Inverness Openarts Project Coordinator
Contract: freelance fixed term initially Sep 2021 – June 2022 (with the potential to extend to June 2024)
Hours: 1 day/7 hours per week during term-time
Pay: £20 per hour for 7 hours per week/42 weeks per year
Wasps wishes to recruit a Freelance Project Coordinator to lead a new community visual arts initiative in Inverness. This pilot programme is a new direction for Wasps, developed to complement and maximise the benefits of our new studio building and creative hub in Inverness – Inverness Creative Academy.
Wasps is a charity and social enterprise which has been operating in Scotland for 44 years. We are now Scotland’s largest provider of supported artists’ studio space, supporting 1,000 creative individuals and organisations at 20 buildings across the country, from Shetland to Selkirk.
Wasps believes that art has the power to inspire, educate, and transform lives. Our aim is to be an inspirational home for creative practice, enabling Scotland’s artists to realise and share their talent and skills with the communities in which they work, and across the world. To achieve this, Wasps supports our artist tenants with more than just space. We organise exhibitions, open studios, markets and residencies in our buildings, increasing opportunities for our tenants to make a living out of their art, and engage with the public.
Wasps is committed to recruiting based on merit, and to the principles of equality and diversity in our staff appointments. We highly value the benefits of having different points of view and experiences in our staff team. Accordingly, Wasps welcomes and treats equally the applications from minority groups relating to - but not limited to - race and ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender, age and physical limitation.
About the Project
Inverness Creative Academy is Wasps largest creative hub in the North of Scotland, based at the much-loved Midmills buildings in the centre of Inverness.
Work on Inverness Creative Academy started in 2018, and its final phase is on site and due for completion later in 2021. This £5.7m, major new creative hub for the Highlands is already home to 34 working artists, and a range of exhibitions, events, and workshops in Phase 1. The completion of Phase 2 will see the addition of 54 flexible co-working workspaces, a public gallery, additional meeting and events spaces, and a café.
Inverness Creative Academy provides an opportunity for Wasps to support community engagement on a larger scale – which we will do through Inverness Openarts.
Inverness Openarts is a pilot community arts project designed to increase access to, and benefits from, Inverness Creative Academy. Wasps has secured funding to run the project during term time from September 2021 – June 2024.
The main aim of Inverness Openarts is to provide an inclusive, supportive and welcoming environment for individuals from all backgrounds to take part in creative activity - improving health, wellbeing, skills, confidence and social inclusion. The project will focus on the delivery of open access community art studio drop in sessions for anyone over the age of 16 living in Inverness. Wasps is currently working with an advisory Steering Group made up of public and third sector partner organisations to ensure the project can meet these aims in practice.
During the pilot Inverness Openarts will be based in Inverness Creative Academy, with outreach sessions held in neighbouring city centre community venues. A rotating monthly programme of drop-in sessions will provide a range of opportunities for people to take part.
Inverness Openarts will be focused on visual art (painting, drawing, sculpture and photography), and crafts. Drop-in sessions will not be prescriptive, but rather participants will be encouraged to explore and develop their own interests, supported by project staff, in order to build confidence and creative self-expression. By focusing on each other’s skills and interests in creative activity, people from different parts of the community will learn from and understand each other, through a shared interest in art and creativity which can free people from the labels or stigmas associated with other aspects of their lives.
Project participants will be members of the community living in Inverness City Centre, with a particular focus on creating integrative opportunities for people who are affected by ill health, disability, unemployment, and recovering from addiction.
The local artists and creative practitioners trained and employed to support the sessions will also be key participants and instrumental to the success of the project.
More information on the Project Outcomes can be found on Page 3 of the enclosed information pack.
Reporting to Wasps Funding and Partnerships Manager, the Inverness Openarts Project Coordinator will play a key role in helping artists realise and share their talent and skills, whilst ensuring wide community engagement at Inverness Creaitve Academy.
For full Job Description, including main duties and essential requirements, please download the Job Application Pack in the side bar.
Appointment will be on a freelance basis, at a rate of £20 per hour for 7 hours per week / 42 weeks per year. Ideally the candidate will be available for an immediate appointment.
The project will be based at Inverness Creative Academy and partner community venues. Some studio presence at Inverness Creative Academy and community venues will be required so access to transport would be beneficial. Reasonable travel and expenses to fulfil the requirements of the role will be available. The candidate will be expected to have their own laptop and equipment, however, work-space at Inverness Creative Academy to carry out duties required by the role will be available by arrangement.
A Disclosure Scotland Check will be carried out for the candidate and all project staff.
To apply please email the following to email@example.com:
• A copy of your CV including any relevant qualifications or certificates
• A covering letter outlining why you consider yourself suitable for this position and would like to be the Inverness Openarts Project Coordinator
• Contact names, phone numbers and email addresses for 2 referees
Direct applications from candidates (no agencies) should be submitted no later than 9am on Monday 6th September 2021, by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please title your email submission: Private & Confidential: Job Application
Interviews will be held w/c 13th Sep.
For initial discussions regarding the role please call Claire English on 07384 116 381.