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Journeys Festival International – Ambassador and Volunteer Call Out

June 15th, 2022|Comments Off on Journeys Festival International – Ambassador and Volunteer Call Out


Festival Ambassadors

We are looking for Festival Ambassadors to join us over 3 days for an amazing outdoor arts festival in Leicester’s city centre.

Journeys Festival International will bring the streets to life with performances and artworks from across the world. The programme ranges from live music and puppetry performances, street theatre, dance, circus, comedy to a spectacular large-scale show. 

Festival Ambassadors are the public face of the festival. As a Festival Ambassador you will be stationed at one of the festival sites, working alongside the ArtReach team, production crew, volunteers, security and roaming event and zone managers to support audiences and artists throughout the festival. Responsibilities might include coordinating volunteers, being the artist liaison, supporting technical teams with get ins and get outs, being a main point of contact for a specific performance and/or area of the festival site, communicating with audiences, giving out additional information, supporting the ArtReach Access Officer, helping with evaluation and supporting the ArtReach team with any other duties as needed.

You will be fully briefed on your role and have opportunities to ask questions and learn about the festival and artists, so you can answer questions from the public about the festival and provide a warm and friendly presence to artists and our audiences. Please be aware that the role will involve lots of time on your feet and be outdoors.

How to apply:

Please send your CV with a Cover Letter outlining why you are interested in the role and what relevant skills and experiences you have. Please also provide details of two referees along with your availability to work for the festival between 12 and 14 August 2022. 

Send CV and covering letter to: by 5.00pm on 6 July 2022.

Interviews will take place on 18 and 19 July. All candidates will be informed whether they have been invited to be interviewed by 12 July. 

Rate of Pay:

£10 per hour

Dates and Times:

Friday 12 August 2022: 6.00pm – 9.00pm

Saturday 13 August 2022: 11.00am – 10.30pm 

Sunday 14 August 2022: 11.00am – 10.30pm

Shift times will be agreed prior to contracting, breaks will be given throughout the shift

What we are looking for:

Please apply if you have:

  • Experience of working at festivals, events, performances or similar roles.
  • A keen interest in delivering community and/or cultural events. 
  • Confidence in dealing with members of the public and audiences.
  • Flexible approach and willingness to take on a range of different tasks as and when required.
  • Willingness to work at weekends and in the evenings as required.
  • Experience in supporting the production elements of arts festivals and projects e.g. venue liaison, working with artists or being a stage assistant.
  • Ability to think practically to deliver the needs of events.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills and a friendly and approachable manner.  
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure.
  • A commitment to support ArtReach in achieving equality and diversity in its work and events. 
  • Knowledge of local arts and cultural organisations and venues in Leicester (would be desirable). 



We’re looking for motivated volunteers to support us in the delivery of Journeys Festival International this summer.

If you’re looking to gain some experience in festival and event delivery or you just want to support a project in your local community, then join us as a volunteer at Journeys Festival International. You will be able to shadow our team of professionals and carry out a range of different tasks that you feel able to take on. No previous festival experience is required, but you will gain valuable skills and memories to build on.

How to apply:

To apply, please tell us about you, your skills and experience and why you are interested in the role in an email to

Please also provide the details of two referees (these can be work-based or educational references). 

Deadline to apply: 5.00pm, 6 July 2022


This is a voluntary position and we will reimburse out-of-pocket expenses incurred whilst supporting the festival.

Dates and Times:

Friday 12 August 2022: 6.00pm – 9.00pm

Saturday 13 August 2022: 11.00am – 10.30pm 

Sunday 14 August 2022: 11.00am – 10.30pm

Shift times will be agreed in advance and breaks will be given throughout the shift.

What you can expect:

  • Shifts will be for a few hours at a time where you will support different members of the team as they prepare for and deliver the festival.
  • You will visit different installation sites and talk to artists and venue managers and get feedback or take action as necessary. 
  • You may have to spend some time outdoors and could be on your feet for several hours.
  • You may be required to talk to members of the public and answer questions about the festival.

