Creative Opportunities & commissions for June/July 2022

A round-up of opportunities available to creatives based on the Fylde Coast in June and July 2022.

These include grant funding, commissions, jobs, consultations, research projects and more. New opportunities will be added to this page as they arise. 

Job: Digitisation Preservation Technician

Salary: £20,043-£22,129 per annum
Location: Lancashire Archives, Preston
Hours: Full time
Contract: Fixed Term until 31/08/2024

Closing date: June 28th, 2022

Lancashire Archives, an accredited archive service based in Preston, is looking to appoint an enthusiastic and motivated Digitisation Preservation Technician. The Digitisation Preservation Technician will work alongside two existing Preservation Technicians and report to the Archive Conservator as part our Conservation Team. This team is responsible for ensuring the long-term survival of the archives in our care, so they can be enjoyed now and in the future by residents and researchers. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate or be able to develop, the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to support our work in the creation of surrogate copies of collections for orders, digitising collections, imaging for exhibitions and social media, and assisting as required within the Conservation Team.

The role
As a Digitisation Preservation Technician, you will support the delivery of the day-to-day creation of surrogate copies to fulfil commercial and non-commercial orders. You will digitise collections proactively as part of our Digitisation Programme and will be involved in creating images for reporting and advertising, exhibitions and social media. This will involve using digitisation equipment to make digital copies of archives such as maps, photographs, volumes, manuscript documents and sound recordings. Assisting the Conservation Team may include monitoring the storage environment conditions, using a range of supplies and equipment to undertake conservation cleaning, repackaging and minor repairs to archive material. Occasional tasks will include being involved in outreach projects, exhibition preparation, and assisting in conservation assessment, documentation, and transport of archival materials. The role may include supervising and training volunteers undertaking a cleaning and repackaging programme.

A photography or digitisation qualification, or equivalent professional experience would be desirable but not essential. The role may require lone-working and weekend/evening work on occasion. The role involves lifting and carrying, including the movement of archival collections and archival storage & imaging furniture/equipment, and manual handling of large, bulky and heavy conservation materials.

If you would like an informal discussion or any further information, please contact Alex Miller 01772 539076 or Mark O’Neill 01772 533035.

For application details please see: Digitisation Preservation Technician – LCC Careers (lancashire.gov.uk) 

De-/Anti-/Post-colonial Feminisms in Fine Art and Textile Craft

Create/Feminisms (Middlesex University) is organising 4 online research seminars, held on Zoom, June-July 2022 (2-6pm)

1) Decolonising Craft (June 14)

  • Keynote Speaker: Aarti Kawlra
  • Panellists: Fatima Hussain, Neelam Raina
  • Chair: Rima Saini

2) Feminist Pedagogies: learning to unlearn and decolonial toolkits (June 21)

  • Keynote Speaker: Dalida Maria Benfield
  • Panellists: Sharlene Khan, Michele Williams Gamaker, Isabelle Massu

3) De-/Anti-/Post-colonial Futures in Feminism (June 28)

  • Keynote Speaker: Francoise Verges
  • Panellists: Renee Mussai, Sahra Taylor, Antonia Majaca

4) Feminist De-/Anti-/Post-colonial Aesthetics (July 5)

  • Keynote Speaker: Madina Tlostanova
  • Panellists: Shanna Ketchum Heap O’Birds, Ayanna Dozier, Leslie C. Sotomayor.

These seminars have been organised with the belief that feminism needs to represent its own pluriversality as it continues to redefine local/global politics through its alliances and maintain its allegiances to diverse ways of thinking and making.

Each seminar will have a keynote, a panel of 2-3 papers and an open poster session.

Find out more and book a free ticket.

Training: Facebook Ads Manager for beginners

2-3pm, Wed 29 Jun 2022

In this one-hour webinar, presented by Alex Duffield – Meta Core Product Adoption Manager – we will cover all things Facebook Ads. Alex will explain how to get started with Ads Manager and how to go beyond boosting posts, including information on audience targeting, campaign objectives, ad testing and more.

