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Producer (Leicester)

July 17th, 2019|Comments Off on Producer (Leicester)

Salary £25,000 – Permanent, Full time

ArtReach (www.artreach.biz) is a dynamic cultural development charity that helps support and drive high quality arts and heritage initiatives. 

ArtReach is at an exciting point of its development, in its second year as a Band 2 Arts Council England NPO, developing new projects locally and nationally, and providing strategic consultancy support to a variety of important cultural organisations.  ArtReach has also recently been successful in securing funding for a large-scale Creative Europe project, LIBERTY, this is a major 3-year project with 12 partners across 10 European countries.  

We are looking for a full-time producer to join our team. The role will focus on the delivery of ArtReach’s Night of Festivals (www.nightoffestivals.com) with additional responsibilities across a range of other ArtReach and client projects. 

The role includes fundraising and strategic planning in relation to Night of Festivals, developing artistic ideas and initiatives, delivery and management of outdoor festivals and events, project management, working with partners and funders.

The new Producer will work with the wider team, contributing to the development and delivery of other ArtReach creative projects.  We are looking for a highly motivated and ambitious individual, with proven skills and commitment, attention to detail.

Closing date is 5pm on Tuesday 13th August 2019 and interviews will be held in Leicester on Wednesday 21st August. The full application pack is available from admin@artreach.biz  

If you have any queries once you’ve read the application pack please e-mail admin@artreach.biz. Phone calls only if essential please.

ArtReach awarded €1.3 million and appointed Lead Agency for major Europe-wide arts project

July 16th, 2019|Comments Off on ArtReach awarded €1.3 million and appointed Lead Agency for major Europe-wide arts project

ArtReach has been awarded €1.3 million by Creative Europe to deliver a €2.6 million Europe-wide arts project LIBERTY. 

ArtReach, the Lead Partner for the project, is the only UK organisation in this year’s results to receive funding on this scale to lead a large Cooperation Project. They will be teaming up with eleven other arts organisations representing ten European countries, including the Altonale GmbH in Hamburg and the Museo dei Bambini in Rome.

LIBERTY aims to raise issues and provoke discussion around issues of community cohesion, migration, local identity and European cultural identity. 

The focus for LIBERTY will be on young artists and young people’s perceptions of the future of Europe. Young people will be involved at all levels of the project, from creative development to delivery to artist development and audience engagement, and the project will enable young artists, curators and audiences from different countries to meet, collaborate and share inspiration. 

Each programme of work will bring together a range of artists drawn from the European wide Portfolio, across theatre, music, visual arts and spoken word. Performance will take place both in site-specific street locations and inside cultural or non-traditional spaces.

LIBERTY will be an exploration, through art, of the future for European collaboration and joined-up working, and of the meaning of democracy and freedom in the 21st century. There is a particular focus on the views and ideas of young artists and young audiences with 750 young artists targeted as commissioning beneficiaries.

In the UK, additional work will be commissioned to become new ingredients in ArtReach’s Journeys Festival International and Night of Festivals events, with many international artists from each of the partner countries participating in the UK. ArtReach’s own commissioning will result in UK work going to each of the 9 other partner countries. 

LIBERTY will run from September 2019 until December 2022 across ten European countries, culminating in a major pan-European LIBERTY festival running from May to October 2022. The LIBERTY festival will feature a focussed programme of events in Leicester with all 12 partners delivering programming, much of which will be streamed and digitally shared.

David Hill, Founding Director and Chairman of ArtReach said: “The team at ArtReach is delighted that our successful track record of artistic leadership in European collaboration will be enhanced with this major award. It is brilliant for the work in our base city, Leicester, supported by Leicester City Council, but also for development of our Journeys Festival International events in Manchester and Portsmouth. However, this exciting news is dependent on there NOT being a No-Deal BREXIT. In that event our carefully laid plans and substantial preparation for LIBERTY, as Lead Partner, not to mention our partners’ work, would be wasted as our contract with Creative Europe would cease. So, please UK Govt DO NOT dally with a No-Deal BREXIT!!”

