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The cultural sector is in flux. Change and leadership are necessary and can happen at any level in the organisation. Especially early career professionals want to break through barriers and change existing structures. They want to experiment and be more inclusive, both when it comes to programming and staff hires. Sometimes they achieve this from within a traditional organisation, but sometimes they are freelancers or simply set up their own platform or project. This is hard work, it asks for vision, stamina and a strong network. And even then it’s not easy to truely change things. How can you become a leader, when you are not in charge?

19:00 – 21:00
also this evening

Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Standaard€ 7,50

Where do you start? How can you start your leadership journey and how do you create a ‘safety net’ for yourself? What qualities are needed for your work, idea or beliefs to have an impact?

How do you make space for reflection? The workload is immense, job security almost non-existent and there is so much competition out there. It’s tempting to focus on making a good impression, keeping your head down and just doing the work. But if you want to create change, you will need to do more. It is important to gather with peers, share ideas and reflect on your work. How can we make time for reflective practice?

How do you keep going? Change doesn’t happen overnight and you will meet resistance along the way. How can you prepare yourself for what lies ahead, how do you keep motivated and avoid burn-out? How can you keep yourself going and achieve change one little step at the time?


Mirjam Sneeuwloper has been an educator at Amsterdam Museum for almost 9 years and has initiated several participatory projects that question the traditional operation of museums, such as Queering the Collections and Voices of Tolerance. Lorna Cruickshanks, freelance museum consultant and employed at Erfgoedacademie within the project Faro - Heritage & Participation. Lorna Cruickshanks has worked with organisations such as the British Museum, Geffrye Museum and Allard Pierson. Danielle Carter is a freelance editor and consultant.

Practical info

This event will be in Dutch, but can facilitate participation from audience members who wish to respond in English. There will be a limited number of tickets available. It is advisable to reserver your tickets on time. Would you really like to attend, but is the cost of the ticket prohibiting you to do so? Please get in touch with the organisers via

Thursday Night at Het Nieuwe Instituut
Luca Napoli

Thursday Night Live! is a weekly programme of lectures, screenings and discussions on architecture, design and digital culture. Developments and critical insights are discussed by thinkers, designers and makers from the Netherlands and abroad.