Can you enable children to explore their local area ‘with glittering eyes’ and find the magic of creativity there? We are looking for a Project Artist who is experienced and skilled at working with children, creating collaborative pieces and making art in public spaces. You’ll also be passionate about providing cultural opportunities for those who may not always have access to them and excited about the connections between creativity, placemaking and wellbeing.
The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre is seeking to appoint a Project Artist to design, resource and deliver a programme of activities as well as fabricate and install a public artwork in the Chesham area.
The ‘Glittering Eyes’ project is working with Waterside Primary Academy Chesham in person and online to show them how their own part of Buckinghamshire can be a place to spark, shape and show off their creativity, starting from Dahl’s method of noticing the little things in the world around him.
- Creative sessions run first for school staff and then for the pupils which focus on local environment as a space for creative inspiration.
- Sessions will be:
a. Live streamed workshops that engage with Roald Dahl’s example of working in this way delivered by the Roald Dahl Museum.
b. In school, creative sessions delivered by the Project Artist, exploring a local area and producing individual creative work as a response to this area.
- Mixed sessions of school staff and pupils with Roald Dahl Museum staff led by the Project Artist. During these, participants develop a larger-scale, collective creative response.
- Final fabrication of this piece is completed by the Project Artist.
- Project Artist installs final output community in a local, public space so that it is shared with wider public and local
We are looking for a Project Artist who is:
- experienced at working with children and able to communicate with and inspire them to see with ‘glittering eyes’.
- understand the connections between creativity, place and wellbeing and be able to reflect these in exciting and innovative practical sessions.
- adept in how to produce collaborative pieces.
- experienced in delivering art in public spaces with a track record of producing high quality pieces.
- organised and efficient.
- able to work as part of a team and independently.
- able to show a clear and pragmatic approach to bringing high quality experiences to areas of limited cultural opportunity.
We are particularly keen to hear from artists who have a similar, socioeconomic background to the school’s catchment area and/or who have a proven record of working with projects that aim to increase social mobility.
Final outcome to be installed by 14 July 2023