Plymouth Art Weekender Community Engagement Producer

Contract: Freelance 

Fee: £4560 @£120 per day

Hours:  40 days total, (July 2019 - November 2020)

Job description

Visual Arts Plymouth (VAP) CIC are seeking an experienced community engagement producer to work closely with the Weekender Team, Plymouth Art Weekender (PAW) commissioned artists and VAP to support schools and community groups in actively engaging with the PAW programme in 2019/2020

Tasks are likely to include:

  • working with the PAW Coordinators to connect PAW’s commissioned artists with schools and community groups
  • developing relationships with community groups for community engagement commissions
  • planning engagement programmes including talks & workshops in the lead-up to PAW 2019 and 2020
  • managing a resource budget for costs
  • collating ongoing feedback and evaluation of the community engagement programme
  • documenting engagement events
  • coordinating with the marketing team on social media posts and website information
  • arranging minibus travel for community groups
  • buying workshop materials and refreshments

The successful candidate/candidates will be proactive and personable, with strong literacy and computer 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. Job sharing is a possibility. You will 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 via Skype.

Personal Specifications

Experience programming talks and workshops around contemporary art/education/community focused work  Knowledge of the visual arts sector in Plymouth and the South West
An interest in contemporary visual art - particularly socially engaged practice and methodsFamiliarity with the use of online platforms including WordPress, Facebook, Instagram & Twitter
Confidence in managing budgetsEducated to degree level
Experience working with contemporary artistsGeographical and cultural knowledge of the City of Plymouth
Current DBS Check (this can be obtained through VAP)Working knowledge of software including Google Drive & Sheets
Ability to work independently and as part of a teamExperience of working in the arts sector
Excellent writing, communication and research skills 

Application Process

To apply, please send the following to  using the subject heading “PAW Community Engagement Producer”

  • your full CV
  • two references
  • a covering letter of no more than one page, which should detail your experience and suitability, and mention what you hope to get out of the role

The closing date is midnight on the 14th of July, 2019

Interviews will be held on the 17th/18th of July 2019. If necessary, these can be via Skype.

About Visual Arts Plymouth

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

Visual Arts Plymouth CIC (VAP) is a volunteer-led community interest company and visual arts 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 the Plymouth Art Weekender

PAW 2019 is a 3 day event taking place from the 27th to 29th of September 2019 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 2019 will also feature key commissions, supported by the Arts Council England.  

PAW aims to:

  • host 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

More information and other opportunities: