Birmingham Museums Trust seek Freelance Creative Practitioner

Closing date: 26 September 2013

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Birmingham Museums Trust

Location: Birmingham

Remuneration:Fee negotiable

Description:

Birmingham Museums has embarked upon the development of a major new HLF-funded Gallery to display the Staffordshire Hoard.

As part of this major new development, Birmingham Museums Trust seeks to employ a creative practitioner / organisation to deliver elements of a community-based project for people with visual / motor impairment to develop new interpretative resources. Participants will be consulted about aspects of the new gallery plans before producing a resource designed to improve access to the gallery for people with visual / motor impairment as well as all visitors.

The project will include the following elements:

  • A short programme of consultation workshops for people with visual or motor impairments at which different approaches and resources can be piloted. For example, participants will be invited to handle different types of replica artefacts and asked to describe their responses and ways of conveying these responses to other people.
  • Development of at least one new gallery resource to address the specific access needs of people in these groups in a targeted way. For example, resources could include representations of the Hoard's historical context accessible to people with visual impairment. Resources could also highlight an understanding and appreciation of different sensory ways of accessing the Hoard other than visual means alone. Discussions will also feed into the development of general gallery interpretation.
  • Development of a template for future sessions and services for people with disabilities

Key tasks of the creative practitioner / organisation will include the following:

  • Attendance at initial set up meetings with BMT and partner organisations
  • Development of a clear initial strategy for the delivery of the project in partnership with BMT and partner organisations
  • Planning and delivery of 7 workshops sessions with participants in partnership with BMT and partner organisations, including plenary session and consultation session with project participants
  • Development of workshops and resources which will meet the general guidelines of the brief
  • Development of a template document
  • Participation in the evaluation process as required
  • In addition, the Creative Practitioner will be asked to assist with the following additional tasks:
  • Assistance in the development of the resource brief
  • Scoping, planning and development of the resource, in partnership with BMT and partner organisations
  • Providing relevant assistance and support to BMT in the production of the resource

Programmes will be a mixture of in-reach and outreach delivered in partnership with museum staff.

The creative practitioner / organisation will meet the following specification:

  • Experience of facilitating creative projects with people with disabilities, including visual and motor impairment
  • An understanding of the needs of people with visual and motor impairment
  • An understanding of the barriers to access to museum displays faced by people with visual and motor impairment and of ways of overcoming these
  • Experience of working at a professional level within a relevant field such as exhibition design or the development of interpretation or artwork within an exhibition or display context
  • Used to working organically with groups i.e. intuitively able to respond to individual and group needs
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Used to working with diverse groups and an understanding of cultural differences
  • Interest in the Staffordshire Hoard and knowledge and understanding of its history
  • Availability during October 2013 – March 2014
  • Current CRB certificate and Public Liability insurance

Planning and delivery of the project will take place between Sept 2013 and June 2014, with the bulk of delivery taking place October – December 2013.

The deadline for receipt of applications is Thursday, 26th September. A more detailed brief is attached along with a summary of the Hoard Activity Plan as a whole.

Your response should include:

  • Qualifications, experience and track record in the areas described in the person specification and CV
  • Details of how you would approach the project
  • A breakdown of fees, costs and timeline of your proposed working schedule allocation
  • Any commitments you already have for this period of time
  • Contact details (phone and email) of two referees

How to apply:
Interested parties should submit their proposals by email to: Richard.statham@birminghammuseums.org.uk For any queries regarding this brief, please phone Richard Statham on 0121 303 2782.

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Job opportunities with Disability Wales

Disability Wales/Disability Arts Cymru have two job vacancies currently available - Business Development Manager (Disabled Person) - and Policy and Public Affairs Manager (Disabled Person).

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Business Development Manager (Disabled Person):

NJC 35-39, £29,236 - £32,800 - 35 hours per week.

Closing date: 2nd September 2013. Interviews: 13th September 2013.

Policy and Public Affairs Manager (Disabled Person):

To cover Maternity Leave, minimum of 10 months.

NJC 35-39, £29,236 - £32,800 - 35 hours per week.

Closing date: 2nd September 2013.  Interviews: 12th September 2013.

For more information and to apply:

Telephone: 029 2088 7325

Email: info@disabilitywales.org

Website: www.disabilitywales.org

Birmingham Museums Trust seek Creative Practitioner

Creative practitioner required to facilitate a project in which people with visual / motor impairment will be consulted and develop new resources for the HLF-funded Staffordshire Hoard Gallery at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

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As part of this major new development, Birmingham Museums Trust seeks to employ a creative practitioner or organisation - to deliver elements of a community-based project for people with visual / motor impairment to develop new interpretative resources.