Christoph Jankowski, Head of Culture of Creative Europe Desk UK – England and Culture Advisor, UK said:  “We are delighted that UK agency ArtReach were again selected to lead a Europe-wide Cooperation Project, continuing their exceptional work to forge creative engagement across European communities. As lead partner on LIBERTY, ArtReach are set to engage young artists on the development and creation of pioneering works that explore European cultural identity, enhancing cross-border relations at a pivotal time.

The UK remains one of the most partnered countries in the programme and the fact that there was no downturn in UK involvement despite Brexit uncertainties shows the desirability to UK organization lead and partner in European collaborative projects, and shows the impacts of Creative Europe as a strong multilateral programme delivering on way more than just funding.”

Peter Knott, Area Director at Arts Council England, said: “Congratulations to ArtReach as they embark on this Europe-wide project. Investing in opportunities for young people is a key part of what the Arts Council does to nurture the next generation of creative talent, and LIBERTY is a really exciting project, giving hundreds of young people and emerging artists a voice and the chance to create work and forge partnerships on a truly international scale.”

Constantin CHIRIAC, General Manager – Teatrul National “Radu Stanca” Sibiu, President – Sibiu International Theater Festival said: “On behalf of the Teatrul National “Radu Stanca” Sibiu and the Sibiu International Theatre Festival, I would like to express our joy for the collaboration in a new European project, along with our friends in Great Britain. Such collaborations show that the demarches of the European artists and cultural leaders exceed the capacity of the politicians to find solutions for the current issues of the European countries.  LIBERTY is a project about local and European cultural identity, about dialogue and about the possibility of showing the miracle and the beauty to all European and non-European citizens, without any discrimination. Moreover, LIBERTY aims to integrate the countries from the Western Balkans, giving them the possibility to cooperate with Great Britain – cradle of culture and civilization – which currently faces the great challenge called Brexit. We, the artists, are glad to bring, in our communities, the wonder of our art, our work and our vision, that lead to new dialogue possibilities among those who create beauty and those who enjoy beauty.  Congratulations to the ArtReach team that submitted this project, and we wholeheartedly hope that this new step would generate many beneficial meetings between the artists and the audience. “

Gyuri Szabo, Managing Director, TrafÓ, House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest said: “This important collaboration, led by ArtReach, helps to articulate and strengthen individual human responses to these challenges.”

Patrizia Tomasich, President of Explora, said: “We are really looking forward to beginning what will be our third project with ArtReach. After covering important topics including refugee integration, freedom and democracy, we are now going to extend our work to include children, schools, families and the whole community – the importance and meaning of “LIBERTY” is a fundamental right not only for today but also for the future of Europe. As a children’s museum, we strongly believe in the importance of “liberty” as a fundamental human value, which needs to be re-affirmed at European level. Art and culture can do a lot in launching a positive message, challenging the whole society and mixing visual with contemporary digital elements.”

LIBERTY is the fourth and largest ArtReach project to be funded by Creative Europe, an EU funding programme designed to support Europe’s cultural and creative sectors. 

Previous projects have included Journeys (2016/17), a multi-art form programme celebrating and showcasing the talents of refugee and asylum seeker artists and VOICES (2018). Both works explored issues such as the nature and meaning of freedom and independence in 21st century Europe, the integration of refugees and migrants and identity and sense of place in an era of mass movement of people.

The full list of partners involved in LIBERTY are:  ArtReach (UK), Altonale GmbH (Germany), Museo dei Bambini (Italy), CESIE (Italy), Teatrul National Radu Stanca Sibiu (Romania), Aalborg Karneval (Denmark), CENTAR ZA PROMOCIJU ZDAVNH STILOVA ZIVOTA UDRUZENE (Center E8, for promoting lifestyles) (Serbia), CNC Danse (Nathalie Cornille Company) (France), Pioinirski dom – Center za kulturo mladiih (Slovenia), Den Selvejende Institution Swinging Europe (Denmark), Trafo House of Contemporary Arts (Hungary), European Educational Exchanges – Youth for Understanding (Belgium).