The session will be hosted by Haydn Corrodus, Digital Culture Network Tech Champion for Social Media and there will be additional time for questions at the end.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to set up and use Business Manager
  • How to use the Facebook Ads platform
  • How to test your ads
What level is it?

Beginners – Participants will need to know how to access Facebook Business Manager and have an understanding of the Facebook platform.

What type of webinar is it?

Practical demonstration using presentation slides and the screen-share function. You will be able to ask questions using the Q+A function and engage with the presenters using the chat. This session will be hosted as a Zoom Webinar.

Can I book a place?

This webinar is presented as part of a funded programme for arts and cultural organisations. Free places are available for anyone who works with or for a publicly funded arts and cultural organisation and for those currently in receipt of or usually eligible for Arts Council funding.

Sold out? Please add yourself to the waiting list.

Can I ask questions?

Yes and we actively encourage it to shape the content. You can ask in advance on Twitter using the hashtag #DigitalCultureNetwork or message @ace_dcn. You can also ask questions on the day using the Zoom live stream chat facility.

Find our more and book here.

Job: Graduate Climate Action Officer

Contract: Permanent
Hours: 37 hours per week
Salary: Grade E SCP12- 17 £22,571- £24,920 per annum
Closing Date: 29th June 2022

We’re looking for two talented graduates to join our award-nominated and growing Climate Emergency Team at the centre of the organisation, playing a role in “keeping 1.5 alive”. You will focus solely on our Climate Emergency, helping to put the building blocks in place to achieve our goals, whilst working across the Council with different services to guide a diverse range of strategies and projects towards our environmental goals. You’ll also be able to work together to learn from each other, whilst benefitting from the experience of our friendly team. You’ll develop your skills “on the job” with support and supervision to achieve your goals, and work directly with senior staff, Councillors, and other organisations across the town and Fylde Coast. In time you’ll be given greater freedom and responsibility as you look to further your career.

Full details of your responsibilities are included in the Job Description. In your application you should evidence in detail how you meet every one of the requirements set out under Knowledge, Skills and Experience – think about your transferrable skills to help make sure you cover everything, and don’t be put off if you can’t think of an impressive example. We’re most interested in your potential.

To help with your application, we will be arranging an online event to introduce the work of the council, explain the process and invite you to ask questions. To register your interest, please email our Strategy and Climate Manager: [email protected].

The above event will take place on the 23rd June 2022 at 6pm, please email  Scott Butterfield on the above email address if you require the link to same.

More information and view the Job Description

Job: Arts Practitioner, TramShed Theatre Company

This exciting position for a Freelance Arts Practitioner is suitable for an enthusiastic, experienced and creative individual to join our arts team.

TramShed is an inclusive theatre company based in Blackpool with members across the Fylde coast and beyond. TramShed were established in 2005 and pride ourselves in offering the highest standard of inclusive performing arts workshops, performances and training.

Our Mission To bring individuals together to create outstanding, original and beautiful theatre which inspires and celebrates everyone.

Our Vision A self-sustaining independent organisation with a large active membership and key community partnerships. Widely recognised for dynamic delivery of exceptional inclusive activities by a robust and experienced leadership team. Varied and well- resourced ongoing workshops covering all aspects of performing arts, inclusive training, regular inclusive performances and an extensive programme of outreach within schools and community organisations.

Who we are looking for
This is a role for someone who has the passion, imagination and creative drive to assist with the delivery of inclusive performing arts workshops and perform as an actor, within an established inclusive theatre company.  We are looking for an experienced individual with a proven track record in the delivery of arts projects. This includes working within a variety of settings, working with a variety of ages and performance experience as an actor. A background in drama, music or dance is essential. The successful candidate will have a proactive, flexible and enthusiastic approach to teamwork.

We are looking to engage an individual for a freelance contract – initially working for five full days (between Monday 18thJuly – Thursday 3rdAugust 2022). Then a further 3-10 hours per week, working across Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde from September 2022. The post will commence on Monday 18th July 2022.  The successful candidate will have to undergo an Enhanced DBS check.  For further information on TramShed go to www.tramshed.org.uk

How to apply:

For an application pack please email [email protected] or contact Zac Hackett, Artistic Director on 07852 498427 for an informal and confidential discussion.

