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  

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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.

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Call for Proposals – Creative People and Places

CPPCreative People and Places (CPP) is an action research programme with a ten year vision for transforming engagement in the arts in the 21 places where we work. We want to share our learning widely as we test new approaches to increasing engagement in the arts.

We’ve currently got three opportunities to contribute to our learning community.

1. Managing our 2018 conference We are commissioning a conference/events manager, or organisation, to plan and deliver our next conference in 2018, which will be aimed at practitioners and organisations interested in arts engagement. Closing date for proposals: Thursday 18 May, 5pm More information

2. Research brief – exploring the impact of CPP projects on social capital Closing date for proposals: Wednesday 7 June, 10am More information

3. Research brief – mapping and analysing the spectrum of engagement approaches across CPP projects Closing date for proposals: Tuesday 13 June, 10am More information

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Artist Opportunity: Expressions of Interest

Brief for Expressions of Interest for Artist-led Activities to Celebrate Jane Austen

2017 What is Time To Read?

Time To Read (TTR) is a unique partnership of 22 Library Authorities in North West England, working together to promote reading since 2002.

The NW region covers Cumbria, Lancashire and Cheshire, all of Greater Manchester and Greater Merseyside. The network’s activities are currently led by a coordinator and managed by a steering group made up of representatives from the NW Society of Chief Librarians (NW SCL), Arts Council England and The Reading Agency.

Authorities who have signed up as members to TTR benefit from the coordination of activity, support and shared resources across the NW. As a unified group, TTR can increase the quality of events and promotions, sharing resources, information and learning across the North West. This ensures we can make our current library stock and resources work harder for us, finding new ways for the public to engage with them.

Celebrating Jane Austen 2017

Each year TTR undertakes a large scale reader development project delivered in libraries across the North West.

To acknowledge the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death in 2017, TTR plans create a package of artistic activity that will support the 22 member library authorities across the North West, giving them a core offer with which they can form their own Jane Austen celebrations between July and December 2017.

This will include commissioning a new piece of touring theatre, a new visual art element looking at Austen’s letters and a pre-selected directory of artists with which libraries can choose to procure activity from artists who have an offer focusing on Jane Austen in some way.

What We Are Looking For

We are seeking artists, storytellers, writers, poets, creative organisations and performers who have an offer that can support the Jane Austen project in libraries who would like to be considered to be included in our artist directory.

Expressions of Interest which meet our criteria will be put to a selection panel made up from representatives from TTR who will create a directory of artist to be circulated to each of the 22 member library authorities for them to purchase activity which suites their requirements.


Please note the variety of physical library spaces across the North West in terms of size and facilities. Your work would need to be adaptable to fit these spaces. You must indicate on your Expression of Interest form any minimal technical specifics required to ensure the successful delivery of your activity.


Payment terms will be agreed between the artist and the commissioning library authority.

Selection Process

All expressions of interest will be considered carefully by a panel made up of members from Time To Read.

Our priorities for selection are:

  • That you can address all the practical issues such as budget, insurance and that you have identified any risks and have strategies to reduce / remove them.
  • You must have a bank account and be registered as self employed, Public Liability Insurance and be able to provide a UTR – (Unique Tax Reference).
  • You can provide evidence of previous experience of delivering creative activities with community groups and/or young people.
  • We are looking for a range of good quality engaging and innovative approaches to delivery.
  • Ideas that celebrate and fit the Jane Austen theme. This could be a contemporary interpretation or exploration of her work or themes. We are not seeking just period pieces but would also welcome work pitched in a contemporary way that is relevant and relatable to library users and can be used to build new library audiences.


  • Completion of the Expression of Interest formjane-austen
  • Confirmation that you can meet all points in the Selection Process outline above

Please reply in this instance with the EoI confirming that you to: Clancy Mason, Time To Read Coordinator

Deadline for expressions of interest: Tuesday 9 May 2017



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Artist, Horticultural Commission: Granby Winter Garden (deadline: 03 May 17)

Artist, Horticultural Commission: Granby Winter Garden, Granby Four Streets Community Land Trust

Granby Winter Garden will be a new community-owned space in the heart of Liverpool 8.  Two Victorian terraced houses will be transformed into a beautiful indoor garden and a unique resource for creative community action, cultural production and exchange.

Granby Four Streets Community Land Trust, in partnership with Bluecoat, wish to commission an artist, maker or collective to develop a horticultural work or series of works for Granby Winter Garden, in collaboration with the design team, Assemble, and local people.  As well as devising a planting scheme, there is scope for the commissioned artist to propose interventions into the Winter Garden space,  and within the local neighbourhood, or to propose events, performances or workshops that accompany the making of the garden.

Applications from artists who actively engage with communities or publics within their practice, or who can demonstrate an interest in planting or growing within their work are particularly welcomed. Artists working in any discipline, or across disciplines, and at any stage in their career are invited to apply.

The project will take place between May and October 2017 to include research and development, delivery and evaluation.

An Artist’s Fee of £4500 and a production budget of £4000 is offered. Flexible studio and production facilities are available.

Please download the Artists’ Brief and further information

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 3rd May 2017, 12 noon.

Interviews: Tuesday 16th May 2017

Site visits and guided neighbourhood tours are offered: Thursday 20th & Saturday 29th April.

If you have any questions or queries concerning the project or the brief, please contact Maria Brewster on

This commission is the first in a new programme of artists’ projects, commissions and residencies for Granby Winter Garden and is supported through public funding from Arts Council England.