Professional Development Workshops

Professional and Career Development Workshops

Forthcoming Workshops:

The last Workshop was on:

'Public Engagement for Art Historians'
Professional Development Workshop
11am - 4pm, 13 February 2014
Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London

This was a really sucessful workshop. Many thanks to everyone involved. If you were unable to attend, but are keen to know more, you can now read the Event Summary

Art historians in all sectors are increasingly required to communicate their research to the public, whether in the context of museums or art galleries, schools, or other public arenas. How can we fund projects in an environment of severely limited resources? How can they best be delivered? And how can we evaluate projects so that we can inform future planning? This successful workshop explore these issues with experts working in the field.


Andrew Greg and Andrew Ellis

Art Detective as a medium for public engagement
Andrew Ellis, Director of the Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF), will introduce the work of the PCF, its collaboration with the BBC on the Your Paintings website and the upcoming Art Detective project. Art Detective will be a digital network for collections, art historians (and other experts), and interested and informed members of the public to help improve knowledge about oil paintings in public collections. Andrew Greg, Director of the National Inventory Research Project (NIRP) based at the University of Glasgow, the PCF’s academic partner, will explore how NIRP has brought together art historians with hundreds of public collections and the scope for longer term relationships. He will show how Art Detective can further develop such links and be an opportunity for art historians to share and engage with the public in the process of art history and connoisseurship.

Gill Hart
Gill has worked in Museum and Gallery Education since 2000. She started her career at the National Gallery London, contributing to the gallery’s Adult Learning Programme and managing the Access programmes between 2000 and 2005. Since 2005, she has worked for Glasgow Museums, managed the Art and Wellbeing programme at the Fitzwilliam Museum and was the Museums Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme between 2009-11. Gill returned to the National Gallery in November 2011 as Head of Adult Learning. Gill is an experienced teacher as well as creative programmer. Her research interests lie in exploring new approaches to interpretation and in particular developing models where different forms of expertise come together to deliver public engagement experiences.

Emily Pringle
Emily trained as a painter and worked for many years as an artist, educator, consultant and researcher in a range of cultural settings in the UK and internationally. She has a particular interest in the role of the artist in education contexts and in developing creative research and evaluation models. Her publications include 'What's with the Artist? Researching Practice with Visual Arts Practitioners' in Researching Creative Learning Methods and Issues (2011) and 'The Gallery as a site for Creative Learning' in The Routledge International Handbook of Creative Learning (2011). She is currently Head of Learning Practice and Research at Tate Gallery, London where she is responsible for strategic programme development and overseeing research and evaluation. She is the editor of the recent publication ‘Transforming Tate Learning’ which is available at

Concessions: £30, Members £40, Non-Members £55 (sandwich lunch provided)

Online booking. Please are limited and will offered on a first come first served basis. Participants from all sectors are welcome to come along.

Previous Events

'Public Engagement for Art Historians',
13 Feb 2014. Event Summary
'Using Social Media Usefully',
8 November 2013
'Freelance Lecturing',
8 October 2013
'Developing a Portfolio Career', 2 July 2013
'International Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities', 
12 February 2013,
‘Public Speaking Workshop for Art Historians’ 9th February 2012
'Copyright, Images and Digitisation' 25th October 2012



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