Night of Festivals Hounslow 2019 celebrates Wellbeing and Heritage in the Heart of Hounslow.

July 16th, 2019|Comments Off on Night of Festivals Hounslow 2019 celebrates Wellbeing and Heritage in the Heart of Hounslow.

Night of Festivals Hounslow brought a riot of colour and carnival to the community of Hounslow for yet another year. In its fifth edition, the weekend of 15 and 16 June saw Bell Square and High Street come alive with live music, art installations and more.

A sunny Saturday was kicked off on the live music stage by DJ Wondergupta. She spun tracks from all around the globe accompanied by the day’s host, Nick from Two Voices Radio.

The talented DJ, VJ, music festival curator and musician set a great tone for the day as families started to drift away from the busy high street and instead joined artist Rebecca Harvey-Hobbs in artistic activities such as contributing their anxieties to her ‘Worry Leaves’.

While all the painting and colouring got a tad messy, meditative duo Mythm brought mellow vibes for attendees to then visit the mindfulness pods in a relaxed state.

For those who remained, they received a master education in the tabla by maestro Gurdain Rayatt – unsurprising considering some of his distinguished teachers including the late Pandit Shankar Ghosh.

Rounding off a fabulous day of music was the BBC Music Introducing artist Amrit Kaur Lohia. The Sarangi player and vocalist demonstrated her talents both in Punjabi and English, prefacing each song with a fascinating explanation of its origins or meaning.

As the evening drew closer, the attendees reluctantly left – only stopping to add their contribution to the Hounslow Heritage tree, which by now had an attractive array of labels to gently twirl in the breeze.

The second day of Night of Festivals Hounslow was no less jam-packed. While Mandinga Arts had popped up in between the musical and creative activities, the Sunday crowds continue to snap photos with them and admire the colourful carnival costumes.

King Brasstards looked dapper in white and red as they led the carnival down the high street to Bell Square. When Mandinga Arts had finished their explosive routine around the heritage tree, observers would find a moment of peace in the zen garden or shared their thoughts on heritage with ArtReach’s National Heritage Lottery Fund stand.

Still, it was most heartening to see young and old come together in the Tamil Foundation’s performances. Their performance in the nearby shopping centre, The Treaty Centre, featured only the younger dancers. Whereas on Bell Square, the mature ladies of their community, who had been learning dance for their health and wellbeing, showcased their skills.

Interspersed with the explosive beat of Asian British Music’s dhol players, the weekend came to a satisfying end. It was hard to say goodbye to the community of Hounslow and a weekend of wellbeing that balanced both moments to socialise and chat before then relaxing and taking the chance to reflect.

Overall Night of Festivals Hounslow continued to celebrate heritage in Hounslow as it again saw a colourful weekend of carnival, music and arts, all with an important focus on wellbeing. To see more images from Night of Festivals Hounslow 2019 follow this link: NoFHounslow Gallery

General Manager (Leicester)

July 12th, 2019|Comments Off on General Manager (Leicester)

Salary £30,000-£40,000 – Permanent, Full time

ArtReach is a dynamic cultural development charity that helps support and drive high quality arts and heritage initiatives. The ArtReach mission is to “make great art possible and accessible, connecting art with grassroots and diverse communities to forge creative engagement”.

ArtReach is at an exciting point of its development, in its second year as a Band 2 Arts Council England NPO, developing new projects locally and nationally, and providing strategic consultancy support to a variety of important cultural organisations.  ArtReach has also recently been successful in securing funding for a large-scale Creative Europe project, LIBERTY, this is a major 3 year project with 12 partners across 10 European countries.  To help us moving forward we are seeking an outstanding individual to join our team, on a permanent, full time basis as General Manager.