Participants will be consulted about aspects of the new gallery plans before producing a resource designed to improve access to the gallery.

The project will include the following elements:

  • A short programme of consultation workshops for people with visual or motor impairments at which different approaches and resources can be piloted. For example, participants will be invited to handle different types of replica artefacts and asked to describe their responses and ways of conveying these responses to other people.
  • Development of at least one new gallery resource to address the specific access needs of people in these groups in a targeted way. For example, resources could include representations of the Hoard's historical context accessible to people with visual impairment. Resources could also highlight an understanding and appreciation of different sensory ways of accessing the Hoard other than visual means alone. Discussions will feed into the development of general gallery interpretation.
  • Development of a template for future sessions and services for people with disabilities.

Key tasks of the creative practitioner or organisation will include the following:

Attendance at initial set up meetings with BMT and partner organisations.

  • Development of a clear initial strategy for the delivery of the project in partnership with BMT and partner organisations.
  • Planning and delivery of 7 workshops sessions with participants in partnership with BMT and partner organisations; including plenary session and consultation session with project participants.
  • Development of workshops and resources which will meet the general guidelines of the brief.
  • Development of a template document.
  • Participation in the evaluation process as required.

In addition, the Creative Practitioner will be asked to assist with the following additional tasks:

  • Assistance in the development of the resource brief
  • Scoping, planning and development of the resource, in partnership with BMT and partner organisations
  • Providing relevant assistance and support to BMT in the production of the resource

Programmes will be a mixture of in-reach and outreach delivered in partnership with museum staff. The creative practitioner or organisation will meet the following specification:

  • Experience of facilitating creative projects with people with disabilities, including visual and motor impairment
  • An understanding of the needs of people with visual and motor impairment
  • An understanding of the barriers to access to museum displays faced by people with visual and motor impairment and of ways of overcoming these
  • Experience of working at a professional level within a relevant field such as exhibition design or the development of interpretation or artwork within an exhibition or display context
  • Used to working organically with groups i.e. intuitively able to respond to individual and group needs
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Used to working with diverse groups and an understanding of cultural differences
  • Interest in the Staffordshire Hoard and knowledge and understanding of its history
  • Availability during October 2013 – March 2014
  • Current CRB certificate and Public Liability insurance

Planning and delivery of the project will take place between September 2013 and June 2014, with the bulk of delivery taking place between October and December 2013.

The deadline for receipt of applications is Thursday 12th September. Your response should include:

  • Qualifications, experience and track record in the areas described in the person specification and CV
  • Details of how you would approach the project
  • A breakdown of fees, costs and timeline of your proposed working schedule allocation
  • Any commitments you already have for this period of time
  • Contact details (phone and email) of two referees

How to apply:
For any queries regarding this brief, please phone Richard Statham on 0121 303 2782. Interested parties should submit their proposals by email to: Richard.statham@birminghammuseums.org.uk

Bastion presents an opportunity for actors

Offering the chance to work as part of a team, exploring ideas and devising material - both disabled and non-disabled actors are encouraged to apply for the following, which could lead to a part in the film installation piece 'Bastion'.

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Bastion will be a powerful and thought provoking installation exploring and exploding myths about the harmless fool.

Offering the chance to work as part of a team, exploring ideas and devising material - both disabled and non-disabled actors are encouraged to apply for the following, which could lead to a part in the film installation piece 'Bastion'.

Actors who are comfortable improvising with their voice and who have a strong physical presence are sought to participate. Disabled actors and actors with a learning disability are particularly welcome.
 
The six actors selected will be able to take part in a two-day devising lab on August 8th and 9th at Newhampton Arts Centre in Wolverhampton, for which a fee of £200 will be available.
 
Two actors selected from the lab will then work for a further three days to rehearse and act in the film piece on location in the West Midlands. This will take place on August 13th, 14th and15th with a fee of £300.
 
Some expenses and support with travel and accommodation may be available. The film is based in a barbershop. Actors may be asked to appear in the film with a skinhead style haircut.
 
There are two acting roles:

  • Bastion - (disabled or non-disabled male) aged 24 plus, playing the part of a barber.
  • The Customer - (disabled male).

Bastion is funded by Arts Council England. It will be directed by Ray Jacobs, assisted by Richard Hayhow and the piece will be shown in theatres and galleries across the West Midlands.

To apply, please send a current photo with an introductory letter and if possible a CV, before August 1st.
 
Applications should be sent to:

Ray Jacobs,
Associate Artist at DASH
The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE

Alternatively, please email: jacobsray@hotmail.com
 
For further enquires please contact Ray Jacobs on 07817194644 or at the email address above.

If you have particular access requirements, please contact Ray first. In most cases special arrangements will not be necessary or can be easily provided.