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Friday, 6 September 2013

Visual Artist wanted for ARTIST ROOMS: Joseph Beuys Exhibition

Visual Artist wanted for ARTIST ROOMS: Joseph Beuys Exhibition

Heritage, Art and Learning Project


Worcester City Art Gallery

26 October 2013 to 1 February 2014


Background to the project and Artist Rooms


Beuys is often talked about as the most influential artist of the late 20th century. He was German, but famous internationally, particularly for his work connected to a group called Fluxus which included Yoko Ono. Many of today's conceptual artists like Damian Hirst owe a great deal to Beuys and his ideas.


Art Collector Anthony d'Offay recalls many inspirational visits to Leicester City Art Gallery in his youth. When he retired, he decided to work with the Tate Gallery and the National Museums of Scotland to tour the artworks from his huge collection across the UK. Worcester City Art Gallery has been chosen as one of the galleries to host an ARTIST ROOMS exhibition in 2013. Worcester has a particularly fine art collection of its own, particularly strong in landscapes both traditional and contemporary. We are excited to be able to bring new insights into artist investigations of the natural world with this exhibition curated from the ARTIST ROOMS collection.


The aims of this heritage, art and learning project is to bring together a group of young people from different backgrounds (high school and local youth dance group) to work with an artist in creating their individual and collaborative responses to the exhibition and in developing key themes found in Beuys work. Outputs are to include a series of public "happenings", dance events, a student exhibition and a series of family and adult workshops linked to the project. Events are intended to raise the profile of the exhibition within the City with our target groups.


We are also embedding a Young Curators scheme into this project which will provide our chosen young people with the opportunity to find out more about the work of museums and artists, job roles and responsibilities and to visit other similar sites within our region. The appointed artist would be required to oversee these visits. We would also wish to explore the possibility of creating a Youth Forum for The Art Gallery and Museum as one of the legacies of this project.


What we require:


The artist must have project management experience as they will be expected to design the programme of activities in consultation with museum staff, organise meeting dates, workshops and all agreed deliverables throughout the project.


The artist must have significant experience in working with staff and children at primary, middle and high school level. Groups will incorporate mixed ability levels.


The artist will be accustomed to facilitating the creation of 3D installations at varying scales, some of which could involve film. This project is likely to include small to mid-scale work.


The artist will be expected to conduct his/her own preliminary research regarding Joseph Beuys and devise a programme for making this work accessible to groups.


The artist will be fully versant in producing and adhering to creative schedules. The group will work to their plan, developing ideas at each session through to completion of their installations. However, we wish the artist to facilitate student work rather than being to prescriptive of the outcome.


All planning and preparation will be completed in advance and punctuality and good communication with museum staff and participants is expected throughout the project.


The artist will have a resources budget and is expected to be creative with his/her sourcing of appropriate materials for the project. This includes maintaining a low carbon footprint wherever possible including the use of Worcestershire Resource Exchange or similar.


The artist will provide own transport which is included in the fee.   


Knowledge of Worcester and Worcestershire may be beneficial.




The artist needs to be available for a total of 22 days (or equivalent hours) between October 2013 and February 2014 to carry out the work. Dates to be confirmed following appointment.


Attendance at meetings will also be required.


Fee: £4,000.00 (including personal travel) @ £180 per day (or equivalent hours).


Materials budget: In addition to the artist’s fee, there will be a separate resources and group travel budget to cover trips to other relevant venues. This will be managed by Museums Worcestershire.


How to apply:


Please send a covering letter with an initial response as to how you approach this project with CV to: spope@worcestershire.gov.uk


Alternatively you can send your application to:

Sue Pope

Learning & Outreach Manager

The Commandery


Worcestershire County Council



Deadline date for applications: Monday 23rd September 4.00pm

Interviews: Wednesday 2nd October

Appointment to commence: Monday 7th October



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