Thursday, 24 January 2008

Being Inspired 2

Being Inspired 2

Solihull Gallery and Arts Development team are recruiting 6 arts practitioners to embark on the Being Inspired 2 Project with us.

To apply for these commissions please send:
- Up to date CV
- Examples of previous projects
- Photocopy of CRB ( police check)
- Cover letter expressing your interest and detailing how you propose to run the project

Send in the post or email:

Aimee Green
Solihull Gallery and Arts Development
Solihull Arts Complex
Homer Road
B91 3RG

For more information contact Aimee Green, 0121 704-8349/

Back Ground Information

Solihull Gallery and Arts Development team are running a community art project in connection with a gallery exhibition. This project will involve one Gallery exhibition, 3 community groups, 3 lead artists and 3 trainee artists.

The project is funded though the Gallery using Arts Council funding to run a series of art workshops in the community setting of the chosen groups inspired by the exhibition, ‘Centre Point’ in the art form most preferred by the group. The content of the project will be determined by the lead artist who is also responsible for mentoring the trainee artists through facilitating the workshops.

The community Groups that we are in partnership with to run this year’s Being Inspired project are:

• Xstream youth group

• Solihull Stroke Association

• Bruce Burns, Psychiatric Unit, Solihull Hospital

Call for Artists!

We are recruiting 3 lead artists and 3 trainee artists.

We require:

• One lead artist to work with Bruce Burns Unit, a local psychiatric unit to work in the Photographic medium. A knowledge or experience of working with people with Mental Health problems is ideal. We also require one trainee artist to support them. The trainee artists could also be from a photographic background, but we will welcome any medium that could compliment this. Such as creative writing, story telling…
• One lead artist to work with X-tream, a youth group based in Solihull with a group of young people during their half term week in February. This project will involve commitment to work with the group for 2-3 hours each day across the whole half term week or selected full days within that week. X-tream would like to work with an animation artist. The artist will need to be able to work with the youth centre limited computers or bring in their own. We are able to buy licenses for essential software. An experience of working with young people is essential and within an education setting is desirable. One trainee artist is also needed for this project, working in animation or a medium that would compliment this.
• One lead Artist to work with, ‘The Stroke Association’ a group that supports people that have suffered strokes. The lead artists will need previous experience of working with community groups similar to this and demonstrate the ability to work with people with communication difficulties. The medium for this is visual arts. We are open to suggestions and proposals around what visual arts can be explored. The arts development team has consulted with the group and this can be drawn upon by the lead artist. We require one trainee artist from any art form that has experience of working in a care setting and can be comfortable work with people with communication difficulties.

Lead Artist requirements

We require an art practitioner that has worked on a regional or national scale and has extensive experience of art workshop facilitation, experience of working with trainee artists is desirable, but just an expression of interest to do this is fine. A knowledge or experience of working with the specific community groups is also desirable.

Fee: £800 (inclusive of planning ½ day and ½ briefing of trainee artist, 7 x 2hour sessions)

Plus £100 for evaluation of project

There is a separate materials budget.

Trainee Artist Requirements

We aim to give three trainee artists a mentoring process to help them to move into working in community art in a participatory sense. You may already have experience of this already, or demonstrate a strong interest in this area but need an project of this kind to give you the experience and confidence to run your own project as a lead artist. There is a fee for this role, but a small one. This is a great opportunity to work with an experienced participatory artist, learn valuable skills and best practice and meet some of Solihull’s community groups and arts development team.



All artists must be CRB checked and Lead artists have public liability.

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