The role, based in our main office in Leicester, will provide administrative and financial management support for the organisation, with a particular focus on the Creative Europe LIBERTY project.  The role also includes – the management and delivery coordination of all company policies, systems and procedures; data collation and collection leading to funding partner reporting; archive and inventory management; board liaison, minutes and acting as Company Secretary; and maintaining an effective and efficient ArtReach office base (including IT and communications systems).  There will also be a requirement to support ArtReach project delivery, including coordination of the use of a heritage building in Leicester as an arts space. This post requires an experienced arts professional with significant relevant experience who is passionate about supporting and enabling high quality cultural activity, and who is dedicated to supporting ArtReach’s ambitious future plans.  

We are looking for a highly motivated and ambitious individual, with proven skills and commitment, attention to detail and willingness to travel (including international travel) is essential for this role. 

Closing date is 5pm on Monday 12th August 2019 and interviews will be held in Leicester on Tuesday 20th August. The full application pack is available from admin@artreach.biz

If you have any queries once you’ve read the application pack please e-mail admin@artreach.biz. Phone calls (Leicester number) only if essential please.

Between Concept and Delivery

June 18th, 2019|Comments Off on Between Concept and Delivery

As someone who has worked in many a dead-end job – from being mistreated as a waiter, to working in a pickle factory and even 2 months unpaid work at a supermarket chain and ultimately always been made to feel like a number or a robot, never really feeling valued – working for an Arts Council England National Portfolio Company like ArtReach has been a refreshing experience, to say the least.


What has it been like working at ArtReach?


The staff here are all passionate about what they are doing. With many different projects going on at any given time, there’s always a varied number of tasks to be worked on… And yet the atmosphere is always relaxed and laid back whilst still maintaining a professional attitude. These are things that we may often be led to believe aren’t a possible combination in a workplace.


Above all, I appreciate that whilst working at ArtReach, staff are encouraged to work on projects that they enjoy and these tasks and projects always contain a level of creative freedom that is free-flowing and natural in progression. In my brief time here and even though my placement here may be temporary, I feel valued.


Being what has become an essential bridge between staff and the young residents at The Y Leicester, this has made taking a lead in discussions between the two groups of people participating in the project, a fun, open and engaging experience.


In a recent session, we talked about how participants in the project could engage the audience on the weekend of the exhibition in ways that could be immersive. We played around with sounds, looking at things like the Tibetan singing bowl, which easily impressed and a traditional rainmaker, which bought some nostalgia as the last time I’d seen one was when I was in primary school, some 20 years ago. We even explored what may be a good idea to leave a lasting impact on visitors such as “Gratitude Stones” and paper flowers that could prompt people to become more present and think about what a safe space is to them, long after they’ve left the exhibition. There were plenty of ideas thrown around that could potentially take the project to a whole new level, no matter how simple or subtle they may seem.


With each week, the more I get involved in creative projects like this one, the more my involvement seems to be becoming more and more integral in engaging residents with the project. Due to my key role in Bring The Paint being audience engagement, I have now been asked to lead on the next Y Heritage trip and show the younger residents where the many new street art installations are around Leicester City Centre. I must say that I am proud to be a part of Leicester’s unique and growing creative hub and to have the opportunity to share our legacy with people of all ages and backgrounds.


Working on The Sanctuaries Project has been a winding journey so far and just like in life, plans change.

Whilst the project is coming together day by day, week by week, the final product appears to be taking shape and a clearer vision of what things may look like is on the horizon…but of course, there is always room for things to go in a different direction.


From where the artistic safe space installations are placed in the All Saints Church, to the inclusion of sounds and smells to add to the level of immersion, things are changing and taking different shapes all the while.


