Voices from the Gallery: Engagement & Audiences


Clore Leadership is delighted to be partnering with Art Fund on an exciting new programme of activity focusing on change making and leadership in the galleries and museums sector. These sessions will inspire, inform and activate, showcasing best practice and exciting work taking place in galleries and museums right now.

The Webinar

In Voices from the Gallery: Engagement & Audiences our speakers will share personal case studies from their work in the sector, highlighting their challenges and successes and offering actionable advice and tips. Topics will include community co-working; the impact of Covid on who and how; pivoting to digital / hybrid models, and how change piloted over the pandemic has changed gallery and museum audience engagement forever.


The Speakers

Jen Ridding, Head of Public Engagement,The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Jen trained as a secondary art teacher and over the last thirteen years has developed a creative learning practice, working in both contemporary and historic gallery and museum settings.

At the Barber Institute Jen leads on Public Engagement, which encompasses the Visitor Services and Learning and Engagement teams, who work together to deliver best practice and sector-leading engagement.  Jen directs the Barber’s audience development strategy with a particular focus on developing innovative HE student and academic engagement, nurturing new audiences and creating innovative programmes.  Jen is strategic lead on the flagship Barber Health programme which places arts, health and wellbeing at the heart of the Barber’s audience engagement, learning and outreach.  In 2019 she designed the Barber Lates programme and in 2020 co-designed the Barber’s innovative digital engagement programme, Barber Home.  Action research, reflective practice, creativity and collaboration are all central to Jen’s approach.

Ian Read, Head of Participation and Learning, Lakeland Arts

Ian Read is head of participation and learning for Lakeland Arts. Most of his work relies on charitable donations, trusts or funding so he has a good knowledge of funders in the heritage and arts sectors.

He loves working with young people, arts and participation. He sees art and creativity as being important in taking communities forward and thinking differently.

Robyn Kasozi, Head of Public Engagement, Migration Museum

Robyn has a background in communications, public engagement and events, having developed and delivered campaigns and outreach programmes for exhibitions, NGOs and private-sector clients. She has worked on projects for organisations including the National Autistic Society, Action for Southern Africa, ONE and Festival Republic. In 2018 she coordinated digital communications and outreach for the Nelson Mandela Centenary exhibition at London’s Southbank Centre.

Robyn holds a BA in Politics and Hispanic Studies from the University of Sheffield and is currently completing an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development at SOAS, University of London. Her academic interests in structural and symbolic violence, diversity and inclusion, and ethnographic research, underpin and inform her professional work.

The Host

Amanda Smethurst

Amanda is an independent consultant, coach and facilitator with a particular focus on organisational development, and strategic planning within the cultural sector, and a passion for supporting people to understand what makes their heart sing.

The theme of working with individuals and organisations to support their development has run through her career in a range of roles from Director of Artlink, Widening Participation Manager for a partnership of Yorkshire Universities, Manager of the Arts Service for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and at Arts Council England as Director, London; as well as in her freelance work - and this is still what excites and intrigues her now.


Refunds on customer cancellations

We do not offer refunds and are not able to transfer bookings to other events for bookings made and subsequently cancelled by the customer.


Postponement or cancellations by Clore Leadership

Clore Leadership reserves the right to postpone or cancel an event if necessary. This will only be under exceptional circumstances and Clore Leadership will endeavour to provide as much notice as possible. In this instance your place will either be automatically transferred to another course or a refund will be issued.

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