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Artist in Residence Programme - Call for Artist

New Lodge Arts is seeking to employ an Artist in Residence for a one year placement starting in April 2017. 

The deadline for applications is 12noon on Friday 24th March 2017

Under no circumstances will late proposals be considered.

All questions and completed CV’s should to be sent to: anne.delaney@ashtoncentre.com or by post to:  

Anne Delaney

Arts Programme and Operations Manager

New Lodge Arts

Ashton Centre

5 Churchill Street


BT15 2BP

This project is funded by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

New Lodge Arts

New Lodge Arts provide innovative, fun and educational activities that stretch right across the community and political divide in north Belfast delivering over 800 workshops per year. Working with approximately 3,000 children, young people, and their families from across Greater New Lodge and North Belfast, New Lodge Arts has embedded itself at the heart of North Belfast. With a strong community focus and a passion for supporting the needs of young people within the area, New Lodge Arts continue to strengthen and develop their annual arts programme in order to tackle the real issues that affect young people in north Belfast.

Purpose of the Artist in Residence Programme

New Lodge Arts is interested in exploring, through this residency, the relationship between artist, community and place, where the meaning of the work is implicit; obvious rather than hidden.  The residency will creatively investigate approaches to working effectively within a community context to platform the views and concerns of local people, so that through this process they have might an impact on their environment.  The residency will be collaboration between artist and community rather than artist delivering to the community.

The Artist in Residence will work in a community context.  S/he will understand the community, or the context of place, and through collaboration, negotiation, discussion and forming relationships with the community, will articulate ‘a sense of place’.  They will take on the role of facilitator, collaborator and participant with a weekly presence of at least eight hours per week in the community.  The artist will bring their skills and ability to communicate while the community will bring their knowledge, ideas, aspirations and dynamic.  The work created will have a connection with the context whether people or place. 

The artist will connect to nearby community facilities (e.g. The FabLab) and contribute their skills and expertise to the New Lodge Arts programme. 


The scheme will run from April 2017 – March 2018

The Artist in Residence will be expected to spend at least 8 hours per week within the Culture Shop or delivering programmes locally.  This will be agreed with the Arts Programme and Operations Manager.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Culture Shop Artist in Residence will:

•             Design and facilitate publicly accessible arts based initiatives within the local area

•             Expand and develop both their own and the public's artistic knowledge and practice

•             Work closely with New Lodge Arts’ staff to explore ideas for future programming

•             Develop work and creatively explore new ideas in collaboration with the public.

•             Create and assist in the presentation of the public’s artwork.

•             Co-ordinate work with other Culture Shop artists and artist teams.

•             Attract new audiences, artists, the public and partners.

•             Research new methods of art teaching and outreach (e.g. Room 13 in Bristol) for possible application in the Culture Shop.

•             Raise awareness of the Culture Shop with sectoral and funding bodies.

•             Document recording their journey during the programme and product (e.g. book/photo exhibition/film)

•             Produce an end report of their assessment of the residency and possible areas for programme development

Competencies required by artist in residence are:

•             Empathy/listening skills

•             Coordination – time management, etc.

•             Artistic flair

•             Good understanding of community

•             Sound understanding of community arts

•             Sound understanding of contemporary arts world

•             Creative facilitation

•             Editing skills, i.e. how people pull things together.

•             Presentation of creative outcomes

•             Ability to provide creative solutions, different outcomes and options. 

•             The ability to think beyond the project.

•             Ability to question the process and provide fit for purpose creative alternatives.

•             Have ability to conduct option appraisals to look at alternatives

•             Be experimental.

•             Be maverick – allow a project to lead them rather than predetermining the outcomes.  They should have the ability to push the boundary of what they can do.

•             Ability to enable people to move beyond what is possible.

Applicant must meet the following requirements

•             Educated to degree level or equivalent relevant educational qualification.

•                    2 years recent experience of working in a community arts setting.

•             Experience of developing creative work towards a final public exhibition of creative work.

Fee        £6, 000 (inclusive of VAT and all expenses) paid at monthly intervals.

Submission Details

All prospective candidates are asked to submit their CV (no longer than 3 pages), some examples of your work and a letter that demonstrates your competency to the following areas;

1.            Arts Experience – professional (300 words)

2.            Community Arts experience (300 words)

3.            Working on own initiative to deliver project goals (100 words)

4.            Leading project work – liaising with project team (100 words)

Please respond to Anne Delaney, Arts Programme & Operations Manager



Submissions to be received by Friday 24th March 2017 @ 12noon 

News Date: 
Monday, March 13, 2017 - 12:45pm

Contact Details

New Lodge Arts Ashton Centre 5 Churchill Street Belfast, BT15 2BP 028 9074 2255 anne.delaney@ashtoncentre.com 

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