Archive for December, 2015

Vacancies & Opportunities

Assistant Producer Internship (Paid)

In 2016 we will celebrate our 50th anniversary, and we will mark the occasion with an exciting range of new projects.  To help deliver this programme we seek a new person to join our team for a period of six months.    MPA is looking for a special individual to make a real contribution to developing and delivering this evolving portfolio.   We are offering a new role, as Assistant Producer, working alongside one or more experienced project managers.  Our project managers have a lot of creative freedom in how they develop projects, and this will apply also to our new team member.

We are looking for a young graduate (or equivalent) keen to develop a career in socially engaged arts.  This will be a challenging role, but a brilliant development opportunity for the right person.  You will be able to demonstrate the capacity or the potential to enrich and refresh our practice, to take responsibility for developing specific elements of extended projects and possibly even to start originating project opportunities of your own.  There is some scope therefore for shaping the role and its workload to suit the skills and developmental needs of the individual appointed.

This is a paid post which is on a fixed term for six months at 30 hours per week.  We are looking for someone to start as early in February 2016 as possible.  The funding for this post requires the post holder to be, at the time of applying, aged 18–24 years old and you must be registered as unemployed with Jobcentre plus.

This post is funded by the Lancashire Creative Employment Programme through Creative Lancashire and the Creative People & Places funded organization, Super Slow Way.

Please do not send CVs, visit our BLOG for full details of how to apply.

The closing date is 12noon on Wednesday 27 January 2016.

To find out more about us and our projects look at our website, Facebook page and Vimeo channel.

Vacancies & Opportunities

Project Manager for Spodden Valley Revealed

We are looking for a special individual to join our team and manage the hugely exciting new project Spodden Valley Revealed.  You will be part of our dynamic team initiating and managing a busy portfolio of artist commissions and engagement projects. We seek an experienced, versatile project manager with an extensive range of skills, initially on a short term contract, but with the opportunity to build on a successful start and follow this brilliant project through to its conclusion. If you have a strong track record of developing high quality, project-based contemporary arts work, have affinities with landscape, heritage and/or archaeology and would like to contribute to the work of our team, we would love to hear from you. You can find out more on our website and our blog.

Closing date – 9am on Wednesday 13 January 2016.

Vacancies & Opportunities

Drama Practitioner

Location: London, Surrey, Berkshire, West Midlands, North West or Yorkshire

Length of role: From 3 days up to 36 days, plus 1.5 days of training

Payment: £240 per 3 day role

Dates: June to August 2016

Residential Requirements: Non-Residential

The Drama Practitioner Role

Drama Practitioners support up to twelve young people during the NCS Team Challenge, helping them to learn skills which enable them to interact with the local community. We are looking for passionate individuals with previous experience of facilitating drama groups and an interest in working with young people.  Successful candidates should be ready for a demanding but rewarding role as part of an intensive summer programme, and will engage their team with their community partner as much as with the skill they are learning.


The Drama Practitioner is responsible for leading three day sessions teaching drama skills to a team of up to twelve 15 – 17 year olds. The Practitioner also leads two visits to a local community group (including care homes, youth clubs and homeless centres) so that the young people can use the skills they have learnt to interact with the people that they meet. Finally, the Practitioner works with the young people to design and deliver a showcase performance.


The role involves:

  • Working with a different team of young people of varying experience and motivation each week in delivering drama based activities.
  • Motivating and encouraging the team of up to twelve young people to engage with their community group.
  • Working collaboratively with each team’s Senior Mentor to support and inspire young people.
  • Working with the young people to design and deliver a showcase performance about the team’s experiences with their community partner and on the programme.

About the Organisation and the NCS Programme


The Challenge is a fast-growing social enterprise that connects and inspires people across Britain to strengthen their communities. We work on a local level to bring together people from all ages, ethnicities and walks of life, connecting communities and building trust.

We are a major provider of the government’s National Citizen Service (NCS), a life-changing experience for 15-17 year-olds. In summer 2016, 42,000 young people across our regions will take part in our eighteen day intensive NCS programme. The scheme is available to young people from all backgrounds who get the chance to do outdoor activities, meet new people and give something back to their communities. By taking part they learn new skills and have a great experience they can put on their CVs or college applications. They achieve this by completing three challenges:

  • NCS Personal Challenge: Between four and seven socially mixed teams of young people bond through a week of challenging outdoor activities.
  • NCS Team Challenge: Teams return to their local area and learn skills in either Drama, Media, Photography, Enterprise, Music, Art or Sport. They use these skills to interact with the community and create a showcase performance for friends and family.
  • NCS Real Challenge: Teams work to design and deliver a campaign and social action projects that will bring the local community together. In order to gain funding and advice on their projects, the young people pitch to a ‘Dragons Den’ style panel of influential people in their community.