What we are looking for:

Please apply if you have:

  • A keen interest in delivering community and/or cultural events. 
  • Confidence in dealing with members of the public and audiences.
  • A flexible approach and willingness to take on a range of different tasks as and when required.
  • The willingness to travel and to work at weekends and in the evenings as required.
  • Commitment to equality and diversity.






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EMCCAN is looking for a new Chief Executive

June 10th, 2022|Comments Off on EMCCAN is looking for a new Chief Executive

ArtReach is supporting the East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Arts Network’s (EMCCAN) Board of Directors to recruit a new Chief Executive to lead this exciting and innovative organisation, which aims to inspire, lead and nurture carnival arts in the East Midlands.

The new Chief Executive will lead EMCCAN and guide its development beyond its current ACE NPO programme, creating new links and launching new initiatives for the East Midlands Carnival sector in a post-pandemic world.

If you are interested in applying for the role or would like more information, contact Lynn for a copy of the Job Application pack on

You can also download the Job Application Pack and Application Form using the links below:

Application Pack: CEO Job Application Pack EMCCAN

Application Form: Application Cover Form – EMCCAN Chief Executive

More about this exciting role:

As Chief Executive, you will work alongside a skilled and experienced network of carnival professionals and volunteers to successfully deliver four Caribbean Carnivals in Derby, Leicester, Nottingham and Northampton and an annual Regional Costume Competition. You will help EMCCAN to publicise and share best practice with the UK carnival sector and showcase the achievements, reach and artistic quality of its carnivals, events and engagement projects to key stakeholders.

Now embedded in the UK’s Carnival arts sector, EMCCAN is in its 12th year of operation. In 2012 it became an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation in recognition of its excellent track record that builds on 45 years of East Midlands Caribbean Carnivals and the hard work and commitment of over 340 volunteers that make its carnival season a success. It has recently submitted a proposal to ACE for further funding between 2023 and 2026 (outcome is due in October 2022).

Building on the substantial achievements of EMCCAN’s outgoing Chief Executive, Donna Fox, you will bring with you your passion and commitment to carnival arts and your substantial experience in an arts leadership position. As EMCCAN’s new Chief Executive, you will be supported by a dedicated Board of Directors who are committed to ensuring EMCCAN can deliver on its vision and mission and work in ways that embody our values, in particular giving voice to those that are underrepresented and to ensuring inclusivity across all our work. This includes our recruitment processes and we welcome applications from all sections of the community, especially those who are underrepresented in the arts sector.

The closing date for this role is Sunday 3rd July.

What is Dynamism anyway?

June 9th, 2022|Comments Off on What is Dynamism anyway?

In 2021, Arts Council England launched its new 10-year strategy Let’s Create. Included in their delivery plan are four Investment Principles which identify the focus of their investment over the next 10 years in developing the arts sector in England. Perhaps the most talked about Investment Principle has been Dynamism – but what exactly does it mean and what does the Arts Council expect from arts organisations?

It’s all about resilience and how your organisation can be strong enough to meet the challenges of the next decade. With the pandemic affecting cultural organisations to a great extent, it became clear that those with Dynamism built into their organisations were able to survive the trials of the pandemic better.

Dynamism is also where our consultancy team focuses their work. Our consultants have been supporting various organisations through this difficult time, helping them to build the element of resilience into their future plans. Where we’ve been able to work with organisations over longer periods of time, we’ve seen how they have grown their Dynamism to become strong, sustainable companies who can weather the storm.

So, what should be considered when we think about Dynamism for our organisations?

