Worcestershire Arts Partnership Blog

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Exhibition and Publicity Coordinator Position Available


Job title
Support Artist (Self-Employed) - Part time £15 p/h, 12 hours per week
Reports to
Claire Hilton – Project Manager

Our Organisation

Art in Minds Foundation is a charity working with adults who have ongoing or past experience of mental ill-health within Worcestershire. We support our members' creative and artistic progression by facilitating a weekly art space and volunteer supervised art group as well as sending out newsletters, training volunteers and exhibiting our members' work. We also run support days running up to exhibition time as well as arts workshops in varied media. We originated as part of Shrub Hill Workshop vocational NHS service, from an initiative encouraging exhibitions of clients' work to promote a positive understanding of mental illness whilst increasing confidence and creative skill within individual’s artistic practice. 


Job purpose

Alongside our project manager the Support Artist will be based in our city centre office at the Bradbury Centre and play a pivotal role in planning and coordinating the exhibitions and other related activities. This post is funded until December 2015

Each year we run an exhibition in Worcester City Centre to promote World Mental Health Day. This usually runs simultaneously in more than one venue and has many events/opportunities for our members running alongside it. The title for this year’s exhibition is ‘Beneath the Surface’. This post and project has been made possible by grants from Arts Council England as well as Foyle Foundation and Allen Lane Trust.



Essential requirements


·         Good communication skills

·         An empathetic approach to people with mental health issues

·         An ability to manage the physical demands of transporting exhibits and setting up /

taking down exhibitions

·         Current experience of working in an artistic field

·         An ability to work in a professional manner with outside agencies in setting up



Desirable requirements


·         Previous experience of curating art exhibitions

·         An understanding of mental health issues and services

·         Be able to attend the monthly members meeting (held the last Friday of each month

·         commencing at 1330 hrs)

·         Previous experience of working or volunteering within charitable or community organisations


The successful applicant will be required to be self-employed and will therefore be responsible to pay for their own DBS check (if they do not already hold one less than 6 months old), insurance, National Insurance and Tax.




Duties and responsibilities

To work alongside our Project Manager to:

  • Liaise with other community, voluntary and commercial organisations to arrange events and services as and when required (e.g suitable exhibition space)
  • Complete applications for use of spaces as and when required
  • Prepare promotional material for the exhibition such as posters and invitations and use the guest database to contact all interested parties as well as communicating with printers and outside agencies to ensure completion by specific deadlines
  • Communicate with members and guests accordingly to obtain work to exhibit
  • Create and fill volunteer posts for members and interested parties to participate in roles such as – Catalogue Design
  • Curate the exhibition space by planning as work is submitted and being able to hang the work in a professional and organized manner with minimum disruption to public areas
  • To adhere to all confidentiality, data protection and safeguarding protocols at all times as outlined by Art in Minds Foundation
  • Work alongside our members and volunteers in a non-judgmental and inclusive way to encourage participation and reduce discrimination
  • Catalogue work accurately and store safely for transportation to and from venues
  • To ensure that paperwork and submission forms are designed effectively and completed by all participants prior to the exhibition being put up
  • Attending meetings with outside organisations about specific events and topics as well as networking opportunities on behalf of our members and our organization
  • Collate Mental Health information leaflets by contacting other supportive organisations to signpost the viewing public at the exhibitions
  • Liaise with the local press, organising press releases and articles publicising our events and exhibitions
  • To attend managerial supervision on a regular basis
  • and any other duties as required to support the project manager within this role.


Working conditions


The role requires flexible working hours at times (especially during the exhibition) and will be working in a variety of locations such as:

  • City Centre Office
  • Exhibition Location – Curating and Maintaining Displays
  • Hired locations such as Art Rooms and other Community locations


Please feel free to pass this information on to anybody you feel may be interested or suitable. To apply please send your CV and a covering letter stating why you would like to be involved in this project to our address below or via email.

Closing date for applications: April 30th

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