of hands, an unbiased and independent perspective, a critical friend, or expertise you lack in-house, then appointing freelance support can help!

Freelancers and consultants bring a wealth of experience, skills and flexibility to your museum, offering additional resource and expertise for specific projects and activities. Freelance and consultancy fees can be included applications to many funders, such as Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants and the Heritage Fund’s National Lottery Grants for Heritage.

But would you know how to commission a freelancer? What makes a really good brief? Do you understand freelancer employment rights? And what would you do if something went wrong?

This two hour session with Christina Lister, Museum Freelance, will help you understand best practice for appointing and working with freelancers, to ensure your work together is mutually respectful, beneficial and fair.

By the end of the session, you will:

  • Be able to write a good freelance brief
  • Know how to commission freelancers in an inclusive, fair and transparent way
  • Understand the legalities, rights and responsibilities for both freelancers and clients
  • Understand contracts, work and plans and effective working relationships
  • Understand what could go wrong and how to prevent this
  • Have gained insight into budgets, pricing and day rates
  • Know where to find freelancers
  • Understand the findings from the Museum Freelance 2020 survey, including who freelances in the sector, their motivations, experiences and common challenges they face

The session will have plenty of interactive elements and opportunities for questions and discussion.

You said, we listened! This session has been programmed following feedback from participants at our grant focused Coffee and Chatter on 7 January. A huge thank you to everyone who attended the session for your insight and honesty.

About Christina

Christina Lister is an award-winning marketing and audience development consultant, empowering cultural organisations to connect with their audiences. She undertakes strategy, training, facilitation and research work for her clients, which have included the Science Museum Group, the Museum of London, Jane Austen’s House, the Museum of Cambridge and the Association for Independent Museums.

She co-founded Museum Freelance in 2015. Christina is a former National Freelancer of the Year Runner-Up, a member of the Arts Marketing Association and Visitor Studies Group, and a school governor. @christinalister

No more than two delegates per organisation. Priority will be given to delegates from non-NPO and non-National museums in the West Midlands which are Accredited or officially Working Towards Accreditation.

The sessions will be live captioned by MyClearText and StageText.

All participants will receive an email containing a Zoom link prior to the event. The email will be sent to the email address used for booking. If you have not received an email by the day before the event please contact us.

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Working with Freelancers
Wednesday 20 October, 10am-12noon

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