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Freelance Community Artist – Speke Adventure Playground


The Brief:

Speke Adventure Playground is looking to engage a Community Artist to help us better connect the young people from Speke with the City’s wider cultural scene by delivering three separate projects that develops their creative thinking, skills and self expression.  We want you to help inspire, build confidence and support self-achievement through the use of creative/visual art and costume design.

We want to engage an artist, whose innovation exceeds our in house capacity, to deliver inclusive opportunities across various art forms that will support learning, bridge isolation, promote diversity and explore differences between people/cultures by creating costumes and art structures that drives our participation in wider city events; examples might include Brazilica, Liverpool Pride or the International Street Carnival, but we are open to your suggestions and wider input.

Through your engagement we would like our young people to experience success, work in groups and individually, to challenge their perceptions, develop their creativity and through unique platforms be able to reflect, understand and explore self-awareness and self-expression.

About You:

You will need to demonstrate that you have past experiences of working with local community groups and preferably young people and be able to showcase some of your artistic and creative achievements to date.  Although not essential, formal qualifications would be an advantage.

You also need to be well connected with the City’s cultural programmes and be able to make links between City events and opportunities that our young people can actively participate in.

We also want you to work with our staff to develop an outline programme/ideas for them to deliver creative arts projects throughout the year.

Consultation and evaluation with the young people will also be key and although we will support this activity we would like to work with you to explore how we can evidence impact in more creative ways.

About Us:

The centre provides free open access to all eligible children once registered by their parents and is open 6 days a week 6 hours a day and 4 hours on a Saturday providing after school activities, school holiday provision, youth clubs and weekend programmes.

Our original aims from 1975 were ‘Provision of an open access play facility for young persons of Speke and surrounding areas/integration of young persons with physical/mental health needs, working with inclusion groups’. The core value of supporting young people from Speke has never faltered and today the Venny provides a free open access play facility for all children but specifically those aged 8-16 years incorporating a staffed purpose built play centre with play areas, learning rooms, arts and crafts, a chill out zone, adventure play structures, an all weather sports pitch and seasonal activity programmes. The staff are qualified play workers who manage the activities and encourage child led play and learning using an array of methods and approaches, which all fall under the Every Child Matters umbrella:

  • Be Healthy
  • Stay Safe
  • Enjoy and Achieve
  • Economic Well-Being
  • Make a positive contribution

Terms of Engagement:

Fee: £30 p.h.
Materials Budget: £400 p.a
Duration: 10 x 2 hours sessions x 3 years
Start Date: To be Agreed

Expressions of Interest:
Please submit a formal application addressing the key work areas, skills and requirements listed in the brief.  All submissions need to be addressed to Michael Carey and emailed to spekeadventureplayground@gmail.com with all responses to be received before 5.00pm on 24th November 2017.