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x10 Artists - Artists Mentoring Programme

Impact Arts are delighted to offer a unique and exciting opportunity to become a member of our North Ayrshire Creative Team.

Artists Mentoring Programme will train 10 Artists from across North Ayrshire, who are currently unemployed or under-employed, in participatory arts practice. After the programme, Artists will be equipped with the tools and skills needed to have a viable and sustainable career within participatory and community settings and/or to support the development of a Self-Employed Portfolio Career.

The programme offers successful candidates a bespoke training schedule, mentoring from skilled and respected professionals, community project placements and the opportunity to deliver their own participatory arts projects.

The programme will include:

  • Weekly training in a range of subjects including Safe Guarding (First Aid, Child Protection/Protection of Vulnerable Groups), Cultural Training (Visual Art in a Community Setting, Working Within a Museum or Gallery Context) and, Enterprise and Cultural Entrepreneurship (Negotiating a Project; Costing and Writing a Proposal; Project and Session Planning/Documenting and Evaluating Projects Being Freelance/Personal Business Skills)
  • Community placements and shadowing alongside Impact Arts’ own programmes, and further trainee-led projects within North Ayrshire’s Three Towns, to offer experience in working within a number of different environments including: Early Years, Young People and Older People.
  • Each trainee will have a personal Mentor who will be available 16 hours of 1-2-1 support sessions.
  • Working towards a Community Achievement Award
  • Access to Industry contacts and networks

Qualifications and Experience: We are looking for talented Artists seeking opportunities to gain the skills and knowledge required to deliver high quality participatory arts projects and engage communities.

Personal Skills and Qualities: Impact Arts is looking specifically for people who demonstrate:

  • An ambition to work within the participatory arts sector
  • An ability to engage and communicate with people of varying ages and abilities
  • Excellent making/creative and artistic skillset
  • Strong communication abilities

Fees/Costs: This is a free programme, however candidates must be able to commit to the full programme block. We will provide candidates with materials budget for community projects. Artists will also be eligible to receive a travel budget and a fee of approx. £2000.

This programme is funded by: UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund.

Further Details: Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as places are limited.

Based at: Impact Arts space in Irvine/ Various venues throughout North Ayrshire

Reporting to: Programme Manager

Duration: January - June 2022

Days/Hours: Maximum 2 days per week commitment approx. (Mon-Fri)

Qualifications: The programme is open to all ages and those with untypical CV’s (e.g. self-taught, working from home), not just those with formal arts/craft degree/training. No prior community experience is required

Eligibility: Must be unemployed or able to demonstrate that they are not maximising their economic potential. Priority will be given to those living or working in North Ayrshire.

Other Essentials: Subject to Disclosure/PVG check.

Equalities: In all our work, Impact Arts aims to tackle the inequalities that exist in Scotland and to ensure everyone has equal opportunity. We encourage all applications for this post, particularly from those who are currently under-represented in the creative and arts sectors. Impact Arts welcomes all people no matter their age, race, gender, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, class, cultural background, disability, marital status, pregnancy or maternity status.

We want to make sure that process barriers do not get in the way of applicants, so if you have any accessibility needs in regards to any parts of this process (or want to discuss alternative ways to show your skills and relevant experience), please get in touch.

To apply: Submit up to 6 examples of your artistic practice in a digital format and either a one page proposal or 3 minute video pitch outlining why you are interested in the programme, your future ambitions for once you have completed it and your relevant experience to date to

Deadline: 10th January 9am

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