We’ve put together five areas that you should think about when starting to build your organisation’s resilience for the future:

  1. Diversify your income streams.
    Look at where your sources of income come from: Are you overly reliant on one area? Analyse your funding mix – does your organisation have a mixture of income from grants, earned income, sales and donations? Can you develop the mix better so that if one income stream fails, you have others to keep you going through hard times?
  2. Develop your skills.
    We believe that investing in training and skills-development for your teams is an investment in your future. Not only will your staff feel a better sense of job satisfaction by having the opportunity to develop their skills, they will also be able to work more dynamically, applying their new skills and knowledge to improve ways of working in the organisation, streamlining processes and applying knowledge and insights to solve problems. Work with your teams to look at the areas in your organisation that could do with an upgrade or new thinking and then give your teams the skills to address them.
  3. Provide focused leadership.
    One of the things we learned from the pandemic was that when times are really tough, we should go back to the fundamentals: Re-focus on what your company really does, what is its main purpose and who are the communities that you serve? Stay focused on the fundamental mission of your organisation and make sure that every activity you undertake is working towards that mission. This might mean cutting back on some unnecessary things that are distracting you from your focus or just aren’t working anymore. Know your purpose and stay focused.
  4. Watch the trends.
    What processes do you use to really know what your audiences, participants or service-users really need from you? Do they still need what they used to need or have things changed? How good is your communication with your audiences? Do you have your finger on the pulse with what’s changing in your sector for your audiences or your geographic area? Get involved in those political discussions and know what’s coming up on the horizon – then you can make sure that your organisation is well placed to meet those new needs when they arise.
  5. Flex your working practices!
    This is really about supporting your workforce. Another thing we learned from the pandemic is how hard working-life became for many people, particularly for those who suddenly had to balance home-schooling their kids with holding down a job or trying to work at home. What made this easier for workers were employers who were prepared to consider flexible working – giving staff the ability to change their hours, having the choice of working from home or in a work base and having structured check-ins to ensure that everybody’s wellbeing is looked after. Losing staff at a critical time can be devastating for organisations, so being flexible to your staff’s working needs is really important to ensure that they stay with you and that your organisation continues to benefit from their extensive knowledge and experience.

You can find out more about all four of the Arts Council England’s Investment Principles at their online Resource Hub.

If you’re considering applying for funding from the Arts Council, you will need to know about the Investment Principles for your application. We offer an online workshop at the end of June to explore in depth how to write an application using the Investment Principles. You can also talk to one of our highly experienced consultants to find out how we can help your organisation to become more dynamic: Email our Arts and Heritage Consultant or book onto one of our Consultancy Surgeries.



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Now Open For Bookings – Consultancy Surgery Slots!

June 9th, 2022|Comments Off on Now Open For Bookings – Consultancy Surgery Slots!

Do you have a project idea that you want to get funded and off the ground? Does an area of your business need development? Or perhaps you want some help focusing on your vision?

ArtReach is offering free 1-hour ‘surgery’ slots to freelancers and organisations in the arts and heritage sector who wish to explore these questions or any other ideas with one of our consultants.

We can help you think about what you or your organisation might need, how to get started and where best to get support.

Surgery slots are 1 hour long and take place quarterly on:

Tuesday 5 July 2022
Monday 12 September 2022
Wednesday 9 November 2022
Tuesday 10 January 2023
Wednesday 8 March 2023

Slots will be available to book between 1.30pm and 6.00pm on weekdays for the next available surgery date, either online or at LCB Depot’s Reception/Café area in 31 Rutland Street, LE1 1RE, Leicester.

To book your slot, visit the online booking form here.

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Professional Development Workshops in 2022

June 7th, 2022|Comments Off on Professional Development Workshops in 2022

In our professional development workshops in 2022, we offer a series of learning and business development workshops aimed at freelancers and organisations in the arts and heritage sectors looking for support in business planning, fundraising and measuring impact.


The series of workshops include:

Succeeding in the New Arts Council England Project Grants Application

30 June, 2.00pm – 4.00pm:

Get tips on how to best represent your project when applying to Arts Council England for Project Grants.

In 2021, Arts Council England launched its new strategy Let’s Create, followed by a new application form for applying for Project Grants. This workshop will help you to make sense of the new form and to plan on how you can structure a proposal that supports Let’s Create. You will learn how to write about your project under the new headings of Let’s Create’s three Outcomes and Investment Principles that are now required in order to apply for a Project Grant.

