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Assistant Producer (Portsmouth)

March 11th, 2019|Comments Off on Assistant Producer (Portsmouth)

Salary £20,000 Pro Rata – Part Time Fixed Term (2.5 days per week May – November 2019)

ArtReach is a dynamic cultural development agency that helps support and drive high-quality arts and heritage initiatives.

ArtReach delivers four key strands of work:

  1. Festival and event creation, programming, production and delivery (see www.nightoffestivals.com and www.journeysfestival.com)
  2. Public art commissioning and project management
  3. Strategic development (including visioning, business planning, fundraising and board development)
  4. Capital cultural project development and delivery (encompassing feasibility studies, development activity and project management)

We are seeking an Assistant Producer to join our team, on a fixed term, part-time basis (2.5 days per week), to support the Producer in the delivery of Journeys Festival International in Portsmouth.

Journeys Festival International Portsmouth will take place from 18th – 27th October 2019.

Closing date is 12pm on Wednesday 27 March 2019 and interviews will be held in Portsmouth on Thursday 4 April 2019. 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.

The Job Description, Person Specification, and Application Form are available upon request from admin@artreach.biz . Please submit a single page cover letter indicating why you’d like to work with ArtReach, along with a completed application form and Equal Opportunities Form to admin@artreach.biz.

You may also attach a curriculum vitae to support your application if you wish, however all applicants must complete the Application Form. Please note that the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form should be sent as a separate document with your application form and will not be seen by the shortlisting panel.

Assistant Producer (Manchester)

March 11th, 2019|Comments Off on Assistant Producer (Manchester)

Salary £20,000 Pro Rata – Part Time Fixed Term

(2.5 days per week, May – October 2019)

ArtReach is a dynamic cultural development agency that helps support and drive high-quality arts and heritage initiatives.

ArtReach delivers four key strands of work:

  1. Festival and event creation, programming, production and delivery (see www.nightoffestivals.com and www.journeysfestival.com)
  2. Public art commissioning and project management
  3. Strategic development (including visioning, business planning, fundraising and board development)
  4. Capital cultural project development and delivery (encompassing feasibility studies, development activity and project management)

We are seeking an Assistant Producer to join our team, on a 6-month fixed term, part-time basis (2.5 days per week), to support the Senior Producer in the delivery of Journeys Festival International in Manchester.

Journeys Festival International Manchester will take place Thursday 3rd – Sunday 13th October 2019. The Assistant Producer will need to be available for the duration of the festival.

Closing date is 12pm on Tuesday 26 March 2019 and interviews will be held in Manchester on Tuesday 2 April 2019. 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.

The Job Description, Person Specification, and Application Form are available upon request from admin@artreach.biz . Please submit a single page cover letter indicating why you’d like to work with ArtReach, along with a completed application form and Equal Opportunities Form to admin@artreach.biz. You may also attach a curriculum vitae to support your application if you wish, however, all applicants must complete the Application Form. Please note that the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form should be sent as a separate document with your application form and will not be seen by the shortlisting panel.

Arts & Heritage project brings fresh approach to hidden city centre jewel.

February 28th, 2019|Comments Off on Arts & Heritage project brings fresh approach to hidden city centre jewel.

In the midst of urban development, and the heart of Leicester City Centre, sits a grade 1 listed medieval church which is soon to become a hive of cultural activity. Thanks to a new partnership between Leicester based contemporary arts development agency, ArtReach, and the Churches Conservation Trust, All Saints Church, which is located on Highcross Street, just behind Highcross shopping centre, is now to become centre stage for a wealth of arts projects and activities.

Simon Brown ArtReach Managing Director explained, “In 2018 we were able to use this fantastic building to launch the 6th edition of the annual Journeys Festival International. Which, delivered by ArtReach, explores refugee experiences through great art. We were honoured to hold last year’s Festival launch in the historical setting of All Saints. We hosted an exhibition of visual arts by refugees living in the Calais Camps, an art installation piece from a local refugee artist and had some marvellous live Launch music from local singer, Lydia Unsudimi. We then had the idea that this, often overlooked, historical jewel in the city centre could become a new hub for cultural activity in Leicester.”

Big plans are afoot for the building which has stood in the centre of old Leicester since the 12th century. Maddie Smart, Executive Producer for ArtReach explained the current plans. “Working in collaboration with the Y-Theatre, and thanks to Heritage Lottery funding, the first project in the church, Sanctuaries, will work with a group of young people to explore local historical sites of sanctuary. Then, with professional artists, we will develop their findings into performances, installations and exhibitions all led and created by the young participants. We also have Heritage Lottery funding to further explore the history of the church and to create a sound installation reflecting that history as part of Journeys Festival International this August. Subsequently, plans include a community play as part of a new Night of Festivals event in Leicester in March 2020”.