Closing date: Friday 1st July 2022 at 5pm

Blackpool Grand Theatre seeks new Board Members

Are you passionate about theatre, arts, education and heritage?
Could you offer your skills and experience to support the charities which own and run the Grand Theatre?
A vibrant, thriving community resource, The Grand welcomes applications from all walks of life, and you don’t have to have any previous experience, as full induction and training will be given.
It’s an important, rewarding and interesting role – a way of ‘giving back.
  • Applications close on Friday 8th July, 12-noon
  • Interviews will take place Thursday 21st July, from 1:30pm

Any questions? Contact [email protected]

To apply for this position please send your CV and a cover letter (as a word document) to [email protected] Postal applications: FAO Helen Booth, Blackpool Grand Theatre, 33 Church Street, Blackpool, Lancashire FY1 1HT.

Jobs: Roles at Ludus Dance

Artistic Director & Development Director
Two exciting opportunities for the posts of Artistic Director and Development Director, who will jointly manage Ludus Dance.
Salary range £34,000 to £38,000 (pro-rata)

Artistic Director (30 hours per week – flexible)
You will have specific responsibility for the artistic work of the company, furthering Ludus’ reputation for excellence in dance practice, particularly with young people. You will manage the company’s relationship with its key stakeholders including Arts Council England, lead on the company’s safeguarding policy and collaborate with the Development Director on strategic development, management of the Ludus team, on fundraising policy and bid writing. You should be a senior leader in the arts sector with experience in developing innovative programmes in the dance sector.

Development Director (22.5 hours per week – flexible)
With specific responsibility for overseeing fundraising, marketing, finance and stakeholder management, you will provide dynamic leadership to develop and deliver our vision and strategy, in partnership with our Artistic Director. You will already have gained leadership experience, likely in the cultural or charity sectors, including of strategic business planning and staff management

Ludus Dance is a leading arts charity, based in the North West of England and has been a leader in dance for over 40 years.  Their mission is to inspire, engage and empower people through dance.  We are an inclusive employer and wish to reflect the diverse communities we serve. They warmly welcome and encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and experiences.

For full details and application packs visit the website.

Please return the application pack with a cover letter to [email protected] 

Closing date: 13th July, 12 noon
Interview date: Scheduled for 1st August in Lancaster

The Hamish Ogston Foundation - Open for funding applications

Grants are available for charities throughout the UK for projects that protect important heritage sites, preserve, and protect choral and organ traditions, and address disparities in access to medical treatment and awareness.

The Hamish Ogston Foundation is offering grants starting from £1.5 million for charities throughout the United Kingdom to deliver heritage, music, and sustainable health projects that have measurable social outcomes and make a long-lasting difference.

Funding will support projects and activities that focus on the following funding areas:

  • Heritage – Protecting the heritage of important sites across the UK and preserving structures, their craftsmanship, and their traditions.
  • Music – Promoting the UK’s choral and organ traditions, including related initiatives and apprenticeships, to preserve their knowledge and culture.
  • Health – Working towards eliminating the disparities in both access to medical treatment and health awareness amongst the most disadvantaged sections of society.

Funding will be awarded to projects that align with the Foundation’s guiding strategy:

  • Encourage an entrepreneurial mindset – Secure the long-term sustainability of funded projects and, where appropriate, promote sustainable apprenticeships and employment.
  • Maximise the benefit – Provide a commercially-minded input to ensure that no money is wasted.
  • Address the North-South divide – Help address the economic divide between the South of England and the rest of the UK. Preference will be given to projects north of the line from the Severn to The Wash.
  • Easy to measure outcomes – Have measurable outcomes that are easily monitored to ensure a visible and lasting difference.

There is a two-stage application process, wherein applicants must first submit an outline application before being invited to complete a full application.

Applications can be made at any time. For more information visit https://www.hamishogstonfoundation.org/


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