Plymouth Art Weekender Assistant Producer Role

Contract: Freelance

Fee: £1250    

Hours:  15 days total, including live festival dates (May – December)

Job description

Visual Arts Plymouth are seeking an early career artist/organiser to work closely with the PAW Festival Coordinators Cat Bagg & Rosie Thomson-Glover (Field Notes), to facilitate the development, delivery and evaluation of PAW in 2017 and 2018.

This role is a chance to gain experience of many practical and administrative aspects of producing an event of this scale under the guidance of Field Notes. Tasks are likely to include: email correspondence with organisers and venues; collating artist, organiser and audience information; practical on site assistance with artist’s install and/or audience interaction; supporting the festival’s volunteer team.

The successful candidate will be proactive and personable, with strong literacy skills and the ability to balance an enthusiastic approach with high levels of accuracy and efficiency.

You will need to be flexible and adaptable in terms of your approach to working, and be comfortable with lone and home working. You may need to be able to attend occasional meetings in Plymouth and be available to be on site in Plymouth during festival dates. It will be possible for some meetings to be held over skype.

N.B. Field Notes have an office in Penryn, Cornwall so there is a possibility of some meetings being held there or of being based there if you live closer to that location, though this is in no way a requirement.  

Personal Specifications

Essential Desirable
Strong computer skills including the use of Google Mail & Google Drive Knowledge of the visual arts sector in Plymouth and the South West
Strong written English, including spelling and grammar Geographical and cultural knowledge of the City of Plymouth
An interest in contemporary visual art Experience of working on arts events
Educated to degree level
Experience of using WordPress or other website/blogging platforms

Application Process

To apply, please send your full CV, two references and a covering letter of no more than one page, setting out your experience, suitability and what you would help to get out of the role, to: using the subject heading “PAW Assistant application”

The closing date is Midnight 27th April, 2017

Interviews will be held week commencing 8th May 2017. If needed, these can be over skype.

About Visual Arts Plymouth

The role will be accountable to: Visual Arts Plymouth – PAW Steering Committee

Visual Arts Plymouth (VAP) is a volunteer-led organisation that represents independent artists, communities and key art organisations in Plymouth. The group of 15 VAP activators bring a huge amount of knowledge, experience and ideas together to raise the profile and promote the diverse range of arts activity happening in Plymouth.

More information on VAP:

About Plymouth Art Weekender

Plymouth Art Weekender is a 3 day event celebrating the visual arts and culture across the city, providing a free non-selective platform for artist led activity by offering marketing, advice and professional workshops.

PAW 2017 and 2018 will also feature key commissions, supported by the Arts Council England funded Horizon programme plan*.  

PAW aims to:

  • create an annual event, that is a fixture in the cultural calendar of the city and enjoyed equally by residents and visitors to Plymouth
  • increase cultural visitor numbers to Plymouth, by promoting the city as a contemporary art hotspot where the visual arts are intertwined into the city and its diverse communities
  • enhance and nurture talent development for local and regional artists and creative practitioners
  • engage both cultural and non-cultural audiences, through citywide visual arts and public art programming
  • strengthen relationships between cultural organisations, artists and communities, across the city

*Plymouth Art Weekender is coordinated by Visual Arts Plymouth and funded through the city wide Horizon project, a collaborative programme developed between Visual Arts Plymouth, KARST, Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth City Council, University of Plymouth and supported by Horizon, a collaborative two year programme of visual contemporary arts, funded through Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund and supported by Plymouth Culture.