Tramway Opportunity: Artist/Creative Facilitator

Posted on 20 Oct 2020 in News

THIS CALL-OUT IS NOW CLOSED (13 November)

5 MONTH FREELANCE POST
Expressions of interest to be submitted by 10am, Fri 13th Nov 

Tramway is looking to work with a Scotland-based Artist/Creative Facilitator with a strong socially engaged practice to aid the creation and delivery of our new artistic programme; Tramway Beyond Walls. This season of work will be co-curated by a panel made up of local artists and residents as part of a new initiative entitled Community Architects. The project will run from  December 2020 to April 2021, with a focus on digital and outdoor activity across February and March 2021. 

BACKGROUND (TRAMWAY BEYOND WALLS AND COMMUNITY ARCHITECTS)
As an arts venue Tramway uniquely sits between the two most ethnically and culturally diverse communities of Scotland; Pollokshields and Govanhill.  The current pandemic has offered us a crucial moment of reflection and an opportunity to interrogate and reset the cultural landscape of our city. We believe it is vital that the voices of artists and audiences who have been historically marginalised are properly resourced and celebrated.  We want to support the everyday experts across our local community who we feel hold the key to informing and nurturing the creative future of our city.

Tramway Beyond Walls is a new season of contemporary performance, visual art and creative participation that seeks to engage with a diverse local audience outside of the physical limits of our building.
This digital and outdoor programme will position local residents as curators and architects of a dynamic and responsive artistic offer that will help shape the cultural imagination of Glasgow.  Through a season of performances, installations and interactive experiences we hope to engage with our audiences in reflecting on our collective futures and the power we each hold as changemakers as we move forward together.

At the heart of Tramway Beyond Walls will be a panel of ‘Community Architects’ made up of residents and artists that are local to our neighbouring communities of Pollokshields and Govanhill. This group will work together to co-design the programme and take an active role in sculpting the arts activity that Tramway delivers across the Southside of Glasgow.  

We hope that this project will help us to decentralise and democratise our approach to artistic programming and allow us to make connections with new and existing audiences in imaginative and meaningful ways.

We also aim to promote Tramway as a leading venue for Contemporary Arts in Scotland and provide a dynamic and accessible home for participants and audiences to discover and explore a diverse range of artistic forms as well to connect with their own creative voice.
 
REMIT OF THE ROLE
The Artist/Creative Facilitator will work closely with Tramway’s Creative Learning Producer and an independent Production Manager to shape, design and deliver the Tramway Beyond Walls and Community Architects Programme. Primarily they will have a face-to-face community liaison role aiding in the design of the project and embedding the needs and voices of the local community at every stage of the process.  They will also feed into teasing out the practical and logistical requirements of the project which will be led by Tramway’s Creative Learning Producer. We do not expect the Artist/Creative Facilitator to create their own work as part of this role.

The Artist/Creative Facilitator will be expected to help shape the programme with the pandemic in mind.  A dual approach of digital programme and outdoor physical programme will be designed which should enable us to be nimble and flexible in responding to government guidance and recommendations on social distancing and safety measures as they change and develop.

A skeletal programme of work is already in place with resource for additional projects of varying scales. The Artist/Creative Facilitator will work with the panel of Community Architects over a 5-month period supported by Tramway’s Creative Learning Producer to deliver a wide range of activities in public, civic and residential outdoor spaces as well as through our digital channel Tramway TV. We imagine this could span anything from participatory workshops and creative conversations to performance in parks and temporal artistic interventions.

The Artist/Creative Facilitator will work to actively ensure that local participants and audiences have a high quality creative experience and are facilitated to access any additional support they might require to take part in activity.  They will demonstrate a rigorous approach to embedding inclusion and accessibility throughout all aspects of the project and work in a way that is responsive to the needs of individuals and communities at every stage. They will prioritise cultural sensitivity to ensure the ambitions and outcomes of the project fully consider and reflect the diversity of the local area.

The Artist/Creative Facilitator will be responsible for co-designing a model of creative evaluation and artistic documentation in partnership with Tramway’s Creative Learning Producer.

