Freelance Appointment – Creative Consultant

February- April 2015

Ideas, People & Places: Arts & Minds Programme

We wish to appoint an experienced consultant with a background in the arts and creative sectors to work with Tai Calon Community Housing and its partners to help launch an experimental creative programme alongside an Environmental Improvement Programme (EIP) and regeneration projects. This is a rare opportunity to influence and help shape a more mainstream role for the arts within Tai Calon.

The EIP is a major neighbourhood renewal and open spaces programme tackling decline in some of the most deprived housing areas in south Wales. Arts and Minds is one of seven recently funded projects supported by the Arts Council for Wales through the Ideas, People and Places (IPP) programme. The IPP is innovative and experimental, and investing in a small number of exemplary projects that genuinely seek to test new models of regeneration and collaboration through the arts. The project is taking place across Blaenau Gwent, located in south east Wales.

The Arts and Minds project requires a Creative Consultant to work with Tai Calon and its core consortium partners, Head4Arts, the Life Leisure Trust and Blaenau Gwent CBC, to determine whether our approach is the right way forward and to help us to make the most effective start to the 3 year programme.

This will be a short-term approximately 6 – 8 weeks appointment to begin with: to review the overall approach; experience first hand and advise on artistic involvement at the different stages of the EIP; to explore opportunities and set out a plan for arts involvement over the next 3 years; and explore our idea for making a longer term appointment of a Creative Principal to infiltrate and influence the organisation.

Arts and Minds is brand new and experimental, and we would like to hear from candidates with the confidence and experience to explore and challenge what is actually done as well as contribute new ideas. We would like to hear from people with a good understanding of the role of community arts as well as contemporary arts, curating and arts programming expertise as well as an appreciation for the built environment and community regeneration. An understanding of the characteristics and challenges of working within deprived communities will also be important.

The fee is up to £5,000 (plus VAT if registered) based on skills and experience. We envisage that the consultant would work on a part-time basis, averaging a couple of days a week. Whilst there will be flexibility in terms of the actual days worked on a week by week basis, many of those days the consultant may need to be at the Tai Calon office located in Nantyglo, and some days they could work from home. Therefore the ability to travel and work flexibly is essential as well as making an immediate start in February.

The Consultant would be contracted on a free-lance basis, and would be responsible for his/her own national insurance, tax and VAT payments.

To apply, please send a brief CV, and a covering letter explaining why you believe you are the right applicant for the position to:

Please include details of your fee, including day rates, total number of days and expenses.

Submissions are required by 12 noon on Monday 9th February. Whilst this is initially a short term commission its an important strategic role and so a short-list of around 3 will be invited to meet the consortium at an interview to be held on Friday 13th February.

If you have any queries regarding this brief, please contact Kate Strudwick on 01495 357815.