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Kick Down The Barriers Co-Producer: Job Opportunity

Closing Date: 28th June 2019 – 11am

Further Information

Applications to be sent to sophieskellern@hotmail.com 

Kick Down The Barriers

5 days per month at £150 per day
11 month fixed term contract
Salary £8,250
Location: Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery, Museum Street, BB1 7AJ
Hours of work: Flexible
Application deadline: Friday 28th June 2019 at 11am
Interviews: Friday 12th July

The Project:

We are seeking an experienced Creative Producer to co-manage and co-deliver a recently funded Arts Council England project in conjunction with Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery titled ‘Kick Down the Barriers’. The project has emerged following both the 2016 ‘Casey Review Report’ and the 2018 BBC Panorama programme that labelled Blackburn as one of the most segregated towns in Britain. It is imperative to kick down these barriers, labels and stigmas, and give Blackburn people the opportunity to challenge, unpack and redefine these public messages, so that a more comprehensive narrative about the town can emerge.
The project will locate socially engaged artists and researchers across five areas of Blackburn, that have been identified as “segregated,” in order to interrogate and challenge the stigmas and barriers that they have been given. All the artwork and research developed through the residencies will feed into a long-term strategy reimaging how the Museum can incorporate and celebrate the new work within its existing collections.
The successful candidate will co-produce the project with Sophie Skellern, and they will work with Lydia McCaig project assistant and Rebecca Johnson Arts & Heritage Manager at Blackburn Council to deliver the project.

The Role:

The role will be 5 days per month at £150 per day within an 11 month fixed term contract. The total feel for this role is £8,250.
This role is built around meaningful discussion at all levels. The successful applicant will be working across a mixture of stakeholders (artists, researchers/writers, participants, museum staff and the general public) to ensure the project reaches and is relevant to its participants.
The successful applicant will have the following skills and experience:
● Experience engaging and working with communities
● Experience of arts project producing/management, inclusive of monitoring and evaluation
● Experience of writing project briefs and commissioning artists
● Experience of working in, or knowledge of, working across different art disciplines
● A familiarity with Blackburn, of the Casey Review Report and the two BBC Panorama Programmes
● Critical awareness and knowledge of contemporary art practice, specifically: socially engaged art, contemporary art in community settings, non gallery art, social art practice and art as activism
● Knowledge and understanding of current thinking around engagement and participation
● Experiencing in working with writers and/or publishing written content online (though well-known websites, press and newspapers, blogs, zines or academia).
● Critical awareness of the impact of working in communities
● Documentation skills such as photography and writing
● Experience with social media on various platforms

How to Apply:

Please apply by sending:
● A letter of application (max 2 pages), outlining:
○ Why you are interested in the position of co-producer;
○ Details of relevant experience, including producing, project management, budget management and community engagement
○ Upto 3 links of relevant past projects can be included
○ Your approach/experience to working collaboratively within a team ○ Skills, interests, knowledge and personal attributes you will bring to the project
● Full CV
● Name and contact details of 2 referees

Applications need to be sent to sophieskellern@hotmail.com to arrive no later than Friday 28th June 2019 at 11AM. Interviews will take place Friday 12th July.

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