Independents Biennial, Artist Liaison – Art in Liverpool C.I.C.

Job title: Independents Biennial, Artist Liaison
Company: Art in Liverpool C.I.C.
DEADLINE: 15th August 2019
INTERVIEWS: 19th August 2019
Salary: £16.22/ph (total budget – £6,748)
Hours: 8 hours
Contact: Patrick Kirk-Smith, [SUBJECT: Artist Liaison Application]

Art in Liverpool are hiring an Artist Liaison to support the development of Independents Biennial 2020. Independents Biennial is a festival focussed on showing the best of Merseyside. Over the next twelve months our focus is to widen and diversify the artists we work with. Thanks to Arts Council England’s Project Grants, we have a budget for an organisation or individual to work with us as a dedicated part of the project.

The post is funded by Arts Council England for the first twelve months, with potential to extend.

In 2018 we produced the largest edition of Independents Biennial in the festival’s history, with more artists and more venues since the festival’s foundation over 20 years ago. It was also the most diverse edition of the festival where the artist list was concerned, but we found many ways to improve.

The key targets are to widen participation from BAME artists, artists in receipt of income support, and/or from working class backgrounds, and artists at polar opposite ends of their career.

The successful candidate must have an exceptional familiarity with visual arts in Merseyside, have an existing network of artists to build on, and be willing to work flexible hours where necessary. A full person specification is below:

Person Specification (please clearly evidence the below in your application)


  • In depth knowledge of Merseyside’s visual arts
  • An active creative practice
  • Experience of managing large numbers of people
  • Experience of working closely with project partner organisations
  • At least three year’s relevant professional experience
  • Experience of building development project
  • Knowledge or experience of widening participation in the arts


  • Educated to degree level in a relevant subject
  • Familiarity with the history & background of Independents Biennial

We are passionate about having a diverse workforce at Art in Liverpool, it helps us tell stories no one else can, and represent the region in all of its wonderful corners. We welcome applications from everybody regardless of background or beliefs.

If you are applying as an individual, please apply with a full CV, covering letter, and anything else you think might support your application to [SUBJECT LINE: “Artist Liaison Application] no later than midnight on 15th August 2019. Successful applicants will be invited to interview on Monday 19th August.

If you are applying as an organisation, please apply with an outline of your organisation’s relevant work to date (preferably in CV form), covering letter, and details of how you would intend on delivering the work within twelve months, and on budget. Please apply to [SUBJECT LINE: “Artist Liaison Application] no later than midnight on 15th August 2019. Successful applications will be invited to interview on Monday 19th August.

If you have any questions please email and we’ll be more than happy to help where appropriate.