Book your place here


Proving Your Impact Through a Story of Change

21 July, 2.00pm – 4.00pm:

Prove your impact by creating an effective evaluation plan for your cultural projects using an approach that is right for your organisation!

Get an overview on how to create and plan a structured and effective evaluation plan for your cultural projects. With insights on how to identify appropriate measuring tools, you can make sure your data (and other data) can help the development of your arts or heritage organisation or projects.

Book your place here.


Writing Your Business or Development Plan

29 September, 2.00pm – 4.00pm:

Learn more about the benefits of having a business plan for your arts or heritage organisation and how to create one that fits your needs best.

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)

Many people are daunted by the idea of having to write a Business Plan with all that needs to be considered, especially if you’re a charity or not-for-profit. This workshop will provide you with clear, practical actions to consult on and write your strategic plan for how your business or organisation can develop.

It will lead you through all the areas you should consider when developing your plan, with tools to help you structure your thinking and create a plan that will help you grow and achieve your ambitions.

Book your place here.


How to Get Lottery Funding

11 October, 2.00pm – 4.00pm:

Get an overview of the three Lottery Funding bodies that are most relevant to organisations in the arts and heritage sectors.

National Lottery grants are distributed by different organisations who all have different priorities, different processes but also common interests. Researching all this information can seem like a minefield, so this workshop aims to cut through the confusion and present the main things to consider with each funder. We will discuss how to decide what to apply for and key tips to make sure you have the right things in place to give you the best chance of success. The three Lottery funders covered are: Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund and National Community Lottery Fund.

Book your place here.


Top Tips and Tools For Fundraising Success

30 November, 2.00pm – 4.00pm:

With this step by step guide, get ready to prepare and write your funding bids.

Fundraising can be a challenge and extremely disheartening when applications for funding are declined. It takes time to develop high-quality bids. For many, it is also about having a bit more confidence.

This online workshop is about supporting you step by step to prepare and write a range of funding bids and approaches to funders such as Lottery, Trusts and Foundations and also individual donors. The workshop will share some top tips and tools to save time, boost your confidence and increase your success.

Book your place here.

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Developing Nuneaton and Bedworth’s new Cultural Strategy

May 30th, 2022|Comments Off on Developing Nuneaton and Bedworth’s new Cultural Strategy

It continues to be an exciting time for our consultancy team as we’re delighted to announce that ArtReach has been appointed by Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council (NBBC) to consult on and develop a Cultural Strategy for the area, following competitive tender.

Our work with Nuneaton and Bedworth will build on ArtReach’s wealth of experience working with areas – large and small – to develop cultural strategies founded on extensive creative consultation with the local arts and heritage sectors, independent and freelance practitioners, community agencies, audiences and businesses, such as our recent work in Halton and previously in places such as Stevenage, Luton, York and with Fenland District Council.

Providing a strategy for the next five years in Nuneaton and Bedworth will enable a shared vision for the future of culture within the borough. The Cultural Strategy will recognise the importance of current activity in creating social and economic benefits, the needs of local audiences and identify future opportunities for growth. 

With the challenges and restrictions of the pandemic still being noticeable, the Borough Council aims to raise awareness for the importance of cultural activity, as Councillor Sue Markham, Portfolio Holder for Public Services for the Council explains: “The feedback received as part of the Towns Fund bid has illustrated just how much the cultural aspects of local life are valued and the wish by residents to see these enhanced. Adopting a Cultural Strategy is particularly important as the effects of Covid are still being felt. Moving forward the value of cultural activity will be part of the strategy to safeguard existing resources and identify routes to further investment.”

Our Arts and Heritage Consultant Jo Dacombe is looking forward to collaborating with partners to develop the vision for Nuneaton and Bedworth by bringing her extensive expertise into the process and addressing these challenges too: “It will be especially vital to demonstrate the positive impact that a Cultural Strategy can have in a post-pandemic world, especially bringing creative communities together and enlivening town centres.”

We’re excited to work with Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council to develop a Cultural Strategy that will highlight the borough’s cultural future and explore practical ways to bring people together through cultural activities and strengthen the local cultural ecology.