Training, Uncategorized

Connect: Design Thinking for Audience Development

The Audience Agency and Goldsmiths University are launching a pioneering new programme as part of a European partnership funded by Erasmus +

“This is a fantastic opportunity to take part in a free professional development programme co-created with some of Europe’s leading audience development thinkers and practitioners. It takes a very experiential approach to learning for those of us who prefer to learn-by-doing and introduces some of the best new ideas from the wider creative industries to help us evolve our engagement practice. Help us to shape this programme for the wider sector next year.”

Anne Torreggiani, The Audience Agency CEO

This ‘twin track’ programme brings culture professionals and post-graduate students together to develop and test strategic approaches to audience development, including an introduction to user-centred service design and action research. It consists of 7 one-day modules at Goldsmith’s College, London, combined with in-organisation development of an action research project. Participating organisations will host students on internships and all participants will be supported by an independent mentor. On completion of the programme, participants will receive a professional certificate from Goldsmith’s University.

Deadline for applications  15 October 2018

For more information



Source: Audience Agency



Research Executive / Senior Research Executive

Are you an experienced Researcher with a passionate interest in what makes people and organisations tick? If you’re interested in contributing to the strategic growth of an exciting company then this could be the role for you.

We’re looking to grow our UK team with experienced Research Executives / Senior Research Executives. We’re recruiting for two positions, one will be a permanent position and the other will be a 12 month fixed term maternity cover contract.

Morris Hargreaves McIntyre are the largest cultural strategy and research agency in the UK. Based in Manchester, and with offices in New Zealand and Australia, we specialise in organisational development, strategic planning, audience insight and market research, brand development, audience development, segmentation, product development, income development and impact evaluation within the arts, cultural, heritage, leisure, higher education, sports and charity sectors. All of our projects are different, but the value we add is constant.

The role requires a highly intelligent and organised ‘completer-finisher,’ who is knowledgeable in both qualitative and quantitative research, to deliver the very best insight and results possible. You will have considerable experience working in a consultancy or market research environment where your time is accountable. Proven experience of working directly with clients and successfully managing projects to agreed timescales, budgets and to a high standard is a must.

In this role you will play a part throughout the project lifecycle, drawing on strong project management skills and experience to manage project teams, ensuring projects are delivered on time and budget, with quality outcomes. You will undertake research design, data collection and analysis to produce insightful, stimulating reports for some of the world’s leading museums, galleries, theatres and arts centres as well as heritage bodies and charities in the UK and around the world.

Key Responsibilities:

Research Executive

  • Project manage the delivery of projects, working with project teams to ensure delivery on time and on budget, to a standard that delights our clients
  • Design quantitative and qualitative research tools and methods
  • Conduct primary qualitative research and source secondary research
  • Analyse, interpret and report on qualitative and quantitative data. This includes producing reports and other final outputs of projects (e.g. client presentations)
  • Take an active part in insight workshops and other collaborative sessions to analyse and model findings and develop conclusions
  • Contribute to the development of new products, evaluation tools/methods and improved systems

Senior Research Executive 

  • Undertake research design, data collection and analysis and produce insightful, stimulating reports
  • Support and contribute to delivery of strategic projects
  • Contribute to business development and account management of key clients by managing client accounts, responding to briefs for new work, writing proposals, attending pitches and developing potential opportunities
  • Design and implement digital research methods including online and social media research, panel research, online research, online communities and web research
  • Line manage, mentor and train other members as appropriate
  • Support Account Group Leads and Chief Strategy Officer with delivery of strategies, including developing, agreeing and prioritising projects within this area and advocating for them through AGLs

Contract: We’re looking to grow our UK team with experienced Research Executives / Senior Research Executives. We’re recruiting for two positions, one will be a permanent position and the other will be a 12 month fixed term maternity cover contract.
Closing date: 9am Monday 15th February 2016
Salary: £18-26K / £24 – £32K per annum
Location: Based in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Applicants should note that, since Morris Hargreaves McIntyre serves a large number of national and international clients, a Research Executive / Senior Research Executive may be required to visit other parts of the UK and countries as and when requested
Benefits:  25 days annual leave plus statutory holidays, company pension scheme, annual Company performance related bonus.
Hours of Work: Hours of work are open to discussion. A full time contract is a minimum of 35 hours per week Monday to Friday. MHM offer some flexibility on start and end times in return for your flexibility when required to meet business needs.

