The Understanding British Portraits professional network (UBP network) wishes to appoint a Programmer for an online event that forms part of its expertise-development activity for museum/gallery/heritage professionals in the UK. It continues the network’s commitment to support decolonising and anti-racist activity in the sector, examples of which include the November 2020 event ‘From De-colonial to Anti-colonial: What’s Next for Museum Interpretation?’ (programmed and chaired by Sonya Dyer), and the 2021 Fellowship programme, which was dedicated to enabling UK museum professionals to apply the principles of decolonisation within their collections.

This is an opportunity to have creative input into the programming of a professional development event focusing on the challenge of decolonising portrait collections and interpretation in a museum/gallery/heritage setting. Two years on from the online event ‘From De-colonial to Anti-colonial’, we hope to highlight the challenges and possibilities of institutional change; examples of positive, tangible progress; and the professional needs of those undertaking this important work. The Programmer will work with the event steering panel in developing themes and structure, and invite and brief contributors. The Understanding British Portraits Researcher/Co-ordinator will support the Programmer and will take a lead in the logistics planning of the event.

The Programmer role would suit a freelance coordinator with current knowledge of museum decolonisation theory and practice with reference to portrait interpretation, and some experience of developing CPD activity for a professional audience.