Arts/Media Technical Event – 15th February, Manchester

Arts/Video TechnicianThe IST is currently exploring the development of an arts/media/digital technician skills framework with a view to introducing professional registration, and to that end we thought it would be an excellent opportunity to hold an event specifically designed for technical managers  and their staff working in these environments so that they can have an input into the framework development.

We have an exciting day planned on 15th February 2019 at Manchester Metropolitan University 10:00 – 15:10.

The days agenda is as follows:

10:00 – Arrive and Refreshments
10.15 – Introduction and Purpose of the Day
10.25 – Keynote Talk: The importance of the art and digital roles
11.00 – Progress on the Register so far and Intention moving forward
11.20 – Discussion Group Work on the topics of:

  1. Gaining engagement from arts, media and digital technicians – what are the barriers and how can we overcome these.
  2. What are the challenges facing arts techs? Are these the same issues as more science and engineering oriented technicians?
  3. What would your creative arts register look like – work in groups to come up with appropriate competencies.

12.10 – Feedback from above and work on what competencies.
12.45 – Lunch and Networking (Food provided on the day)
13.30 – Two talks from MMU arts and media technicians
13.50 – Walk to Arts Building
14:00 – Tour of MMU Arts Spaces
15:00 – Final Comments and Actions From Day
15:10 – End of Day

The IST therefore invites technical managers to attennd with a least one member of their technical staff, and if individual managers are unable to attend please send a representative in your place. Ideally we would like managers to

1) commit to the pilot project along with at least 1 other person in their organisation
2) commit two people from your organisation.
As part of the pilot project, we have offered professional registration as a Registered Practitionr at a discounted rate at £49 per person (which covers membership and registration for 1 year). We would like attending managers to cojfirm that they are in prepared to commit to one of the above options.

We are very much looking forward to this event in February, as we believe it is time to increase the momentum to ensure that we have registration framework in place to celebrate the much needed and often unrecognised skills and abilities from technicians in the arts/media and digital sector. So please take this opportunity of helping with this iniative, it is long-overdue.