Application forms can be here: http://mhminsight.com/work-with-us. Candidates selected for interview will be asked to complete a pre-interview task.

Please submit a completed application form and your CV via going here.


Training, Uncategorized, Vacancies & Opportunities

FREE Business Support Workshops for Creatives

There are still some places left on these business support workshops…


Building Your Creative Business

Bolton Council has linked with Bolton Business Ventures to offer the following FREE workshops for artists and makers in Greater Manchester:-

A programme of workshops for creative businesses

Whether you are looking to start a business or someone who is interested in growing their creative business these workshops will help you on the path to SUCCESS:


Wednesday 7th October 2015 9.30-3 p.m

Selling your Work

  • How to identify your customers,
  • Fairs, commissions and exhibitions
  • Understanding the market – what sells where
  • Creating a Marketing Action Plan   


Wednesday 14th October 2015 9.30-3 p.m.

Money, Money, Money

  • Pricing Artwork, Products, Commissions & Workshops
  • How to make a profit without working 24 hours a day. 
  • Methods of pricing for both artists and craft workers. 
  • Funding and sponsorship
  • Taking Credit Cards etc. 


Wednesday 21st October 2015 9.30-3 p.m.

Sharing your Skills

How to increase your income by

  • Running workshops
  • Demonstrating
  • Writing articles
  • Blogging
  • Co-working



Tuesday 3rd November  2015 6-8.30 p.m.

Using Social media to boost your business

An interactive workshop (please bring your mobiles, tablets  etc.)

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest etc


Tuesday 10th November 2015 6-8.30 p.m.

Selling over the Internet

Finding the right platform to sell your work

  • Popular sites NOTHS, Etsy, the Saatchi Gallery
  • Selling over your website
  • The importance of good photography


Tuesday 17th November 2015 6 -8.30 p.m.

Building a Brand

Would you like to see your work in Elle Decoration, Craft and Design or International Artist?

  • Do you want people to know about your work and YOU.
  • The importance of networking.
  • Promoting Yourself
  • Writing a Press Release


Workshops will be run by Elizabeth White, an experienced business adviser with Bolton Business Ventures. Author of several business books, an artist and business owner herself, she is passionate about helping creative people build a successful business.


Workshops will be held at Bolton Octagon Theatre, Howell Croft South, Bolton, BL1 1SB

Drinks will be provided – there is a café on site or bring your own lunch


Places are FREE but limited, so BOOK NOW  Call Nina or Coryn on 01204 391400

or email nk@bbvonline.net

Creative Feature, Uncategorized

Social Housing Arts Network #1

Social Housing Arts Network is an eighteen month arts project funded by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring fund. It aims to establish, by doing, a touring network for socially engaged artists working on process led projects. Working in four locations with four social housing partners the project will work with specifically targeted local areas using a three-phased model.PIN 2

The project exists to create lasting relationships between arts collective Guild, and social housing providers Bolton at Home, South Yorkshire Housing Association, Poplar HARCA and St Leger Homes that will allow further artistic activity with their residents beyond the proposed project. The development of an advocacy pack will allow other social housing providers to understand how to become part of this network, be receptive to working with socially engaged artists in their communities, and how arts and creativity can be useful to their aims and objectives.  The aim is to cross-pollinate the outcomes and mutual understanding of how social housing providers and socially engaged artists can foster lasting relationships and deliver projects that improve the wellbeing of their residents.

Guild started work at the first of the four locations – Breightmet in Bolton – in October 2014.  For this first phase, a steering group comprised of Bolton at Home staff and community members (some of whom had been engaged through an earlier R&D pilot project) was established to give focus and direction to the project.  Writer Sarah Butler was recruited through the steering group as lead artist on Bolton’s project and she starts work in Breightmet in January 2015.   A similar format will be used for phase one in each location, however each project will be tailored to the local needs/issues of each of the four areas.

For more information see www.socialhousingartsnetwork.org.uk