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People don’t just put exhibitions on, it takes work. The website is very good at telling people how everything comes together and how exhibitions take time to put together. It’s got loads of information and I think that the videos really help because it shows different people’s views on stuff. It gives ideas from other people’s point of view. It shows you what other students have done so you can compare your own work to theirs. It interests me to see what new things are going and what other people’s opinions are and what they are thinking about and if they have the same opinions as me. It shows you how we can do it from now, at your age, instead of people older than you. It proves that we can actually do something. Usually adults are like you can’t do this, you are a child but it gives you more responsibility. It’s just more involved for us and our age group. I’ve learnt about a lot of different qualifications that you need for different jobs and I have found out about a lot more jobs in media that I didn’t know before. I found it interesting that there were different types of jobs in a museum and not just the artistic side of it.
I have learnt how to get into the jobs instead of just going out there and expecting to get them. Without the website, I don’t think I would know about those jobs. I think people saw galleries as a place with art but now I think people know that there are subjects within it and stories within art. Using the website has changed my opinion about museums and art galleries because I now know how they are put together and what other people think of them so I can develop my opinions more. I think it’s changed how I see it. Before I used to just think that galleries weren’t that fascinating. I thought that museums wasn’t my type of thing. I think I have learnt more about different writers and things I wouldn’t have known about before. When you go to the gallery all the text and everything is not olden style, it is all modern and new. It draws your attention to the gallery a bit more. Makes you think they have put a lot of time into it and how have they done and just asking questions like that. The whole idea of inspiration from the galleries and how that interprets into the creative media industry and how people use that in the work. I think it’s really inspiring.
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Creative Careers takes you behind the scenes of these two exhibitions and offers inspiration, ideas, skills and practical experience about working in museums and galleries. Discover how to create an exhibition; run a marketing campaign; design an exhibition space, learn how to organise events and hear how museums professionals started in their careers. There’s inspiration for assignments, real-life resources and career pathways.

This website has been developed by the National Portrait Gallery in partnership with Museums Sheffield, Southampton Museum & Art Gallery, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery and Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens in collaboration with our technology partner Atticmedia.

Special thanks go to our Advisory Group of practitioners and subject specialists across the five regions of the partnership: Brigidin Crowther – SERO Consultancy (Sheffield); Alan Lemin – Head of Educational Partnerships, Plymouth College of Art (Plymouth); Laura Langridge – Regional Line of Learning lead (Sunderland); Shani Clarke – Curriculum Team Leader, Media & Theatre, City College (Southampton); Angela Slocumbe – teacher, City and Islington College (London); Emma Yates – National Diploma Line Lead (Creative & Media) Diploma Support, Specialist Schools and Academies Trust; Sophie Leach – teacher, NSEAD (London).

This project was made possible through generous funding from the Department of Culture Media and Sport and the Department of Education.