Worcestershire Arts Partnership Blog

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Sessional Artist Role - Art in Minds

Freelance Position Available

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

To support and assist our Project Manager in the day to day running’s of the organization when

required (full training provided).

To aid the sustainability and progression of the organisation and enable more consistent delivery

and public awareness.

Assist in exhibition organization and curation - 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.

Alongside our project manager the Support Artist will be based in our city center office at the

Bradbury Centre and play a pivotal role in planning and coordinating the exhibitions and other

related activities. This post funding dependent.

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)

Assist with completing applications when required - for use of space, grants, low level

community fundraising and project applications

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

Assist with social media and online presence of the organisation

Communicate with members and guests accordingly to obtain work to exhibit and liaise

regarding private view

Job title

Support Artist (Self-Employed) Sessional (Approximately 6 hours per

week) 15 p/h

Reports to Claire Hilton Project Manager

Work alongside volunteers to 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

Attending meetings with outside organisations about specific events and topics as well as

networking opportunities on behalf of our members and our organization

To attend managerial supervision on a regular basis

and any other duties as required to support the project manager within this role.


There is no minimum qualification necessary for this post although any previous art experience

would be relevant. Good communication skills are essential and previous experience of curating

and exhibiting artwork is preferred. It would be ideal if the individual had an understanding of

mental health services or mental health issues although this is not compulsory.

Physically hanging the exhibition and transporting work can be quite a physical task so please

bear this in mind before applying. This post would be most suited to somebody who has a creative

history and has or is currently making artwork themselves as this would help towards working

with others' artwork. The applicant should be hard working, open-minded, enthusiastic and able

to present themselves in a professional manner whilst being approachable to our members. It

would be preferable if you were able to attend our open members meetings on the 4th Friday of

every month, to provide a ‘friendly face’ to our members whom you will be working alongside.

Previous experience of working or volunteering within charitable or community organisations

would also be desirable as would experience of working within teams.

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.

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: 20th July 2016

Art in Minds Foundation
The Bradbury Centre
Sansome Walk, Worcester, WR1 1LH, tel 07442496046 or contact@artinminds.org.uk

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