All young people who complete our NCS programme graduate and are signposted into year-round social action opportunities through The Challenge Society.


Our Seasonal Staff Expectations

  • Experience of working with young people. A belief in their potential and the ability to build rapport with them.
  • Energy and enthusiasm to enable young people to use their skills to learn from their community.
  • A willingness to take responsibility for delivering a challenging and safe experience for participants
  • Flexible with a creative and constructive approach to solving problems.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve successful and constructive results
  • We expect all staff to act as role models to our young people. In addition to the above this includes being organised, proactive, reliable and punctual.

Role Requirements

Candidates must demonstrate the following skills and characteristics:



  • Experience of facilitation and leading drama based sessions
  • Experience of working with young people. A belief in their potential and the ability to build rapport with them
  • Enthusiastic about motivating young people to use their skills to interact with their community
  • Ability to interpret the drama curriculum creatively to involve all young people
  • Flexible, with a creative and constructive approach to problem solving
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve successful results
  • A willingness to take responsibility for delivering a challenging and safe experience for participants



  • Experience of using drama in a community environment, e.g. with charities, schools or youth groups
  • Experience of working with diverse community groups
  • Experience of tailoring sessions to make them inclusive to the needs of all young people

 We also look for all employees to show the following characteristics:

  • Trust-building: Works hard to build trust with people. Brings together different groups of people.
  • Responsibility-taking: Takes responsibility for actions and attitudes. Claims and solves problems in the community.
  • Understanding and Empathy: Works to understand others – their strengths, fears and needs. Ready to stand up for someone who is different. Willingness to be prepared to lead by example and encourage others to do the same.


Additional Support Needs

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applications from a diverse range of people, including those with disabilities. We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to ensure that successful candidates are able to undertake the role that they are offered. You will be asked to tell us about any additional support needs at the post assessment stage but we encourage candidates to get in touch with any concerns or questions they may have either before or during the application process by emailing Sherry or Matthew at


Click here to apply.

Vacancies & Opportunities

Programme Manager, Music


A rare opportunity has arisen for a dynamic Music Programme Manager to join a small and high-performing team at the British Council Music Department. This role leads on the development of music programmes across all genres across 1 – 3 regions of the world, and will contribute to the development of cross-cutting, cross art-form and cross-Departmental programmes (English, Education and Society) as appropriate. The Programme Manager works closely with Arts Managers and other British Council staff overseas to agree programmes and activities which respond appropriately to local opportunity and context, contributing to the British Council’s cultural relations purpose. The Programme Manager provides the connection to the UK sector and is able to draw upon a wide-ranging knowledge of contemporary UK music across a wide range of genres and network of UK contacts to provide specialist advice, contributing directly to project design, implementation, management and evaluation.  S/he will manage relationships within the UK sector and support the management of finance, contracts, information and evaluation in relation to project delivery.


The British Council has offices in over 100 countries around the world, and was founded to create ‘a friendly knowledge and understanding’ between the people of the UK and wider world by making a positive contribution to the countries we work with, and in doing so making a lasting difference to the UK’s international standing, prosperity and security. The programmes we use to do this are wide-ranging and cover the arts, education, English, science and society.

Music Department is one of the six specialist art forms in Arts Group, and works with the British Council’s global network of offices to achieve significant impact and change by finding new ways of connecting and seeing each other through the arts.  Our aim is to see stronger creative sectors across the world that are better connected with the UK. We believe arts and culture are vital to prosperous, secure societies, and that offering international cultural connections and experiences strengthens their resilience. We are uniquely able to make a difference thanks to our extensive and diverse networks in the UK and internationally, enabling us to respond to the individual context of each place we work in. Our arts programme aspires to transform lives, building on the UK’s cultural and artistic strength and diversity.

In the Music team we use our connections and understanding of the UK contemporary music sector across all genres from classical to urban to advise and support our international colleagues on working with music within cultural relations programmes and provide a link to the UK. Together we develop projects to encourage showcasing, collaboration and professional exchange. We work in partnership with musicians, composers and music sector professionals to build relationships between the music sector in the UK and around the world.  We wish to extend our presence to the North of England through our office in Manchester.  We would prefer the role to be Manchester-based, but it  could potentially be based in London.

The successful candidate will:

Create opportunities for the UK music sector that encourage international showcasing, collaboration and professional exchange within a cultural relations context.

