Archive for October, 2015


#MakeMcr on Spacehive – match pledges

Support for Manchester crowdfunders gets a boost. Match pledges of up to £1,000 (up to 50% of your target) OPEN NOW.

To apply, register your project on Spacehive and link it to the #MakeMCR hive.

Then in your project dashboard click TOOLS to find out about the #MakeMCR and other Pledge Pots.

Click here for more information.

Vacancies & Opportunities

Media and Marketing Manager

Bluecoat is Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts. Our landmark building, located in the heart of the city centre, is home to a year-round programme of exhibitions, music, dance, literature, live art and heritage events. Bluecoat also provides a base for around thirty artists, collectives, small arts organisations and craftspeople.

Bluecoat receives more than 600,000 visits annually from a diverse range of visitors. We seek to engage the broadest possible audience with exciting contemporary work and the creators behind it through a programme of considered engagement opportunities. We are shaping our organisation to create a unique arts centre which enables the public’s enjoyment of the building to blend seamlessly with the arts, heritage, retail and hospitality on offer to create exceptional arts experiences.

In 2017 we will celebrate the 300th anniversary of our distinctive Grade One listed building, the oldest in Liverpool city centre. The tercentenary provides a unique opportunity for us to engage with new audiences and stakeholders, to share our rich heritage and to invite them to be part of our future.

Bluecoat: a brief history

In 1908 a group of artists moved into the former Blue Coat School building in Liverpool city centre and the space has been synonymous with art and artists ever since, playing a major part in Liverpool’s cultural life. Bluecoat expanded and flourished from the 1960s onwards with a regular public programme of exhibitions, music, live art and dance. A working community of artists has always been present with creative businesses and small arts organisations added to the mix over the years. In 2008, Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture, Bluecoat reopened after a 3-year capital redevelopment which resulted in significant improvements to physical access as well as the creation of a brand new arts wing.

Bluecoat: purpose and values

Our purpose is to open up new possibilities for individuals and communities by

  • offering experiences of the arts that are resonant, distinctive and profound
  • helping diverse artists to find their voice, develop their work and sustain their practice
  • opening our historic building to makers, traders and visitors
  • making connections, virtual and live, between the culture of Liverpool and the rest of the world

Our work is shaped and developed by creating a sense of place, and through dialogue and collaboration with artists, partners, participants and audiences within and beyond our building. We are committed to values of equality, diversity and sustainability, and drive our work through being creative, inclusive and supportive.

Through our Engagement Unit we are developing an approach to support a new depth of interaction with our programme for existing and new audiences. The diversity of methodologies we use reflects our understanding of the need for a sophisticated and finely calibrated audience development plan to underpin our continued commitment to support diverse audiences to access our programmes.

Main purpose of the job:

The successful candidate for this new role will increase public engagement and raise the profile of Bluecoat through dynamic and proactive management of media relations and marketing. You will manage and develop a small team, maximising the impact of limited resources at an exciting time for the organisation, the run up to the 300th anniversary of our building in 2017. Your genuine passion for the contemporary arts, excellent organisational skills and extensive experience of PR and marketing in the cultural sector, will support you in ensuring the effective communication of a complex offer to a range of audiences, media outlets and stakeholders.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

Media Relations

  1. Develop and implement a media relations strategy and action plan that ensures that all appropriate aspects of Bluecoat’s work receive media coverage.
  2. Take responsibility for developing and maintaining positive relationships with press and media contacts locally and nationally in general and specialist sectors.
  3. Ensure that media contacts lists are maintained and developed.
  4. Write press releases and other copy as required.
  5. Work with the Head of Engagement and other advisors to determine Bluecoat’s strategic response to the news agenda and act as spokesperson as required.
  6. Host visits to Bluecoat by press and media contacts, arranging interviews with colleagues and artists, tours and previews as appropriate.
  7. Provide an “out of hours” service for press enquiries.
  8. Produce and commission written features and news stories for Bluecoat’s website.
  9. Keep accurate records of all media activity for regular reporting and archival purposes.

Marketing and Communications

  1. Ensure all communications (internal and external) are on brand and appropriate to audience, advising colleagues where necessary on style and copy editing.
  2. Develop and implement a marketing strategy and action plan which ensures an integrated approach across print, advertising and digital campaigns.
  3. Develop and implement a plan to improve levels of data capture across the organisation and regularly produce analytical reports to inform decision-making.
  4. Manage the production and distribution of all print and digital communications.
  5. Manage relationships with a range of individual designers, companies and other freelance professionals in the creation of on- and off-line materials.
  6. Support the Development team in delivering agreed sponsor benefits.
  7. Develop and maintain relationships with our immediate neighbours, driving the strategic planning and delivery of Bluecoat Quarter events and promotions.

Audience Development

  1. Manage an ongoing programme of audience research, analysing data and producing reports to share internally and externally and using data to inform audience development initiatives.
  2. Work closely with colleagues in Front of House to develop and run a CRM system to improve loyalty and retention and in the Development Unit to ensure integration with fundraising.
  3. Work with colleagues across the Engagement Unit to support access to our programmes for new audiences in specific target groups identified in Bluecoat’s Equality Action Plan.

General Duties

  1. Represent Bluecoat as required at meetings, public events, trade fairs etc
  2. Engage in, and often drive, cross-unit working.
  3. Carry out all duties with full regard to Bluecoat’s Equal Opportunities and Health and Safety policies.
  4. Carry out any other duties as required.

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Vacancies & Opportunities

Music External Verifier (BTEC)

We are looking to recruit and train BTEC practitioners for the below role;

– Music External (also known as Standards) Verifier (BTEC QCF)


External/Standards Verifiers undertake sampling of centres’ assessment and internal verification decisions in order to confirm that national standards have been met. They provide support to centres during the sampling process and produce targeted actions for centres where national standards are not being upheld.


– Experience (at least one year) of delivering and assessing vocational qualifications (BTEC, Higher Nationals, Work Based Learning, NVQ’s etc)

– A commitment to quality assurance

-Good working knowledge of the specifications for the subject area you will specialise in.

Additional Information:

A role/person specification is attached at the bottom of our application page.

Most SVs normally carry out sampling from home, but some sectors involves visits to centres.

Details of the fees are attached on our application page.

Closing date: Thursday 19th November.


See more here


Artistic Routes for Talented People aged 13 – 25

The skills development programme will include:

  • Drawing and Painting
  • Printmaking and Collage
  • Digital Photography
  • Sculpture and Ceramics
  • Portfolio Development

The 12-week courses will develop your arts knowledge

  • Work with a Freelance Artist
  • Research Art movements and Key Artists
  • Gain Insight into the Creative Industries
  • Curate an Exhibition

Opportunities to work towards Bronze/Silver/Gold Arts Award!


WEDNESDAY’s – 5.00 pm – 7.30 pm
Bolton Smart Enterprise
Fuse 2 Studios, Units 24-25, Bolton Enterprise Centre
Washington Street, Bolton. BL3 5EY


To Book a place contact

Lynda or Michelle

Tel. No. 01204 537735




Crowdfunding workshop with Bolton CVS

See this CrowdfundUK workshop with Bolton CVS, 14th December.

Email Helen Tomlinson for more information.