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Tender - Artist - Stepping Stones Programme

New Lodge Arts are inviting tender applications for a competent, experienced and appropriately qualified Artist to deliver the Stepping Stones programme. 

 Please email anne.delaney@ashtoncentre.com for Word Version of the Tender.

Tender Specification


Role:                                                     Artist – Stepping Stones Programme


Hours:                                                  (10 hours per week minimum – October 2019-July 2020)


Fee:                                                       £8500


Responsible to:                                Arts Programme and Operations Manager, New Lodge Arts


Location:                                             New Lodge Arts, Ashton Centre



Role description


The Artist will coordinate and deliver the Stepping Stones, a brand new visual arts-based programme for children and young people with Emotional, Social and Behavioural difficulties.  The programme aim is to develop personal and social skills, confidence and self-esteem development.


The role will require a highly experienced, committed and creative person who brings innovation, energy and strong youth engagement skills to supporting young people’s development. The role requires considerable experience in working with young people with Emotional, Social and Behavioural difficulties.



1.       To co-ordinate and deliver the Stepping Stones programme engaging with young people (aged 5-11yrs) with Emotional, Social and Behavioural difficulties.  To include attendance at 3 weekly after schools classes:

-          Group 1 – Tuesday’s after schools

-          Group 2 – Wednesdays after schools

-          Group 3 – Thursdays after schools

Sessions will be 1.5 hours.

2.       To encourage a fun, positive, participative, youth-centred atmosphere at weekly classes ensuring that young people play an active role in the development of activities

3.       To positively challenge oppressive behaviour in young people.

4.       Support young people in evaluating activities and the impact of the programme on their development.

5.       Support young people in their understanding of risk and challenge and in taking action to address key issues in their lives.

6.       To engage with a range of agencies including the local Family Support Hubs to identify and recruit young people to the programme.

7.       To support participants’ progression on to the more consistent Arts Academy Programme and other initiatives.

8.       To monitor and record participant’s interests and engagement throughout the duration of the programmes

9.       To work closely with Project Worker, youth workers, arts organisations and youth and community groups to maximise the creative outcomes from programmed activities.



The tender format is as follows:


a)      Applicants must demonstrate and provide evidence where appropriate how they meet all elements of the essential criteria.  Please note it is important to address each criteria listed above in your application.  Failure to do so will result in your tender application being deemed ineligible. 

b)      Applicants must include a full and up to date CV with their application and two referees.

c)       Applicants must include a copy of all relevant certificates.





Invitation to Tender issued 

Tuesday 3rd September 2019

Closing date

Tuesday 17th September 2019  


Tuesday 17th September 2019  


Thursday 19th September 2019

Appointment of Contract

Friday 20th September 2019 


Monday 30th September 2019


31st July 2020





Copies of tender proposals should be forwarded in a plain envelope clearly marked “Tender for Stepping Stones Artist” to:


Anne Delaney

New Lodge Arts

Ashton Centre,

5 Churchill Street,


BT15 2BP


Any tender applications not including all information above will be discounted as incomplete and will not move to scoring.  All tenders must be received no later than 12.00 pm on Tuesday 17th September 2019.  No late tenders, faxed tenders or e-mails will be accepted.


New Lodge Arts will use the information supplied to score all tender applications.  Please take note of weighting criteria as this will be used to total scores. 



Submissions must provide:


·         Vision for the development and delivery of the Stepping Stones Programme.


·         A detailed account of how the requirements of this contract will be delivered, supplying detail on approach, methodology and management of project. Please provide comprehensive details on how you would propose to approach this project.  Submissions are required to propose a methodology which they consider is the most efficient and cost-effective approach to achieve the objectives of this project.




Resource Expertise and Skillset Applied

This should include details of skills gained during similar projects and how these can be applied to this project. Examples of previous work completed by each resource are required.

Tenderers must include experience of designing and delivering creative arts based programmes with children and young people.

Tenderers must include experience of working with children and young people with Emotional, Social or Behavioural difficulties.











Invitation to Tender for Stepping Stones Artist


Tender Application


Personal Details:


Telephone Number (Home):




Telephone Number (Mobile):




Email Address:






NI Number:







1.              Response to the Tender.  Please present ideas you have for running the Stepping Stones programme





























2. Please demonstrate to the panel that you have at least 2-years’ experience of designing and delivering creative arts based programmes with children and young people

























3. Please demonstrate that you have at experience of working with children and young people with Emotional, Social or Behavioural difficulties

























4. Please demonstrate that you have an understanding and knowledge of issues affecting young people within communities

















I confirm that the information I have given is accurate and complete, as misleading or false statements will result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment, or if employed dismissal.








Please give full details of two people (not relatives) that we can approach for references, one of which must be your current or most recent employer, if you have never been employed before please list details of someone who would know you in a voluntary or academic capacity.  Please ensure that your referees are aware of this application, and, also, if you are providing us with their email address, that you obtain your referee’s permission to do so.  References must be satisfactory to Ashton Community Trust







Full Address:


Telephone Number:










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Prior to award of Tender, the following will be required:


             Proof of eligibility to work in the UK


             ACCESS NI check will be conducted if successful.


New Lodge Arts complies with Access NI Code of Practice, which can be downloaded from https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/sites/default/files/publications/accessni-code-of-practice.pdf


News Date: 
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 4:30pm

Contact Details

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

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