ArtReach Founding Director and Chair, David Hill, added
“It’s amazing to see the Churches Conservation Trust giving the opportunity for ArtReach and our Festivals to deliver a wide array of cultural heritage and performance projects in a building that’s stood here for around 700 years. It’s so exciting to have the ability to bring this glorious building back into the heart of Leicester’s vibrant arts scene.”
The Sanctuaries project will work with participants that are involved in the Y Theatre and their creations will be shared through public performances and exhibitions later in the year. With a hive of future plans for arts projects and community engagement, it seems that this little known wonder of Leicester’s cultural heritage is, once again, about to feature at the heart of the city’s cultural activity.

Judith Patrick Head of Region – North for The Churches Conservation Trust said “We are delighted that All Saints’, Leicester will host a number of amazing projects by ArtReach which will connect the local community with local history with various forms of modern art.”

Call Out For Artistic & Heritage Collaborators

February 15th, 2019|Comments Off on Call Out For Artistic & Heritage Collaborators

ArtReach is working on an exciting new two-year project to deliver a programme of Arts & Heritage activity in a beautiful Grade 1 listed disused church (All Saints Church) in the heart of Leicester. It’s looking for people to work collaboratively in developing projects and ideas for the space, particularly across the following roles:

  • Local historians / heritage facilitators
  • Heritage Research Volunteers
  • Artists (any artform)
  • Creative Writers
  • Set Designers
  • Theatre Directors
  • Arts / Event Managers

This is general call out to create pool of interested collaborators. We expect a number of freelance and volunteer opportunities over the next 2 years.

Please register your interest by sending a brief summary of your experience and any specific interests within the project to allsaints@artreach.biz
ArtReach has secured a two-year lease from Churches Conservation Trust to turn the currently disused All Saints Church into a thriving cultural venue in the heart of Leicester, to give young people and diverse communities more access to great art, and to develop emerging artists, giving them opportunities to connect with new audiences.

Immediate Projects With confirmed support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, ArtReach will deliver a project to explore the heritage of All Saints Church, the building and its contents, as well as the history of the immediate area. Working with a Heritage Research specialist and a team of local volunteers the project will see the creation of a heritage booklet of local stories and histories, a sound installation and a new piece of community theatre, all responding to and exploring the rich history of the building.  

The second project entitled Sanctuaries: exploring the history of safe spaces, also supported by Heritage Lottery Fund through the national Kick the Dust programme and Y Heritage (through Leicester YMCA), will offer young people the opportunity to create an immersive installation in All Saints Church as part of Refugee Week 2019.

The young participants will work with an artist and a director to design and deliver installations representing their own safe spaces which will be animated by live performance, audio and video.   Future Projects ArtReach is currently developing a mixed model usage for the space, as part of which it will need to test ideas and projects. If you would like to suggest or discuss an idea please get in touch with allsaints@artreach.biz in the first instance.

School’s ‘Sculptures of Sound’ to take Centre Stage at Corby Mardi Gras!

February 13th, 2019|Comments Off on School’s ‘Sculptures of Sound’ to take Centre Stage at Corby Mardi Gras!

Local school children are working on the Corby Sound Sculptures Project with Creative Futures, which will be a significant part of this year’s Corby Mardi Gras. Taking place outside The Core at Corby Cube and in Thoroughsale and Hazel Woods this year’s annual event led by Leicester based cultural development agency ArtReach in partnership with Made in Corby and Same Sky, on March 30, is set to be bigger than ever.

The children at St Patrick’s Primary School, Studfall Junior Academy and Hazel Leys Academy are working with artist Liam Hadjipetrou from Creative Futures on workshops with an innovative approach which will combine sculpture and music. The school workshops will lead to the production of an art work created by local pupils. This large scale installation, which will be showcased in the centre of Corby and coinciding with the Corby Mardi Gras event, will also be interactive, allowing people to explore this great new project for themselves.

The theme for this year’s Corby Mardi Gras is Corby stories and several workshops are available for the public to participate in that will allow people to contribute to some of the creations that will feature in this fantastic, free, family day out.

Arts charity Same Sky, whose colourful illuminated lantern sculptures have been the centre of the enchanted woodland promenade since the first Mardi Gras, are hosting a workshop at Corby Library on the first Monday of half term from 1pm-4pm. John Varah Artistic Director of Same Sky told us, “This workshop is a great way for anyone in Corby to feed into the Mardi Gras. On Monday 18th February everyone is welcome to drop into the workshops at the library. Not only will we be hosting free arts activities for people of all ages but we’ll be collecting stories from local people that will act as a source of inspiration for this year’s main event. Same Sky has also created an arts engagement device that we’re sharing with local retirement homes and community groups that may find it challenging to come to the event in person. These groups will be making smaller contributions, but when combined these creations will form an important part of this year’s woodlands promenade.” People will also be able to use these creative tools live on the day of the main event.