Contribute to developing the digital representation of Music Department’s work.

Work on multiple programmes with different cultural and operational contexts (resources, capacity, infrastructure, market, political).

Work within cross-departmental and multi-location teams to deliver music programmes within a large, complex international organisation.

Some of the main duties in this role are:

Leading in the development and presentation of specific project or programme proposals, including the music-related component of wider programmes, to ensure these are soundly based and gain approval.

Actively building professional networks and information channels that maintain an excellent understanding of relevant developments, stakeholders and opinion formers in the music sector (in both the UK and internationally), representing our work in music externally, to support the creation of high quality project and programme proposals.

Providing proactive advice and support to colleagues, particularly overseas, to ensure locally developed and/or implemented projects and programmes are high quality, cost effective and based on a genuine understanding of the key priorities and best practice within music.

Ensuring the provision, collation and analysis of participant and stakeholder feedback and other evaluation as appropriate on all relevant projects and programmes so their quality and effectiveness can be assessed and, recommend improvements.

Building and maintaining effective relationships with internal partners and stakeholders, to ensure effective, integrated and joined-up delivery of portfolio goals in a complex matrix environment.

Essential knowledge and experience:   

A good, wide knowledge of UK contemporary music across a range of genres, and the ability to make critical judgements.

A good network of contacts across the UK music sector.

Substantial recent professional experience in the UK music sector.

The ability to write effectively for a variety of different audiences.

More information about the role can be found here:

Role Profile.pdf

BC Behaviours.pdf


Generous pension
32 days annual leave
Flexible working policy
Childcare vouchers
Season ticket loan
Cycling Scheme

If you are interested and feel you are suitable for the role, please apply before Thursday 14th January 2016 at 23:59 GMT.


To apply click here.


Turn 2016

Turn 2016, our eighth annual platform for North West dancers + dance-makers, is calling for proposals. Taking place on Friday 22 + Saturday 23 April 2016 at Manchester’s Contact, Turn 2016 is a hÅb, Contact + Dance Manchester co-production.
North West* dancers and dance-makers (aged 18+) are invited to submit proposals of short pieces of work, works-in-progress or extracts of longer works for inclusion in this annual event. To get a feel for it, have a look at the 2015 programme + gallery.
Closing Deadline: 5pm, Friday 15 January 2016.
What Turn is looking for:
An open submission dance platform for North West* dancers + dance-makers:
● short finished pieces
● excerpts
● works in progress
● sited works in and around the building also welcomed

Apply here

Proposals should be for pieces with some live presence, 20 minutes maximum for show-type work, technically simple, adaptable to quick turnarounds and suitable for showing alongside other pieces.
Sited and intervention-based works in and around the venue (Contact) are also strongly encouraged.
We are also accepting proposals for video based work to be screened around the building.
* effectively Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire + Merseyside: NOT Yorkshire
What Turn is:
● a public platform;
● an opportunity for artists to meet, show and peer review work;
● an artist networking event;
● a selection platform for the Turn Prize (a small, supported commission, supported by Dance Manchester, Contact + hÅb).
We are looking for dance in any form which uses the artists’ creativity, has strong concept, original choreography and professional aspiration. For example, alongside Contemporary, we’d be interested in hearing about street dancers who are looking to choreograph a piece rather than to present a demonstration of skill; or classical work (from Ballet to Kathak, African and Chinese dance to Bharata Natyam) that is being re-imagined or re-explored, rather than a straight re-presentation of classical choreography.
Priorities are for high quality and exciting dance based work by North West artists, which has not been seen in Manchester before.


To apply:
1. Read the venue (Contact)’s tech specs + policies and procedures;
2. Complete and submit the proposal + monitoring forms
(Direct form links: +;
3. Include a short (compulsory) video submission — upload to your own YouTube/Vimeo or similar page and include the link in the proposal form; alternatively send via (or similar) to OR send a DVD to: hÅb, c/o Z-arts, 335 Stretford Road, Manchester, M15 5ZA. Video should be short (max 10 mins) and does not have to be high quality. It can be from a camcorder, digital camera or mobile phone. It really helps your proposal if you can show some of what you are proposing — rehearsal footage or a video sketch of ideas and style.
N.B. We would appreciate it if everyone could use the online form, but if you have significant difficulties contact for an offline version.

Taking place at Contact on 22 + 23 April 2016, Turn 2016 is presented by Word of Warning + Contact; co-produced by Dance Manchester, hÅb + Contact; supported using public funding through Arts Council England + funded by Manchester City Council.