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Guild Producer

Are you here to support artists and champion talent, energy and ideas that can change our world? Enjoy doing things differently and love immersing yourself in creative events? If so, this social enterprise might just have the opportunity for you… 

East Street Arts are a creative social enterprise and charity. They create space for making art, social events and learning opportunities to make our cities better places to live and work. Guild is a ground breaking four-year programme of work supported by Arts Council England, A-N, Leeds University, Key Fund, Stockholm Environment Institute and Locality to create a bespoke programme of support opportunities for artist-led groups and spaces nationally.

This programme is designed to tackle some of the biggest challenges the artist-led* sector faces – and they are looking for someone to help them do it. You would be joining ESA 18 months into the Guild programme and at a pivotal point in its development. As a Guild Producer, you will work with the whole team at East Street Arts to plan and deliver a range of events and activities designed to unlock artists potential and advocate for better livelihoods for artists on a local, national and international scale.

The ideal candidate will know how to manage events in a creative environment and have a passion for supporting the progress of a dynamic and creative company in Leeds that works nationally and internationally.

Whatever your background, they are looking for someone with real dedication to cultivating the artistic sector of the future. So, if this sounds like you then they would love to hear from you.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Programme

  • Work with the Directors and Artist Support Lead to shape the development of the Guild public programme: including workshops, seminars, talks and discussions
  • Focus on quality control of Guild’s outputs, ensuring they are relevant, inclusive and provide a genuinely alternative offer to what is already available nationally
  • Manage programme delivery by writing and implementing schedules, identifying key milestones, liaising with partners and staff, and maintaining a high standard of communication across all elements of the project

Direct Artist Support

  • Act as a conduit for the Guild Cohort (20 artist groups on a bespoke development programme) to make sure they access the resources and opportunities the programme has to offer, as well as wider access to East Street Arts offer
  • Lead on the delivery of the Guild Cohort Support Programme including visits to their local areas, identifying mentorship opportunities and acting as a primary point of contact
  • Collaborate with the Research and Content Developer to design digital resources such as podcasts, videos and other outputs to be shared on their online platform

Finance and Fundraising

  • Manage smaller to medium event and programme budgets
  • Report to the Artist Support Lead on budget management and financial planning

Communications

  • Oversee external relationships including arranging quarterly steering group meetings
  • Ensure regular internal communication with other team members and Directors
  • Support the Research and Content Developer to distribute online resources and identify opportunities for digital partnership development

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KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Proven administrative, producing and event management experience in a creative environment
  • Cares about artist development and able to provide strategic advice and artistic feedback
  • Able to work in an environment that is responsive to its beneficiaries needs and regularly changes direction to ensure it meets its artistic vision
  • Experience of financial management and fundraising
  • Knowledgeable and networked in the artist-led sector
  • Experience of working directly with artists
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends as well as travel overseas when required (will be assessed on a case by case basis with childcare and access requirements in mind)
  • Well rounded interpersonal skills and is confident in communicating and collaborating with people from a variety of backgrounds and fields
  • Curious to participate in and experience ESA’s broad offer of artist support and programme
  • Able to respond to challenging situations calmly and creatively and a DIY approach at heart
  • Proven ability to coordinate, deliver and lead on public programmes
  • Committed to diversity and equity, with experience in creating inclusive environments and programmes
  • Experience of delivering training or workshops is desirable

TO APPLY

  • Complete and send the THREE following documents to this email as part of one application with the subject title [YOUR NAME – Guild Producer East Street Arts]:
    1. Complete the Application Form here
    2. Complete the Equal Opportunities Form here 
    3. Send your CV and short Cover Letter (addressed to Creative Access) before Friday 4th October at 5pm
  • Do not contact the company directly
  • The start date for this position is ideally by December 2019, but is flexible