Birmingham Museums Trust seek Freelance Creative Practitioner
Closing date: 26 September 2013read more...
Birmingham Museums Trust
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.firstname.lastname@example.org For any queries regarding this brief, please phone Richard Statham on 0121 303 2782.