That’s not all! Corby’s Rooftop Art Centre team are hosting regular lantern making workshops, every Saturday from 1pm-3pm, on February 16th, 23rd and March 9th, 16th and 23rd. The workshop for March 2nd is already fully booked. People should head to Rooftop Arts Centre website to book spaces for the rest of the creative sessions.

Dinah Kazakoff, Director of Rooftop Arts Centre explained, “It’s great to see one of the free workshops is already fully booked but we do encourage everyone to join us for a workshop. We’re raising awareness of our ‘Young Creators’ art sessions which we run regularly on Saturdays but it’s great to contribute to the Mardi Gras on March 30. At these lantern workshops, which are free to all, we’ll be creating smaller, portable, lanterns that people can then use to join in the public parade through the illuminated woodlands at 6pm as part of the main event.”

So it seems that there are a number of ways in which, local people, can contribute to this year’s exciting event. From making your own artistic creations to sharing stories of Corby as your home town, or just attending the day with your friends and family.

Don’t forget that on top of all these opportunities to get creative for the Mardi Gras the event itself (which is entirely free and on March 30) will also feature fantastic performances from funky marching band the King Brasstards, local choir Deep Roots Tall Trees, a superb ‘Saxophone’ choir and street theatre performances from award winning theatre company, Highly Sprung Performance Company. The street theatre performance, Journeys Home, will feature local people as part of the performance and is also based on stories from the area.

Be sure to follow developments and plans for the event by searching Facebook for Corby Mardi Gras 2019, use #CorbyMardiGras2019.

Corby Mardi Gras returns for 2019!

February 1st, 2019|Comments Off on Corby Mardi Gras returns for 2019!

The popular Corby Mardi Gras returns for the third year on Saturday March 30, 1pm-8pm. Produced by Leicester based cultural development agency ArtReach in partnership with Made in Corby, Corby Mardi Gras invites the local community to celebrate together at an enchanting event which will spread across the town like wildfire!

The theme for this year’s Corby Mardi Gras is Corby stories and several workshops will be available for the public to participate in that will allow people to contribute to some of the creations that will feature in this fantastic, free, family day out.

In partnership with Made in Corby, ArtReach presents a spectacular event that invites the community of Corby to experience a day of street theatre performances, live music, inspirational sound installations and captivating illuminated sculptures.

Leicester based masters of musical mayhem, King Brasstards, will bring their unusual style of brass band back to the event this year as they perform modern day classics in a fresh and funky format. Award winning, outdoor theatre specialists, Highly Sprung will perform a brand new performance, ‘Journeys of Home’. Local people who have journeyed to Corby to make it their home will be sharing a performance created with Highly Sprung, including a finale around a large tree, to celebrate their cultural heritage, family trees and growing roots here in Corby.

Thousands of people are, once again, anticipated to attend and enjoy the event and throughout the day local people will wind their way through Thoroughsale and Hazelwoods to experience the enchanting illuminations and sculptures created by Same Sky productions. This promenade experience has been possible this year due to funding from Arts Council England. As part of a health and wellbeing funded initiative, locals will be encouraged to walk the entire route this year and an app will be available to download that explores the sculptures and stories along the way.

Rooftop Arts Centre’s Young Creators group, again due to funding from Arts Council England, will be making pyramid lanterns in open workshops which will also feature at the event, whilst the team from Creative Futures will work with local schools to create some of the sound installations.

Marian Anderson, from Made in Corby told us, “We’re thrilled to be working with ArtReach on 2019’s Corby Mardi Gras, and it’s great that this year the event has managed to secure more funding. To put it simply that means it will be a bigger event with more activity, more to see and more to get involved with at this year’s Mardi Gras. The illuminations, performances from award winning bands and theatre companies, alongside some excellent local groups means that this year’s Mardi Gras should be the best yet! We really want to create an event that everyone from Corby, and those visiting, feel a sense of ownership for, an event that really helps us celebrate our wonderful town and the great communities that live locally.”

It seems that March 30th is a date for all our diaries and if like us, you’re want something incredible to look forward to after Christmas, then be sure to follow developments and plans for the event by searching Facebook for Corby Mardi Gras 2019, use #CorbyMardiGras2019 or visit websites www.madeincorby.co.uk. We’ll also be publishing more news about this event as we receive these exciting updates! See you there!