Breathing Space mini-residency

 Breathing Space mini-residency

We are very excited to launch our first residential weekend offering peer-to-peer support for Museum Managers and Curators

Friday 24th February (6pm-ish) – Sunday 26th February (11am-ish)

Kirkmichael Apartments, Kirkmichael near Pitlochry


A 2-day professional development opportunity for early to mid career curator/managers in the Highlands.

Curator/managers often find themselves focusing on the organisational aspects of their roles, caught up in a never-ending list of deadlines, unanswered emails, evaluations and budgetary concerns. The aim of this residency is to give them the opportunity to share their experiences, enrich their practice and explore in depth issues, concerns, possibilities and opportunities in a safe non-judgmental environment.

The residency will include:

  • Facilitated getting to know each other time 
  • One-to-one skills sharing sessions
  • One-to-one idea sharing with peer response
  • Group discussion and problem solving

MHH understands that some participants may have genuine concerns about sharing their ideas or challenges with others. While all participants should know in advance that some degree of sharing is key to gaining as much as possible from the workshops, it is also understood that there is some need for privacy and you will not be asked to discuss anything that you would prefer to keep private. 

This residency will be supported and facilitated by Tamsin Russell. Tamsin is based in Fife and has worked in the cultural sector for over 20 years leading on learning and professional development from formal leadership programmes to action learning sets, from careers advice to coaching. Tamsin joins with an understanding of the sector, and the Scottish landscape specifically.

‘I am really delighted to be holding this space for curator/ managers, my philosophy has always been if we all share, we all learn – and this programme is grounded on that belief.’

The course will be open to a maximum of 6 curator/managers, who will be chosen by application. Participants will be selected based upon their shared needs and stage of career: it is hoped that participants will be working at a similar level to maximise their opportunities for sharing experiences and learning. The course is open to all those who have some experience working as a curator/manager for at least 1 year. You must also be resident in the Highlands & Islands or Moray at the time of application.

All residential costs (accommodation and meals) will be covered by Museums and Heritage Highland. Participants are only required to pay an attendance fee of £50 (£100 for non-members) and cover their own travel expenses to Pitcairlie House (we will organise car-sharing for this to reduce costs as much as possible).

This opportunity is funded through the Museums Galleries Scotland Forum’s Fund project and is made possible with The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players.

How to Apply
Please send a current CV and personal support statement explaining why you would like to take part (in particular, why now?), think about what you would want to leave the weekend knowing/feeling/being able to do and please state what skills you would like to share and the key issue you would like to discuss with the group.

This opportunity is open to all. If you have any access requirements please include these in your personal statement so that we can ensure your needs are met.

Email these to Nicola Henderson,  no later than 5pm on Wednesday 21st December. Applicants will be notified of the decision by Wednesday 11th January.