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Freelance Opportunity: Project Manager, Lift the Lid on Island Culture

Fixed-term freelance contract

Start date: 1 May 2018

End date: 29 Feb 2020

Contract Fee: £42,000

Application deadline: 10am Mon 16th April 2018

Interview date: Fri 20th April 2018

Quay Arts is the lead organisation on the Cultural Education Partnership (CEP) and require a dedicated freelance Project Manager to manage a new arts project titled Lift the Lid on Island Culture (LTL).

Project Summary

LTL aims to reignite a sense of pride and passion in cultural heritage on the Isle of Wight.

This will be achieved through a commissioning programme resulting in offsite artworks in four areas across the IW (Pan/Newport, East Cowes, Freshwater and Ventnor) and a schools response exhibition at Quay Arts. It will emphasise the diversity of cultural experiences on the Island and showcase music, visual arts and dance by encouraging wide participation as well as encouraging new audiences to experience site-specific commissioned work by established contemporary artists and performers.

Coinciding with the European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018 and the Year of the Biosphere in 2019, LTL will entice new and existing audiences through related workshops, talks, expos and events and provide new opportunities for and by young people across the Island.

The project will ultimately effect the direction of travel for the Island’s cultural sector – the Cultural Education Partnership members, who are working together purposefully to ensure future collaboration and joined up thinking across the Isle of Wight and build a strong case for support for the arts and heritage to future funders. Current funders for LTL are Arts Council England, Artswork, LA Section 106, Education & Skills Funding Agency, IW Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Mike Howley Trust.

The Role of the Project Manager

The Project Manager will report to a steering group of representatives from partner organisations and will plan and implement a programme of co-ordinated events across the arts and cultural sector on the Island, celebrating the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 and raise awareness of the cultural diversity on the Island.

Project activity will be supported by the IW Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (IWAONB) who will be managing a parallel Creative Apprentice programme of two apprentices, leading into the Year of the Biosphere in 2019, establishing new ways to improve the relationship between people and their environment.

It is envisaged that the Project Manager will be based at Quay Arts, but it will be necessary to visit the commission sites, partner organisations and Island schools.

There is potential for this to be a job share with one person managing the commission process and community engagement programme and another person managing the education / schools and final exhibition programme.

For full information about this opportunity and how to apply, download the Role Description and Project Activity Timeline.

Download the Role Description and Project Activity Timeline