What is interesting to me after looking at what different people’s ideas of a ‘safe space’ are, is how completely contrasting and different they can be. For example, my safe space is a place that I’ve only ever been to once many years ago. It is a beach overlooked by man-made caves from 220 BC, in Crete, Greece. A lovely place called Matala.


It’s a small beach with decking running right down the centre towards the waterfront that almost feels like the rocky land around it is holding or hugging you with arm-like formations wrapped around you. It’s almost as if you’re being embraced by the earth itself. The sun is setting and the sky is painted with dark and pale blue, mixed with the warmth of the red, orange and yellow light emanating from the sun as it sets. The calm tide sways in and out against the pearly sand and the whole world falls away from you.


This is where my mind naturally took me when I was asked to go to my safe space or happy place. I’ve only ever been there once but to some, a safe space is a physical somewhere that they’ve been to or go to many times and that’s what makes it safe to them. Some people would only ever want to be alone in their safe space. Once, I even found myself letting someone into my safe space. I think there’s much to be said metaphorically about how a safe space represents and reflects ourselves. I encourage you to think about what a safe space is to you and why you think that may be. How does it reflect who you are?


Think about this question further at the ‘Sanctuaries: Looking for Safe Spaces’ event on Friday 21 June and Saturday 22 June, 12 to 7pm at All Saints Church, Leicester. Find out more here.


Stepping into Sanctuary

June 12th, 2019|Comments Off on Stepping into Sanctuary

As a resident of The Y Leicester, unable to work, I decided to get involved with The Y Heritage Project. Through this, I chose to do a work placement with ArtReach and work on something called The Sanctuaries Project. Being a young person who also lives at the Y and is making progress, I am seen by younger residents as a kind of role model and so I became the ideal person to get other young people at The Y involved and engaged in the project.


As a way of doing this, I was given the task of putting together a trip to London for the young people that involved immersive experiences. I decided to look for places to visit that would be accessible to a wide audience and would give people something to relate to the Sanctuaries project.


It was important to me that the experience would inspire the younger residents to think more about what kind of environments make them feel like they’re safe and have freedom.


The first place we visited was a place in Hackney called OtherWorld. It involved being inside of an enclosed pod with a virtual reality headset and people are then transported to a Virtual Hub called OtherWorld where participants can move around and speak to each other via headphones. You moved controllers in your hands in a walking motion and you would move in the virtual space around you.


Whilst adventuring in the OtherWorld, you could feel the heat of a burning fire as you moved closer to it and the wind on your face as you slipped down a slope. An arctic area with penguins left you feeling icy and cold. If you were a rebel, you’d pick a penguin up and throw it at your mate.


When the young people left the OtherWorld, the change in mood was plain to see. They’d left with a sense of freedom to move around and felt safe in the space together, even if in reality, they were isolated in a pod.


Next, we went to the Barbican museum to visit the ‘A.I: More Than Human’ exhibit where there was an art installation that involved moving images and Chinese symbols projected onto all four walls in a room and when someone’s shadow touched a symbol it would respond and change and move.


An A.I. (Artifical Intelligence) exhibit may seem at first glance like a very vague relation to The Sanctuaries Project but really A.I is all about exploring your place in the world, extending the mind and liberation, not to mention privacy and freedom.


When we think about safe spaces and what a space is to you, whether it is a real physical space or an imagined or visualised space in the mind, these are places that make us feel a sense of liberty and it usually relates to how we see ourselves and how we’d like to see the people and the world around us.


We often go to these safe spaces because of a feeling of fear of what we can’t control in our environment.


How do we relate to each other and how do we perceive ourselves? These questions are often reflected in what we would call a safe space.


Ultimately, I hope that by exploring these ideas, we can become more open to thinking about safe spaces and what we might call Sanctuary. What is a sanctuary to you?


Think about this question further at the ‘Sanctuaries: Looking for Safe Spaces’ event on Friday 21 June and Saturday 22 June, 12 to 7pm at All Saints Church, Leicester. Find out more here.