Arts & Health, Community Arts, Vacancies & Opportunities

Artist Brief – Onward Homes community projects, Bolton (deadline: 20 Nov 2019)

Onward Homes owns and manages 35,000 homes in the north-west of England. We are based in three regions: Lancashire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester & Cheshire. We also offer help and support to vulnerable people facing a range of challenges, and create strong and vibrant communities that our customers can be proud to be a part of. We believe that developing meaningful relationships with our customers is critical to the long term success of Onward, and we value every opportunity to engage with and involve our customers.

Onward Homes would like to commission an artist to develop community based art in the outdoor communal areas of its Lena/Latham Street and St Matthew’s Grange sheltered housing complexes in the Crompton & Halliwell wards of Bolton.

The commission is funded through the Ambition for Ageing programme in Bolton and will be to deliver the project as detailed in the brief, which can be found here.

The closing date for applications is: 12.00 noon on Wednesday 20th November.



Launch of 2019 European Heritage Awards

The annual awards provide financial prizes and public recognition to outstanding initiatives and best practices by either individuals or organisations that contribute to the protection and enhancement of cultural heritage in Europe.

The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage was launched in 2002 by the European Commission as part of the implementation of the Culture Programme. Europa Nostra, the Pan-European Federation for Cultural Heritage, was selected to run this awards scheme on the basis of its long experience in publicly recognising, at a European level, individual or joint excellence in the field of Cultural Heritage.

The awards are supported by the European Commission in the framework of the Culture Programme and are granted annually in four categories:

  • Conservation.
  • Research.
  • Dedicated service by individuals or organisations.
  • Education, training and awareness.


Entries may be submitted from all countries that take part in the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Entries may be submitted for projects/studies or dedicated service to heritage conservation by anyone closely connected to the entry, as long as permission has been gained from the owner of the building or site/author of the study.

Up to 30 entries throughout Europe will receive a certificate as well as a bronze wall plaque to be put up at the awarded building or heritage site. Up to seven of these will also be awarded a Grand Prize, which includes a monetary award of €10,000.

Entry forms and guidelines for applicants are available for download from the Europa Nostra website.

The 2019 Awards deadline is 15 November 2018.

News, Regional, Vacancies & Opportunities

Executive Producer required to support Dippy on Tour, North West Region (deadline: 17 Feb 2017)

diplodocus-1160-discoverLink4Life (the Rochdale Borough-wide Cultural Trust) in partnership with Rochdale Borough Council are seeking to appoint a freelance Executive Producer to develop and implement a programme and fundraising strategy that will enable delivery of the objectives of the North West Dippy on Tour residency.

In November 2016 the Natural History Museum announced its intention to tour its iconic Diplodocus cast ‘Dippy’ to eight venues as part of their new strategic focus working nationally to engage audiences with culture, nature and science, inspire a new generation of scientists and build capacity in natural history museums across the UK.

The selected venues are: Dorset County Museum; Birmingham Gas Hall; Belfast National Museum; Glasgow Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery; Newcastle Great North Museum; Wales National Assembly of Wales; Norwich Cathedral and Rochdale Number One Riverside (February – June 2020)

As hosts of the North West leg of the tour, the partnership will be collaborating to develop, fundraise for and deliver an expansive programme of activities in the lead up to and to accompany the residency in order to engage communities both locally and across the North West.

This is an exciting opportunity to positively raise the profile of Rochdale regionally and nationally by promoting the rich heritage, culture and visitor assets of the Borough as well as deliver real benefits for our local communities and a legacy lasting far beyond the life of the project.

Fee: £25,000 – £30,000 inclusive of VAT and all expenses.

Deadline for Quotations: 17 February 2017

Interviews: 24 February, to be held in Rochdale.

Commencement: It is expected the work will commence 1 March 2017

Contract Duration: 12 months

See downloads at http://www.link4life.org/news/506-executive-producer-required-to-support-dippy-on-tour-north-west-region for full invitation to tender including brief and details of how to apply.


Funding for the Historic Regeneration of Towns & Cities (UK)

The Townscape Heritage Initiative is Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant giving programme that supports schemes to regenerate the historic environment in towns and cities across the United Kingdom. The programme is designed to address problems in areas of particular social and economic need.

The scheme is open to single organisations (such as Local Authorities) or partnerships of not for profit organisations and provides grants of between £100,000 and £2 million. If applicants receive a first-round pass, they will need to develop the scheme further within a 12-month development phase and then send a detailed second-round submission. The second round is not competitive; a grant will be offered to the applicant if it meets the HLF’s criteria and priorities.

The next closing date for stage 1 applications to the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) Townscape Heritage Initiative is 12 noon on the 1st September 2017. Second-round applications can be submitted up to 12 months after first-round approval. Read more at: http://www.hlf.org.uk/HowToApply/programmes/Pages/Townscape_Heritage.aspx#.VArHA2NAf20

Source: Arts Development UK

Vacancies & Opportunities

Visitor Experience Officer

Gallery Oldham, Oldham Council

Gallery Oldham and heritage services have established an excellent reputation for innovative temporary exhibitions, participatory formal education and family programmes, community engagement and partnership working. This is an exciting time to join the team as we embark on a major capital development which will result in a new Heritage & Arts Centre for Oldham.

We are seeking an experienced, enthusiastic and energetic Visitor Experience Officer to join our team and help us realise our aspirations.

Applicants should be committed to delivering a high quality experience for all our visitors and should have experience in the following areas:

  • Experience of working in a Gallery, Heritage, Visitor Attraction or Leisure Environment.
  • Experience of managing a team providing face to face customer services
  • Experience of leading, motivating and developing effective teams


Contract: Permanent
Grade 5. Salary: £21,530-25,440 p.a.
Hours:36.40 per week
Based: Gallery Oldham, Cultural Quarter, Greaves St, Oldham, OL1 1AL
Closing Date: Friday 29th January 2016, 5pm.


Interviews will be held in Oldham on Thursday 18th February 2016


Oldham Council is a leading Local Authority; shortlisted for the Local Government Chronicle Council of the Year 2014 and described as “an ambitious and effective Council” by the Local Government Association. We want people who share our values and can deliver for the Borough of Oldham. To find out more about who we are, what we do and why you should join us please visit our dedicated  careers pages where you will also find useful guidance on how best to complete the application form: http://www.oldham.gov.uk/info/200270/working_at_the_council