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Artist Facilitator Role with WEVAA

Artist Facilitator Role with WEVAA

Locksbrook Studio, Bath Spa University

The West of England Visual Arts Alliance, hosted at Bath Spa University, are seeking an experienced Artist Facilitator to lead a series of workshops

What is WEVAA?

The West of England Visual Arts Alliance (WEVAA) is working to transform the future of visual arts in the region by providing opportunities and development towards a more progressive, sustainable and inclusive sector by 2024. Co-led by Spike Island and Visual Arts South West, the consortium includes partners Bath Spa University School of Art, Bristol City Council, The Brunswick Club, Creative Youth Network, Culture Weston, North Somerset Council and UWE Bristol.

As part of WEVAA’s work, Bath Spa University are running an exciting widening participation pilot project that seeks to open up the School of Art, Film and Media. Through a series of visual arts workshops, Bath Spa University seeks to engage young people from the region and open up the possibility of studying creative subjects in Higher Education. The university’s ambition is that young people become familiar with the Art & Design campus at Locksbrook Road.

Bath Spa University will also be running a practical and creative training session for local art teachers, where they hope to establish a supportive dialogue and exchange between the School of Art and educators in the region.

About the role

Bath Spa University is seeking an experienced creative facilitator to work with a group of 15-16-year-olds from Bath over three days in August, with follow-up sessions in September and October. Using studio spaces and workshops at the Locksbrook Campus, the group will be introduced to new processes and practices in the visual arts. The group will be given the opportunity to showcase their work at an exhibition in the Michael Pennie Gallery at the Locksbrook Campus.

In addition to delivering the workshops for young people, the artist will deliver a practical training session for local secondary art teachers, introducing the School of Art and what we do.

 Who we are looking for

Bath Spa University is looking for a practicing artist, ideally with connections to Bath or North East Somerset, with experience of delivering high quality visual arts workshops to a range of audiences, particularly within schools and communities.

Based on the nature of the project, Bath Spa University requires you to be available for ALL of the following dates:

  • Wednesday 3rd August (09.30-16:30)
  • Thursday 4th August (09.30-16:30)
  • Friday 5th August (09.30-16:30)
  • Saturday 24th September (09.30-16:30)
  • Monday 3rd October (16:30-19:30pm)
  • Wednesday 5th October (17:30-20:30)

Applicants must hold a current DBS check.

Bath Spa University particularly welcome applications from people who are currently underrepresented in the UK visual arts sector, including those who identify as D/deaf, disabled, neurodivergent and or LGBTQIA+, people from lower socio-economic backgrounds, or living or working in areas of socio- economic deprivation, and those who experience racism.

Fees

£250.00 daily rate for workshop delivery.

How to apply

Bath Spa University have designed the application process to be as simple as possible. Applications will be submitted by filling out the Google Form linked here.

This form asks you for:

  • Your Name
  • Your contact information
  • Your postcode and geographic location
  • If submitting as audio or video, a link to where this can be found.
  • An expression of interest (up to 750 words). We are happy to accept video and audio versions. 750 words is approximately 6-7 minutes speaking time. Private YouTube links can be used to submit these. We would like you to include:
    • An outline of your experience working with schools and communities
    • What you would bring to the project
    • A brief description of your arts practice
  • 10-15 images and/or up to 3 video files of recent work, with relevant captions. You may like to include a download link for a file sharing platform such as Dropbox or Google Drive in your application.
  • A current CV (maximum two pages)
  • Your access document (if applicable)
  • A reference under offer

If the Google Form causes you any difficulties, you may make your submission as a Word document, answering all of the above. Please email this to s.hesselberg@bathspa.ac.uk
If you have any other access requirements or need to submit the application in any other format please contact s.hesselberg@bathspa.ac.uk. We would like to remove as many barriers as possible.

Deadline to apply

Thursday 7th July, 12:00pm (midday)

Timeline

  • Shortlisting will take place on Friday 8th July.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an informal interview which will take place online on Friday 15th July with members of the Spa Bath WEVAA team. We will ask a few questions, which we will send in advance.
  • Decisions made and successful candidate contacted by close of play on Friday 15th July.

If you have any questions and would like to discuss the opportunity further, please contact Natasha Kidd, Academic Lead for WEVAA (n.kidd@bathspa.ac.uk) and/or Simone Hesselberg, Research Assistant for WEVAA (s.hesselberg@bathspa.ac.uk).