Commission – Community Engagement Artist, Step Up MCR

  • Closes: 14th December 2020
  • Type: Part time
  • Salary: Paid (£15k-20k pro rata)
  • Contact: Nicole Hope hello@stepupmcr.org

Step Up MCR is the new place-based giving scheme for Manchester, primarily focusing on the neighbourhoods of Ancoats, Beswick, Clayton and Openshaw. Our aim is to connect people in order to enable ideas to flourish and to support giving, whether of time, money, resources, or expertise.

We will support and develop new projects led by the community which boosts overall health and wellbeing of the place. 

The Brief

Step Up MCR is searching for local artists to design and deliver creative approaches to community engagement. We’re looking for ideas that inspire community spirit by appealing to people’s imagination.

We want to capture what people love about their neighbourhoods with the ambition to stimulate, inspire and generate ideas for projects from local people.

We want artistic engagement to grow the seeds of community ideas into live projects that are supported through place-based giving.

We have an extension on Arts Council funding for community engagement activities until 31st March. Our remaining budget is £9,000 and we may decide to commission multiple artists for a timeline of events in Ancoats, Beswick, Clayton and Openshaw up until this point.

The coronavirus pandemic has put some of our big plans on hold

We hoped that Step Up’s launch would go off with a bang through a series of artistic events, exhibitions, visual displays and activities taking place at the heart of neighbourhoods with hands on, face to face involvement from our residents.

We recognise that Covid-19 presents significant challenges to the kind of community activity we first envisioned. While there are barriers, months of lockdown also mean that its more crucial than ever to make people feel connected to their community. 

We know that many people in our communities are digitally isolated, so we’ve brainstormed some examples of things people can do alongside Government guidelines from the comfort of their own garden, street, balcony or front door:

  • guerrilla gardens,
  • creating window planters for neighbours,
  • scarecrow competitions,
  • DJ street parties,
  • bingo,
  • exercise classes.