Vacancies & Opportunities

Vacancies & Opportunities

Ceramicist / Maker, Granby Workshop (deadline: 01 Nov 2017)

Term of Contract: Fixed term 3.5 month contract mid November 2017– end of Feb 2018, with potential to continue onto permanent contract.

Salary: £20k per annum pro rata

Granby Workshop is a design-led architectural ceramics studio in Liverpool, producing a range of tiles, handles and other ceramic products.

We are seeking a passionate and capable individual to join our small team. Initially this would be for a fixed term of 3.5 months to help us during a busy period. For interested candidates, there is potential for this to continue onto a permanent contract with scope to expand in the future. For more details about the project or our products please visit our website:



Children & Young People, Vacancies & Opportunities

Call for Artists: Apply now for the 2018 Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award, Artist Commission at The Turnpike, Leigh (deadline 23 Oct 2017)

Artists are invited to apply for the 2018 Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award (ARMA), Artist Commission, hosted by The Turnpike, Leigh, worth £15,000. The award funds an artist or artists to undertake work with children and young people over approximately 10 weeks, and for the experience to inform the creation of a commissioned artwork accessible to the public. ARMA was established in memory of the artist Alexandra Reinhardt and is supported by the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust (MRCT).

The successful artist(s) will work with The Turnpike over a 10-week period between February and July 2018, to deliver a programme of after school and weekend engagement workshops for young people in care or those who have recently left the care system. The artist will work closely with The Turnpike’s Learning & Outreach Coordinator, with curatorial support from the Director, Helen Stalker and Exhibition Coordinator, Matt Retallick. The artist(s) will create a semi-permanent or permanent art commission at The Turnpike or in a nearby space accessible to the public, informed by the participatory/education programme. The commission is to be completed by October 2018, for a launch event in November 2018.

This is an exciting opportunity for an artist or artists to undertake a highly respected participatory project and commission which is well supported by project partners, and will be widely promoted, both nationally and internationally. The deadline to apply is 10am on Monday 23 October 2017, and further information including a brief and application form can be found

Application deadline: 10am, Monday 23 October 2017  

Community Arts, Vacancies & Opportunities

The People’s Quilt Textiles and Media Project – Bolton

Starting Tuesday October 3rd, 1-3pm

Elderdale Community Centre,  Yewdale Gardens Breightmet BL2 5JF


WE CAN DO ITAre you an ex machinist, keen sewer or want to learn?  We want to hear from you.  We will be creating “The People’s Quilt” and want to hear your stories about working in Bolton’s vibrant textile industry.  We plan to run a series of textile and multimedia workshops with three main groups, over a period of 11 months, culminating in the production of a large interactive quilt.  We will be working with sewers who worked in local factories or keen sewers who just want to get involved.  We will also be teaching young people from a local secondary school how to sew and with a group of asylum seekers to design printed fabrics for our final quilt.  All three groups will be working together on the “People’s Quilt” for the final 16 sessions. The quilt will include digital elements including embedded microchips playing audio clips from participants’ stories. The Quilt and any additional work produced will be displayed in a community event and displayed in local libraries across the borough.

This project aims to bring people of different ages and backgrounds together to create a quilt that captures the past, present and future of life in Bolton. The production of a quilt, joining people’s work, lives and stories together is a symbol of unity and the act of working together as a group will help to break down negative notions of difference and create a stronger sense of community amongst some of the most isolated and marginalised people in our town.

Sessions are completely free and all materials will be provided.  There will be a group outing to Chadwich Resource Centre to look at their collection of related textiles and equipment.  Sessions will be held at Elderdale Community Centre in Breightmet which is equipped with 7 sewing machines, plenty of material and other supplies. The Centre is disability accessible with some parking.  If you have additional needs, please get in touch and we will make accommodations.

Brought to you by Jennifer Gilmour from Breightmet Quilt Studio and Tracy Hindley and Fran Platt from TheVideoBox funded by Awards For All Big Lottery Grant.