PERSON SPECIFICATION
Applications are invited from individuals with at least three years of practice and from a wide range of art form specialisms from backgrounds including community arts, contemporary performance, dance and visual art practices that encompass performance. We particularly welcome applications from artists who have experience producing their own work and working within communities.

We are looking for a thoughtful and passionate person who identifies as an instigator and community connector with a strong socially engaged practice driven by values of social justice, participation and inclusion.  

The Artist/Creative Facilitator must be Scotland-based. They should live in or have a demonstrable connection to the South Side of Glasgow (desirable rather than essential) and an understanding of the diverse communities represented in Pollokshields and Govanhill. 

They should have a proven track record of working directly with communities in the co-design of creative projects and have excellent facilitation and communication skills. They should display a keen interest in poly-curation to support the realisation of a programme that is truly representative of the needs and wants of the community. 

They should be prepared to work in a changing-context with a solution focussed mindset and be open to finding innovative ways to approach unexpected moments of challenge. Some experience of working in outdoor and digital contexts is desirable. 

Applicants must have up-to-date Public Liability Insurance, Disclosure and an existing PVG Licence.

BUDGET & FEE
A fee of £7000 inclusive of expenses for home working.

Work with the Community Architects will span December 2020 to April 2021 with a public facing delivery of the Tramway Without Walls programme taking place across February - March 2021.  

We imagine this will encompass:
-up to 14 days of delivery between Dec 2020 – Jan 2021
-up to 22 days of delivery between Feb – March 2021
-up to 3-4 days of reporting and evaluation in April 2021

The final schedule can be tailored to suit the successful applicant’s availability within this time period in mutual agreement with Tramway. We hope that this flexible approach to time-management will also suit parents and those with caring responsibilities.  We are looking for the candidate to start work for an introductory session the week commencing Mon 30th Nov 2020.

We imagine a large proportion of this contract will be delivered from home using Zoom meetings for team working. There is the possibility of some work happening inside the Tramway building as/when restrictions allow. Much of the project will involve face-to-face community liaison on-site outdoors.

Individuals will be responsible for paying their own tax & NI contributions and will be be required to work from their personal laptop or home computer.

ACCESS (IN PROCESS)
Tramway recognises there has been systemic exclusion within the arts sector and is striving to put equity at the heart of our decision making. We are committed to increasing the diversity of people working in performance and especially welcome applications from those who identify as having characteristics currently under-represented. This includes black people and people of colour, disabled people, individuals identifying as LGBTQI, those with parental responsibilities and people from working-class backgrounds.  We particularly recognise that Black artists and artists of colour have been historically under-represented in Tramway’s programme and are working to change this.  
Should you wish to have a conversation about the application process, require this information in an alternative format, or have access requirements we need to meet to support you in making an application please contact Lesley Hepburn (Creative Learning Producer) on lesley.hepburn@glasgowlife.org.uk

APPLICATION PROCESS
To apply for this role we ask that applicants submit an Expression of Interest or Cover Letter no longer than two pages of A4 that speak to your specific interest in the role and to details outlined in the person specification. Please also include a C.V and/or any links to more information about your practice on a website or equivalent. 
Alternatively you can apply by video covering the points above. The video should be no longer than 8 mins long and uploaded to Vimeo or another platform.  If you opt to submit your Expression of Interest by video, please don’t worry about the quality of the video or the camera skills. 
The Deadline to submit an ‘Expression of Interest’ is Fri 13th Nov by 10am. Please title the email “Artist/Creative Facilitator Application”.  Application materials must be emailed to tramwayopportunities@glasgowlife.org.uk  

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their Expression of Interest by Wed 18th Nov.  Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an informal interview process on Fri 20th Nov. Applicants will be notified within one week of the interview day whether they have been selected for the position.  The selection panel will be comprised of Tramway Team and external panellists including practicing artists and local residents that represent a wide demographic of lived experiences. We are committed to offing written or verbal feedback to all shortlisted applicants on the decision-making process.