The Institute for Professional Practice in Heritage and the Arts is considering developing a membership program. Notification will be made on any future membership call on this website at a later date.
It is proposed that membership of the Institute will be open to individuals with direct experience or responsibility in the heritage or arts sectors within Australia and internationally. Criteria have been established to welcome a wide range of people as members as long as there is demonstrated substantial commitment to or experience within the heritage and arts sectors.
The membership base will form a virtual community of individuals who have an interest in their own personal professional practice as well as collective practice within their fields of interest. The Institute will support communities of practice who can address particular issues of professional practice - 'the how and why of what we do'.
It is hoped the membership base will grow to include early career professionals through to those with pre-eminent professional experience. The activities of the Institute will encourage communication between professionals at various stages of career development as well as enhancing dialogue within and between disciplines and across private and public sectors.
The Institute will act to enhance networking and communication amongst people involved in the heritage and arts sectors. It will do this by offering a range of services to benefit members including:
- maintaining a list of members indicating experience and interests in various areas of professional practice and professional development;
- hosting a website featuring activities and information of interest to professional practice in these sectors;
- encouraging informal networking between members;
- providing forums of interaction between members working in the private sector, government agencies and educational institutions;
- providing forums of interaction between working professionals in the heritage and arts sector and students aspiring to work in these sectors;
- professional development activities targeted at the needs of members;
- offering opportunities for visiting fellowships with the Institute through the RSH Fellowship program to assist with engagement between academia and industry around issues in heritage and arts theory and practice; and
- profiling the work of members where it fulfils the criteria for projects associated with the Institute.
Institute membership is open to individuals only. Organisations wishing to develop a relationship with the Institute should seek involvement as Organisational partners or through project associations.