Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Crafts Council Opportunity: Call for a Next Move Coordinator

Next Move Co-ordinator is sought by the Crafts Council to deliver the Next Move programme in England for the period March 2008 – March 2010

“At the time of finishing Next Move, I am the busiest I have been in my career to date, which in itself is a reflection of the scheme and the progression it has allowed me to make.”
James Maclachlan, Next Move placement University College Falmouth, 2005 - 07

Next Move is the innovative start-up scheme for new graduates from BA and MA applied arts and 3-d design courses, managed by the Crafts Council. Working in partnership with Higher Education Institutions it assists makers to set up a creative practice within a protective environment, with access to workspace and specialist equipment. It was launched in 2000 in partnership with Arts Council England North West supporting five makers working in five colleges in the North West region. Since its launch, the scheme has supported 56 makers, worked in partnership with 21 Higher Education Institutions, the majority more than once, across eight Arts Council England regions. Next Move is now in its seventh intake and is currently being piloted in Wales in partnership with Arts Council Wales. The Welsh placements are managed through Arts Council of Wales.

The Co-ordinator will ensure the delivery and completion of Next Move placements Group G (2006 & 07 graduates) in English colleges, including planning and delivery of the training programme. Placements run from September 2007 - December 2009. As well as monitoring and supporting these individuals the Co-ordinator will be expected to gather and collate data on this group for evaluation purposes in line with the aims and objectives of the scheme. A full induction will be given by the Crafts Council, with ongoing support to be provided by the Maker Development Team.

The Crafts Council offers a fee of £15,000 inclusive of all expenses. The Co-ordinator will be engaged as a freelancer. As a freelancer they will work from their own premises and be responsible for their own tax, National Insurance and any health and safety issues. The Co-ordinator will be accountable to the Maker Development Officer at the Crafts Council and will meet on a quarterly basis with them. The fee is based on approx. 60 days work over the two years, at £250/day. The Co-ordinator is expected to travel to all host colleges, and some overnight stays could be incurred. All expenses are expected to be covered in the fee stated.

Outline of responsibilities and duties

Management of current Next Move placements in England – Group G

Name of Placement Discipline Host College
Clare Willard Textiles University of Wolverhampton
Heather Gillespie Glass University of Wolverhampton
Kathryn Partington Jewellery School of Jewellery, UCE
Ekta Kaul Textiles Bath Spa University
Claire Loder Ceramics Bath Spa University
Shannon Clegg Ceramics University of Sunderland

• Each placement to receive two studio visits per year, to include a meeting with the host co-ordinator. Visits to be recorded through written studio reports
• Arrangement and delivery of training programme, including photography session for all placements, including those based in Wales
• All administration for the placements and hosts, including follow up support from training sessions or studio visits
• Written summaries outlining activities, visits and progress of placements to be submitted at quarterly meetings at the Crafts Council with the Maker Development Team
• Gather and collate data from placements and hosts for internal and external evaluation at the end of the scheme
• Ensure good communication with all parties, including the Crafts Council, Arts Council of Wales, host colleges and placements
• Act as an advocate for Next Move and the Crafts Council

Person specification

• Detailed knowledge of contemporary craft practice
• Experience of mentoring and / or teaching preferably within Higher or Further education
• Minimum of five years working directly with creative practices or running own practice
• Experience of managing and working with budgets
• Good project and time management skills, with the ability to start and complete tasks within a set time frame
• Self motivated, with the ability to work alone as well as part of a small team
• Good verbal and written communication skills, including negotiation, diplomacy and persuasion skills
• Intermediate IT Skills
• Able to travel throughout the UK on a frequent basis, which may include evenings and some overnight stays
• The Crafts Council has an Equal Opportunities policy which all freelancers are expected to implement in their work

Application Process

To apply for the Next Move Co-ordinator opportunity please send a CV with a covering letter outlining relevant experience and what you can offer Next Move to:
Beatrice Mayfield
Maker Development Manager
Maker Development Team
Crafts Council
44a Pentonville Road
N1 4BY

Further information on Next Move can be found on
Or for an informal conversation please contact:
Beatrice Mayfield, Maker Development Manager on 020 7806 2529

Deadline for applications:
Friday 25 January 2008
Interviews will take place in mid February at the Crafts Council.

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