Creative Producer ‘The Future World of Work’, FACT

OPPORTUNITY: FREELANCE CREATIVE PRODUCER
Title: Creative Producer ‘The Future World of Work’

(Freelance Position – self-employed)

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Reporting to: Head of Programme
Contract: 10 months approx. (150 days between 15 January and 15 November 2018)
Hours of Work: Variable and as necessary to fulfil the scope of responsibility within the role. This may involve some weekend and evening work and hours can be flexible to accommodate this.
Location: FACT
Fee £200 per day

Application Process Please complete the application form and email to recruitment@fact.co.uk
Closing Date Monday 18 December 2017, by 12pm
Interviews at FACT on: 3 – 5 January 2018
Earliest Start Date: 15 January 2018 (dependant on availability) 2

About FACT

FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) is the UK’s leading media arts centre, based in Liverpool. It is a space where people, art and technology meet. Since the opening of the award-winning building in 2003, FACT has welcomed nearly four million visitors, and every year over 300,000 people visit the three galleries, lab spaces, café, bar and four cinema screens.

In 2016 FACT commissioned 18 new artworks, and presented 53 ambitious re-staging of existing work. FACT’s commissions and exhibitions also toured across the UK and to Australia, South Korea, Spain and France, resulting in 486,000 visits. Over the years, FACT has worked with internationally acclaimed artists, including Pipilotti Rist, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Weerasethakul Apichatpong, and Wu Tsang.

FACT’s critically acclaimed Learning Programme experiments with the notion of the art centre as an expanded classroom for lifelong learning, a space for critical dialogues, artistic experiences and intergenerational encounters.

In 2018, the exhibitions and public programme are an invitation to play with FACT, celebrating a decade since Liverpool was European Capital of Culture. This feeds into FACT’s mission to originate, articulate and present a programme of excellent innovative art through three keys strands: Exhibition & Public Programme, Learning, and Research & Innovation.

About The Future World of Work

The Future World of Work is a city-wide programme reimagining what employment will look like in the near future through participatory art experiences, industry based residencies, and research and engagement initiatives.

TFWOW sets out to explore challenging scenarios and the implications of technology and innovation on issues of labour. From sole traders to multinational corporations, working life has been irreversibly changed by technology and globalisation, be it off shore call centres, flexible hour contracts, or automated production lines. TFWOW revolves around five key themes (the gig economy, skilling up, working time, de-globalisation, and automation and AI), and aims to inspire and engage communities, young people, artists, academics, entrepreneurs and employers across Liverpool and beyond.

The Programme of Activities will take place throughout 2018 as part of Liverpool 2018, a year-long programme of cultural projects to mark the tenth anniversary of Liverpool being European Capital of Culture. It will include: a large scale participatory new commission; a series of workplace residencies; a public programme of talk and debates in collaboration with the International Business Festival 2018; an intergenerational learning programme; a mass participation event featuring public realm and public engagement activities; a major gallery exhibition at FACT in 2019; a bespoke portal/website to support research and dissemination as well as access to further information around training and resources; and a marketing campaign.

Please request the full Project Summary for more information.

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Purpose of post

The Future World of Work Creative Producer’s main purpose will be to lead, manage and coordinate the programme, ensuring the successful development and delivery of all of its strands of activity. The post holder will be responsible, amongst others, for partnership building, production, and engagement processes, working closely with designated staff across various departments at FACT. He/she will also collaborate with our main partner, Liverpool City Council, aligning the programme and its activity to the city’s agenda.

Strategic partnerships will include collaborating with key sector networks to capitalise on synergies, maximise resources, profile and visibility, and to source the location for the workplace residencies. Strategic collaborations will include Liverpool Cultural Partnership, the Liverpool City Region LEP and the broader commercial sector, the International Business Festival, and the HEI and FE fields.

Production responsibilities include the lead commission, the residencies and the mass participation event, working alongside the appointed artists to facilitate their visions throughout the creative process and embed them within the Liverpool landscape.

The Creative Producer will also be instrumental in forming collaborations and mobilising communities, ensuring the involvement of key and relevant groups and organisations as part of the engagement process.

The Creative Producer will collaborate with the Fundraising and Development and the Marketing and Communications teams to support them in developing their Project Plans and meeting their goals and targets.

The Creative Producer will undertake all project management duties, overseeing as well as monitoring the budget, ensuring that timelines are followed and deadlines are met calling and coordinating partner meetings, and producing reports for stakeholders as required.

Key Responsibilities

● Developing, producing and overseeing a holistic and cohesive programme of activities across the various partners, stakeholders and collaborators
● Overall programme management including scheduling, budgets and cash flow, risk assessments, contracting, reporting and evaluation
● Developing strategic partnerships, both pre-existing and new ones
● Sourcing the locations for the workplace residencies
● Recruiting the artists in residence through a process of open calls and selection panels, and overseeing their placements in the various workplace settings
● Working with the artists to produce their proposals, assessing risk and considering all practicalities while retaining a positive “can-do” attitude
● Contracting and managing all services (i.e. Technical production, installation and deinstallation, facilitation and/or consultancy)
● Managing site procurements and other public event requirements, including health and safety, permissions and public liability
● Inputting and feeding into the Community Engagement Plan
● Liaising with FACT’s Artistic Programme team and working across teams and departments in the organisation
● Leading on the documentation strategy, and engaging with the Portal/website through its Editorial group and regular content contribution
● Advocating for the programme in the commercial and cultural sectors, both locally and nationally, and representing it at meetings/events/ receptions/conferences
● Supporting on Marketing and Communications duties, assisting in the strategy to tell and share the story and producing copy and documentation materials
● Supporting on Fundraising duties, proactively assisting where possible in the development of the Fundraising Plan to secure match funding (preferably at a local level)

Person Specification
Essential

● Minimum of two project experiences in a similar post or undertaking large-scale public art commissions
● Experience of managing staff or contractors
● Experience of working with communities from different social and cultural backgrounds
● Experience of putting together and managing large-scale project budgets

Desirable

● Experience and knowledge of FACT’s Artistic Programme
● Knowledge of and passion for digital culture, contemporary art and ‘The Future World of Work’
● Experience of working with business/the commercial sector
● Experience in fundraising

Key Behavioural Competencies

● A positive disposition with the ability able to stay motivated and focused
● Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
● The ability to remain calm and focused when working under pressure and in difficult participatory scenarios
● Self-motivated and highly organised
● Flexible approach to the working week

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