Contact Jennifer Gilmour 07872342718




Vacancies & Opportunities

Freelance Project Co-ordinator Commission Brief

Commission fee: £15,000
Commission dates: 14/07/2017-31/08/2018
Commission Manager: Principal Arts Development Officer
Programme summary:
From June 2017 – September 2019, this ambitious Arts Council England funded arts programme will engage existing library users and museum visitors in high quality arts events, performances and activities at Eccles, Pendleton, Swinton and Walkden Library and Gateway Centres and at Salford Museum and Art Gallery. This research and development programme will make a positive contribution to public perceptions of libraries as welcoming, exciting cultural venues. Launched in National Library Week (9-14 Oct 2017), each season will kick off with author events from high calibre writers, whilst the 2018 and 2019 Summer Reading Challenges will engage with high profile children’s authors.
A project coordinator will develop an attractive, coordinated programme of artistic workshops, performances and events with professional artists and companies. Participatory workshops alongside guest writers in creative writing, writing for performance, directorial and artistic vision, will support the artistic development of amateur and emerging writers and performers and support participants to create and showcase new work in libraries and write and produce their own songs and music through music technology workshops. We will engage exhibiting visual artists to deliver workshops in libraries and increase public access to existing library digital resources and public engagement in digital arts, including music technology, coding and design.
This is also an exciting opportunity for libraries and museums staff at all levels to share skills and knowledge and gain confidence in cultural commissioning, front of house, event management, audience development and delivering arts activities, to test out an operational and strategic framework for the continued development of arts in Salford’s libraries and museums.
Primary role:
• Act as the Lead Officer for development of Salford Libraries and Arts Programme, reporting to the project team made up of Library, Arts and Museum officers from Salford Community Leisure Ltd.
• Assist the project team in fulfilling the ambitions identified for the project in the successful Arts Council England funding application, funding agreement, audience development plan and evaluation framework.
1. Act as the main contact for all matters relating to Salford Libraries and Arts Programme.
2. Lead on coordinating an attractive programme of high quality arts events, performances and high profile author events as per the activity plan.
3. Effectively manage the commissioning budget (£15000) and workshop budget (£6000) and keep an accurate record of expenditure.
4. Write artists’ briefs and prepare commissioning documents to procure artists and arts companies to deliver programme activities.
5. Write content, supply images for the publicity material, SCL website and produce positive social media content about the programme and manage the production and distribution of publicity material through identified communication channels in liaison with the project team and marketing team.
6. Oversee the day to day delivery of project and schemes in line with current health and safety legislation and ensure that those working on projects fulfil legal requirements and professional competencies including the use of technical specifications, session plans and risk assessments.
7. Effectively manage the delivery of programme events and workshops, liaising with libraries and museum staff and supporting artists and arts companies with planning meetings, setting up on the day, during activities and packing up, including problem solving.
8. Introduce events and wrapping up activities including promoting other activities on the programme, encouraging customers to give feedback and promoting the website.
9. Keep the project team up to date at regular intervals and at team meetings.
10. Support the Principal Arts Development Officer in developing the audience development plan for the project.
11. Understand the evaluation framework and support the evaluation of the overall programme where possible.
12. Create and support new and existing partnerships with internal, private and public sector organisations.
13. Develop an understanding of other libraries and arts programmes and establish links to Salford Libraries and Arts Programme.
We are looking for someone who has these qualifications, skills, knowledge and experience:
• Minimum three years experience of arts project management or higher education qualification
• Full driving license and access to a vehicle
• Knowledge and experience of arts programmes in libraries and museums
• Effective written, public speaking, IT and presentation skills
• Budget management and experience of meeting funding requirements
• Ability to plan, prioritise and organise own workload
• Ability to work with a variety of artists, organisations, groups and individuals
• Ability to liaise and develop effective working relationships with people on a number of levels
• Knowledge of health and safety issues relating to arts programming
• Understanding of equal opportunity issues
• Experience of setting up and leading planning meetings and programming workshops and arts events
• Experience of working within a large organisation
• Experience of managing a number of freelance contractors at one time to deliver this arts programme.
We anticipate that this commission will engage a project coordinator for 2 days per week. Please can you include in your proposal a breakdown of this costing.
If you are interested in this commission, please submit a 2 page (max) proposal outlining how you plan to meet this brief and fulfil the requirements of this commission, along with your CV to by 9am on Monday 19th June 2017.
Interviews for short-listed proposals will take Monday 26th June 2017 at a venue to be confirmed in Salford.

Regional, Vacancies & Opportunities

Reframed 2017 – Personal Development Programme


Interactive and Immersive Storytelling

Creative England Reframed

Lighthouse and Creative England present Reframed, a new programme of talks and workshops exploring immersive and interactive storytelling.

The worlds of film, gaming, theatre, design, art and technology are becoming increasingly converged, with interactive and immersive environments such as 360°, virtual reality, augmented reality, mobile apps, games and interactive web-based video bringing us closer to a seamless blending of physical and virtual worlds.

Reframed brings together leaders and innovators from the fields of film, games, sound, contemporary arts and media to explore emerging practices within the realm of immersive and interactive storytelling.

Aimed at those wanting to learn more about designing and producing interactive and/or immersive work, Reframed will shine a light on the intrinsic and underlying principles of non-linear and interactive narratives, and the platforms and technologies which best serve them across different types of projects.

Reframed presents a  project development programme, aimed at creatives wanting to design and develop content in interactive and immersive environments, such as: 360°, virtual reality, augmented reality, mobile apps, games and interactive web-based video. Made up of five residential sessions run at Lighthouse between June – October 2017, the programme will support six selected individuals/teams to each develop a project idea in an intensive, collaborative and interdisciplinary environment. Placing the audience/user at the heart of the experience and drawing on technical, creative and socio-cultural perspectives to inform the development process, it will include structured training sessions, peer-to-peer exchange and feedback, project mentors and online support. Apply for Personal Development Programme

Programme Details

Date: July – October 2017

Venue: Lighthouse Cost: £300 per project

Participants: 6 individuals/teams

Application Information

Application deadline: 5pm, Tuesday 30 May 2017

Interviews: Monday 12 & Tuesday 13 June 2017

Successful applicants notified: Monday 19 June 2017

Applications are invited from any of the following fields:

– Film, documentary, animation

– Games – Interactive arts or media

– VR / Augmented Reality / Mixed Reality

– Immersive Theatre

Applicants may have experience of one or more of the following, although the list below is not extensive:

– Writing, directing, producing, animation

– Artist, illustration, graphic novels

– Coding, interactive design, games development

– Set design, production design, sound design, VFX, cinematography

Please note: participants do not need to have prior experience of working in this area. It’s the strength of your ideas we’re interested in, not your track record of producing similar work. Lighthouse aims to help improve diversity across the creative sectors by addressing the issues of access which individuals often face when progressing their practice and careers. We welcome applications from across the community, and will provide financial assistance to those who require it for pre-agreed travel, subsistence and childcare costs. We are also able to facilitate access for deaf and disabled people – please see the Equal Opportunities section in the Application Guidelines for further information.