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June 19, 2019

NetworkTraining programme for English speaking Africa “Museum futures today: relevant, meaningful and responsible”

Museum professionals from different countries of English speaking Africa will have the opportunity to meet in South Africa to develop their skills in community and stakeholder engagement. The training workshop, entitled “Museum futures today: relevant, meaningful and responsible”, will encourage the participants to rethink their role as museum workers and as participants and partners in social and community change.

This programme will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, from 4 to 8 November 2019, and a series of grants will be offered to 25-30 participants.

The workshop is organised by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and IZIKO Museums of South Africa, and thanks to the support of the National Museum of African American History & Culture, Smithsonian Institution.

The programme trainers will be Nomusa Makhubu, Senior Lecturer of Art History and Visual Culture, University of Cape Town, and Paulina Roblero, Head of the Communications and Audience Development Department, Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art.

Call for applications – Criteria

To apply for this programme, candidates should meet the following criteria:

  • Be an ICOM member or commit to joining ICOM if selected;
  • Occupy a middle-management museum position in a English-speaking African country;
  • Be no more than 45 years of age;
  • Fluent in English.


Applications must be accompanied by the following documents in English:

  • A Curriculum Vitae of the candidate indicating training, work experience, publications and current work responsibilities (one or two pages maximum);
  • A fully completed Application Form (see below);
  • A motivation statement (one page);
  • A letter of recommendation from the director of the candidate’s institution;
  • Proof of payment of 2019 membership fees, if applicable (copy of the ICOM card with 2019 sticker or official document from the National Committee);
  • A copy of the first page of the candidate’s passport (ID for South African candidates). IMPORTANT: Your passport needs to be valid at least until 30 April 2020.

All applications should be submitted through the online form before midnight (CET+1), August 08, 2019.

Types of grants

Two types of grants will be offered to ensure the participation of the selected participants:

For museum professionals coming from English speaking countries in Africa (excepting those living in Cape Town) the programme will cover:

  • participation costs;
  • roundtrip economy-class air/bus ticket;
  • accommodation;
  • meals and coffee breaks.

For participants living in Cape Town:

  • participation costs;
  • lunches and coffee breaks.

Visa costs, insurance coverage and other expenses not explicitly stated above are at the expenses of the participants.